Saturday, February 21, 2009

Train station at Sumter Landing

This is another "Disney" touch. There are no trains. One can't have a "hometown," however, without a train station. Ergo, the folks in charge built an "old" train station. It's very nice, though.

College football game in Orlando

Fishing boat

Photo by Lois Anne

Friday, February 20, 2009

Looking from bayside at night

Homes and waterways - Naples, Florida

If you can afford it, it doesn't get much better than this. Naples is on Florida's Southwest Coast, a beautiful city. This scene features a waterway just inland from the Gulf of Mexico and close to an upscale shopping center.

Dancing in the Town Square at Sumter Landing

Both of The Villages' Hometowns offer music and dancing in their town squares just about every night of the year. People come to listen, dance, watch, and you can buy your favorite beverages, too. Some of the bands and singers are excellent!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sunset at Sumter Landing

Photo by Lois Anne.

Daytona Beach

Hurricane damage

Not too long ago, this was a functioning pier and shack. But one of the hurricanes that blew through Cedar Key ended that. Now, it sits forlornly on the water, a broken reminder of what used to be.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award

It was a great and wonderful surprise to be provided this award by Liege City Daily Photo. Our thanks and gratitude to Greg Dimitriadis!

We now wish to present this award to seven other bloggers and that is especially difficult for we have hundreds of favorites!

Nevertheless, we have selected the following:

1. Riga Daily Photo
2. Tallahassee Daily Photo
3. Bourg by Max
4. Telluride Daily Photo
5. Amsterdam Daily Photo
6. A Yankee in Belgrade
7. Glasgow Daily Photo

Tour boat on Lake Sumter

Biking around Cedar Key

We stopped for a few minutes to take pictures at this main canal on the western side of Cedar Key. Photo by Lois Anne.

Wild waters at Ormond Beach

It was a very windy day, stirring up the waters in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo by Lois Anne.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bench at Florida National Cemetery

Florida National Cemetery is a U.S. veteran's cemetery located amid the rolling hills of Bushnell, Florida. It is a beautiful and appropriate site to honor Florida's veterans of the Armed Forces. You can see a few stone markers in the background.

Looking for little fishes or?

This young lad is vacationing with his parents at a resort on the Gulf of Mexico, across from the Cedar Key dock area.

Sunset over Spanish Springs

This beautiful photo by Lois Anne pictures the sun setting over the Hometown of Spanish Springs. The majority of people living in The Villages get around via golf carts.

Monday, February 16, 2009


The two "hometown" areas of The Villages are Disney-like creations, their ambiance designed specifically to provide various experiences. For example, Sumter Landing is on a small lake. The wooden pier and walkways, stores and restaurants, lights, and all the other trappings let you feel like they've been there forever and they developed over time.

Thus, the lighthouse at Sumter Landing has no real function. It is decoration. But beautiful decoration. It is also a restaurant and bar.

Disney-esque though it all be, it is still beautiful and a delightful place to spend a warm evening with the one you love.

Marina and condos

Approaching storm on Hollywood Beach

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Staircase in the Weston Town Center

Along the Hollywood Beach promenade

Sunset in Boca Raton

Walking along the beach

This young lady is walking along the smallish beach area in Cedar Key. It is used mainly by tourists as Cedar Key is a fishing village.

Interior - Community Church in Spanish Springs

The Community Church in Spanish Springs (courtyard photo yesterday) is non-denominational and serves not only as a worship center but as a center for community events such as concerts. It is a beautiful building, inside and out.