Saturday, July 4, 2009
La Reina, you may recall, is located in the Spanish Springs downtown area, and housed the sales offices for The Villages. The sales offices have moved to a new location and La Reina is now home to a variety of businesses as well as a large Mexican restaurant.
This photos shows some detail of the southern side of the building.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Isn't this a beautiful ristorante? One of the chefs, perhaps the chief chef, was our neighbor until he moved away a couple of years ago.
Dominig's Ristorante in Lake Sumter Landing is no more. We had always planned to eat there but when we visited Lake Sumter Landing one evening a few months ago, we found the ristorante was shut down.
We went back to Lake Sumter Landing recently, and lo and behold, there's another restaurant in that same space with a large outdoor bar where you see tables and people in the photo above. It looked very nice so we will give that a try in the near future.
I call this the Skansa building as that is the company doing the construction. The construction, however, is taking years! The building has not noticeably changed in at least three years, maybe more.
It sits just off Interstate 4 in Altamonte Springs, and from what I understand is owned by a "Christian" radio station. Evidently, the powers-that-be want to have the building paid for when it's completed and so they build as much at a time as donations will allow.
Clearly, the monies are not coming in.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Ocala National Forest begins a few miles east of Ocala. This photo was taken on State Road 40 which runs across the state to terminate at Ormond Beach.
The Ocala National Forest is huge, 383,000 acres, with numerous lakes. It offers a wide range of recreational opportunities.
Much more information about the forest is here.
These open air markets are held frequently in both downtowns - Spanish Springs and Lake Sumter Landing. This one was in Lake Sumter Landing. Wares for sale include all kinds of trinkets, household items, sporting goods, watches, glassware, etc.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
On or about St. Patrick's Day, we visited Spanish Springs in The Villages. A large number of people filled the town square for the usual evening concert. The Villages, being a fun place, dyed the waters surrounding the square a St. Patrick green.
They even brought in some Mallard ducks.
Or did they?
Are they real or is this another Disneyesque creation?
Deland, Florida is the home of Stetson University, a reputable school affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Deland, a small town, is located about 55 miles southeast of Ocala. It is quite charming with excellent shops and restaurants. This is the downtown area.
Out on Cedar Key's new pier, we were watching this gentleman fish when suddenly he began yanking his rod vigorously. Evidently his hook had become caught on the bottom or on a rock. I knew how he felt as the same thing has happened to me many times. He became more and more frustrated and yanked harder and harder until suddenly his rod snapped.
He was not a happy camper. But, he wasn't a quitter, either. Here you see him fixing up another rod so he could feed the fish one more time.