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HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK

YBOR CITY/TAMPA

sunny 80 °F

DAY 4

We woke up still to the sound of rain, but it gradually dissipated as the day went on. Every Thurs. the park does a complimentary coffee and continental breakfast, where the campers can get to know the rangers and any questions they may have. Our ranger, Brian, has a tremendous sense of humor and indulged us with lots of funny stories.
After the get together, John and I headed to Ybor City, a Miniature New Orleans and famous for it's Cuban cigar factory. First stop was the museum with information on how the cigars were made and the history of it. Though I don't smoke, it's still fascinating. Then we visited the sherif' house, where one of the officers said he would not walk ybor city at night even with a gun. Well, I'm glad we didn't come here last night. We did have lunch at an Irish Bar "James Joyce", and walked around 7th Ave, lined with cobblestone streets, restaurants and bars. This street is the heart of ybor city and is very unique. The feeling you get from all the old buildings, sidewalks and streets is moving. So many lives have come and gone with happiness and heartbreak alike. Walking down 7th Ave is to stroll into the distant past.

The campers coffee and donuts get together was a welcome relief
to an otherwise dismal rainy morning.
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Old cigar factory building being converted to condos in Ybor City
Construction was halted because the entire building was leaning.
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Very unique Irish pub in old historic Ybor City
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DAY 5
Got up early this morning with the idea 💡 to drive to Tampa area and fill our time until evening to see an Irish 🍀 singer at a pub. As it turned out the details became as important as the singer. Historic Ybor City was so interesting with all its history and old beautiful buildings. We ate at a old Cuban restaurant then caught a real trolley to Tampa's lakefront and convention center. After all this running 🏃 around both of us were so tired 😴 we could hardly walk, in fact I just wanted to lay down on the ground and go to sleep! Needless to say we bailed out on the planned Evening singing 🎤 engagement.

This is the bar that the well known movie was made from.
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So many beautiful buildings from another era here are but a few.
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Here we are hanging out on the early morning streets before the crowds.
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Here we are eating authentic Cuban food in a really old establishment on 7th avenue.
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Such a fun trolley ride to waterfront Tampa, all for just 2.50,what a deal!
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Waterfront and huge modern convention center
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After crashing a health fair for the runners in a big race tomorrow Mary is doing her own crashing.
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Posted by Bananawind2016 18:05 Archived in USA

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