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Ringling School of Art and Design

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    • Day11

      Lido Key

      May 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Arriving back in St. Armands again!! We walked down to the beach at Lido Key to show Jayne all the Black Skimmers that were nesting there.
      We then waited for an Uber (under the watchful eye 👁 of a female pirate) to take us back to our apartment on Longboat Key in time to see the sunset 🌇.Read more

      Traveler

      Gorgeous! Lots of happy memories being made 😊

      5/8/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      Wonderful memories 💕

      5/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Jayne said she wouldn’t wear that outfit again!

      5/16/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      🤣🤣

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    • Day8

      First day in Sarasota

      May 3, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Good morning from Long Boat Key in Sarasota.

      This is our new view every morning over looking the Gulf of Mexico.

      As we didn't get time to go food (grocery) shopping; I am fast becoming quite fluent in speaking American on this vacation 🇺🇲😁. Anyway I digress, we drove, or Greg did, down to what's known as The Circle on St Armands Island, for brunch at the Cilantro Grill. Food was fabulous when it arrived but the service was terrible!!

      After we had a short stroll around looking in various shops etc.
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      Traveler

      Wow 🤩

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    • Day14

      The Greatest Show - grounds

      May 9, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      The Ringling brothers (originally Rüngling) were seven American siblings who transformed their small touring company of performers into one of America's largest circuses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1][2] Four brothers were born in McGregor, Iowa: Alfred T., Charles, John and Henry William, and the family lived in McGregor for twelve years, from 1860 until 1872. The Ringling family then moved to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and finally settled in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1875. They were of German and French descent, the children of harness maker Heinrich Friedrich August Ringling (1826–1898) of Hanover, and Marie Salome Juliar (1833–1907) of Ostheim, in Alsace.[3] In 1919, they merged their Ringling Brothers Circus with America's other leading circus troupe, Barnum and Bailey, ultimately creating the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which operated for 146 years.

      Reasonably early start to beat the crowds at The John and Mable Ringling Museum. This is one of Greg's favourite places to go either accompanied or on his own. Hopefully my photos will show there is just so much to see here, with gardens, home of the Ringlings, views over the bay, Museum and Art Galleries.
      Looking around the gardens we saw an Osprey eating its fish 🐟 supper and Banyan Tree. Banyans are strangler figs. They grow from seeds that land on other trees. The roots they send down smother their hosts and grow into stout, branch-supporting pillars that resemble new tree trunks. Banyans are the world's biggest trees in terms of the area they cover. - as Greg explains to a couple of passing ladies.
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      Traveler

      Love that, fish supper 🐟🦅 xx

      5/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      Awesome place 😊

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    • Day11

      Going our own way

      May 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      First day of being left to our own devices........

      Booked an Uber to take us from our apartment at Seaplace on Longboat Key to St. Armands. and he dropped us off right outside Foxy Lady......and he has only just met Jayne.
      So we spent an hour or so strolling around the circle and its various shops stopping for an ice-cream and the occasional selfie 🤳 before joining the Lifeguards for a photo opportunity.
      We saw the Coca-Cola lorry delivery urgent supplies before taking the free trolley 🚎 bus to downtown Sarasota.
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      Traveler

      Absolutely loving that hat Jayne 👒 xxxx

      5/7/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      Oh it was so hot, I had forgotten to take a hat out with me so I bought this 😂

      5/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Home alone xx Be good 😉🥰xx

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    • Day14

      The Greatest Show - Model

      May 9, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Roll up Roll up, the circus is in town. The train has been unloaded and the big tent is up and ready to welcome you.
      First of all there is the circus cook house where everyday:-
      2 barrels of sugar
      30 gallons of milk 🥛
      110 dozen of oranges 🍊
      200 lbs of tea and coffee ☕️
      226 dozen eggs 🥚
      2220 loaves of bread 🍞
      2479 lbs of fresh meat
      and plenty more items etc etc ....

      Now it's time to take a trip to the Ringling Museum and the World's Largest Littlest Big Top. In sunny Sarasota, hides Howard Tibbal's life work -- an exact 3/4-inch-to-the-foot scale replica of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as it might have looked from 1919 - 1938.
      All the fixings are present -- acrobats fly gracefully above the audience. A legion of mess hall workers bustles to prepare the daily meals. Horses shuffle in their stalls, children sneak peaks into the dark halls of the freak show, and Goliath the ferocious Elephant Seal bellows at onlookers. The Howard Bros. Circus, named after its creator, is 3,800 square feet in size and shows off the entire circus process from the railway to the rodeo.

      The scale of it is mindboggling, and in perfect detail to boot. For over 50 years Tibbals has worked with excruciating effort to recreate old circuses from photographs, posters, schematics and old news articles. Thousands of figures the size of your thumb populate the tiny grounds as patrons and performers. Animals from pups to elephants number in the hundreds. Tents tower overhead. In fact, there's so much going on that an observation deck was created just for you to get a bird's eye view and take it all in.
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      Traveler

      That’s some shopping list ! Xx

      5/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks amazing. The detail is incredible!

      5/13/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      ... and No credit cards to pay with!!

      5/15/22Reply
       
    • Day16

      Amish Village

      May 11, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Greg manages to stand out in a crowd!!

      You know you're in Pinecraft when you come upon large populations of men and women dressed in traditional Plain clothing and prayer coverings, often riding large-wheel adult tricycles with large baskets on the back -- a replacement for horse-and-buggy transportation, which is not allowed on city streets. Pinecraft Park is a hub of activity, with matches of shuffleboard, horseshoes and volleyball going on much of the day.

      Visitors to Sarasota delight in going beyond the beaches and heading to Pinecraft, where they can slow down a little and enjoy delicious fresh food, charming locally made gifts, and the simple pleasures in life … and pie!
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      Traveler

      you just need a beard and a hat and would fit right in Keith!

      5/14/22Reply
       
    • Day9

      Garden Wildlife

      May 4, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Like most gardens, various types of wildlife are attracted to them. Here is what we saw at the Botanical Gardens:
      - Brown Anoles (Lizards) Not only will these lizards eat their own molted skin and detached tails, but they will also eat their own hatchlings and the hatchlings of the Green Anole. Since this invasive species arrived in Florida from Cuba, there’s been a decrease in the Green Anole population. Brown Anoles have wider heads and shorter noses than other Anoles. They have long toes that enable them to move quickly, and they can attach to any surface as they climb, even glass. Their bodies are light brown with black-and-white markings on their backs and light tan lines on their sides. Like the Green Anole, the Brown Anoles have dewlaps, which are reddish-orange. They’re active during the day and love humidity. These lizards can thrive in any environment but prefer ground vegetation and places that they can bask in the sun.
      - Little Blue Heron This small, grayish blue wading bird is wide spread throughout the entire Florida peninsula yet rarer in the panhandle. Its entire range extends outside of Florida northeast and west in North America and in many locations throughout Cuba, South and Central America. Little blue herons feed on a varied diet of fish, insects and amphibians and prefer to forage alone. Their nesting behavior is far more communal, however. Little blue herons often nest in colonies in the company of other wading bird species.
      - Osprey, also known as "fish hawks," are expert anglers that like to hover above the water, locate their prey and then swoop down for the capture with talons extended. In Florida, ospreys commonly capture saltwater catfish, mullet, spotted trout, shad, crappie, and sunfish from coastal habitats and freshwater lakes and rivers for their diet.
      - Wasps
      - Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction.
      - Yellow Crowned Night Heron. Although it's name implies otherwise this bird is also quite active during daylight hours. The Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron has an average body length of 24 inches with a wingspan of 44 inches.
      Adults are slate grey, have a black head, white crown and cheek stripe, reddish eyes and yellow legs. Breeding adults have a yellow fore-crown with white plumes from nape and orange legs.
      Juveniles are grayish brown with amber eyes, white spotting and streaks above, gradually acquiring adult characteristics over a two year period.
      The Yellow Crowned Night-Heron hunts crustaceans, insects, & invertebrates in Mangroves, fresh and salt water swamps and marshes, mainly near the coast.
      - Great Blue Heron Largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and thick, daggerlike bill. Head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape; its wings are broad and rounded and its legs trail well beyond the tail. Great Blue Herons appear blue-gray from a distance, with a wide black stripe over the eye. In flight, the upper side of the wing is two-toned: pale on the forewing and darker on the flight feathers. Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wingbeats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight.
      - Red Ants of the three types of red ants in Florida this is the Fire ant and gets its name from the extremely painful sting and bite. One fire ant can sting and bite its victim repeatedly. These ants build mounds, and when a fire ant mound is disrupted, workers make their way to the surface to attack the intruder. Attacks by fire ants are coordinated as hundreds of workers sting at the same time. Feeding on almost any plant or animal material, fire ants also feed on other insects.
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      Traveler

      Keith. Copy and paste 😉

      5/7/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      😂😂😂😂😂😂. All Keith has done all holiday is taking photos & writing up on find penguin 🐧 I haven’t hardly seen him 🤣

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    • Day14

      The Greatest Show - Bay View

      May 9, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      One of America’s wealthiest couples, the Ringlings started building Ca’ d’Zan in 1924 and completed it shortly before Christmas in 1926 at the then princely sum of $1.5 million. Sadly, their happiness there was not to last, for only three years after its completion, Mable died from Addison’s disease and the complications of diabetes.

      The House

      The 36,000 square-foot house sits on a waterfront site 1,000 feet long and 3,000 feet deep. It is five stories tall and has a full basement. Constructed from terra cotta “T” blocks, concrete and brick, it is covered with stucco and terra cotta and embellished with glazed tile. Decorative tile medallions, balustrades and ornamental cresting in soft red, yellow, green, blue and ivory highlight the pink patina of the stucco and terra cotta exterior.
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      Traveler

      Gorgeous building.! You can only dream 🤩. Mind you, I wouldn’t like to pay the c/tax on that 😳

      5/11/22Reply
       
    • Day16

      The Last Supper and Sunset

      May 11, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Only a 1 hour wait, time for a beer, an enforced listening 🎶 to the band (who didn't know how to play .. Far Away 🤣🤣) then just as Greg's shrimps 🍤 were coming off the barbecue we were called to our table. Those that know me will be surprised to read that I had the Red Snapper; along with Patti, Jayne went for The Grouper and Greg had the Wahoo.
      During the meal we shared more laughter about the English language and how we say certain things and call things names that they (Americans) couldn't relate to.

      Red snapper is a large saltwater fish found in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. The most common red snapper caught and eaten is from the Gulf of Mexico. They have a “stronger” taste than other species of fish because they eat more crabs and shrimp, which makes their meat more flavourful.

      The Grouper fish can be found in 25 to 50 foot depths 1 to 12 miles off the coast of Sarasota where the black grouper are the prevalent grouper. The blacks average 6 to 12 pounds and come and go all year long but seem to be best in Spring and Fall. They hang out on all the reefs, breaks and structure they can find and some are better than others. They hide deep in the structure which makes them hard to pull out with light tackle. Since most of the fishing done in this area is on light tackle, most are lost.
      Wahoo have elongated mouths and razor-sharp teeth. These creatures are bad-ass, almost prehistoric looking fish, that swim fast, and fight fiercely — making for a fun day on the water in the Gulf of Mexico

      Wahoo have elongated mouths and razor-sharp teeth. These creatures are bad-ass, almost prehistoric looking fish, that swim fast, and fight fiercely — making for a fun day on the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

      After our early dinner it was a quick drive back to the apartment to catch our final sunset and then joy of joys pack our cases.
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      Traveler

      💓💙💓💙xx

      5/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Looks like you have had the best holidays. We have loved following your travels. Safe journey home xx

      5/15/22Reply
      Keith Eckersall

      Really had the best holiday, thanks. We have seen and done so much thanks to our friends Greg and Patti. And we still haven't done the tourist hot spots that Florida is associated with 😁

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    • Day11

      Sarasota Bay Front

      May 6, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      The free trolley 🚎 bus took us from St. Armands over Bird Key and into Sarasota. We got off as the bus started to make its return journey and headed straight down to the Marina. Stopping (not shopping 🛍) for a nice cold can of coke and a packet of crisps or as they say here chips!
      In the Marina we saw several green parrots 🦜 (their correct name being Monk Parakeets) flying around and then decided to recreate the Kissing Statue.

      What Is The Kissing Statue?

      Unconditional Surrender, otherwise known as the “Kissing Statue,” is a greater-than-life size version of a famous photograph snapped at the end of World War II. The original photograph, entitled “V-J day in Times Square” by Alfred Eisenstaedt, captures the celebratory essence of sailors, nurses and other military returning home from Europe after WWII ended. Originally printed in Life Magazine in 1945, this image was the cause of some mystery for decades as no one, including the photographer, knew the names of the couple in the photograph. Eventually, it became known that George Medonza, caught up in the spirit of the celebration that day, had grabbed Greta Zimmer Friedman, a woman he didn’t know who was walking past him at the time and kissed her before moving on in the crowd. Medonza passed away in February of 2019 at the age of 95.
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      Traveler

      Love love love this 💓💙💓💙

      5/7/22Reply
      Jayne Eckersall

      😂😂😂😂

      5/7/22Reply
      Traveler

      Fabulous. Looks a lovely place 😎

      5/8/22Reply
       

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