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Sarasota (Lido Key) – 2nd November

Small room but good location very close to beach and St Armand’s Circle.

Enormous house special meal at Mexican Cantina on St Armand’s. Couple of trips to Outback on US41 and also to Gecko’s Bar/Grill. Had to drive to these.

Day at Ringling Museum and house. Lots of circus stuff, arty statues, and art gallery. Day at downtown Sarasota including chalk festival. Day at Siesta Key, which was nice but possibly not worth all the hype it gets. Anna Maria Island was more picturesque.


Treasure Island – 28th October

Short drive down via Largo Mall to pick up a cell phone, then back over to Gulf Boulevard to a good little motel on Treasure Island. No reservation, so bookes in on arrival for 5 nights.Heated pool, just across from the beach with balcony and good sized room.

Changed big wedge of Stirling at Fifth Third bank.

Day trip to Fort DeSoto, short bike ride, wander round fort.

Day trip to downtown St Petersburg, and pier. Then on to St Pete’s beach and Pass-a-Grille again.

Attempted visit to Treasure Island Athletic club (twice). Travel Tip: If you are a visitor and want to spend a day at a gym, don’t bother with this place. The door is locked and there is never anybody behind the desk, only members can get in and out with a pass code. Look elsewhere for somewhere that actually has some staff!

Couple of meals in, a few out including walk up to Bubba Gumps at Johns Pass. Worth the walk for the shrimpers catch.

Drive down to Lido Key, Sarasota via Bradenton (mall and river walk) and Anna Maria Island.