All the beautiful things

In my previous email I half-way jokingly promised there would be no whining the next time around. And am I glad I wrote most of this post days ago! Because afterwords I was tempted once again to feel sorry for myself… 🙁

There’s one good thing about me being blue. I don’t try to drag everyone around me into my own “mess-pot” and make them all feeling miserable along with me.

Sometimes I “confess” to one person and if you’ve ever been a “victim of my downtime-sharing,” you should know that I very much appreciate you listening, thank you! 🙂

Most of the time, though, I just choose to be alone, doing my best to find another way of thinking about whatever is troubling me – and persist in being a hermit until I find a new perspective.

Hence, here I am, keeping my promise after making it through some chocolate-deprived times and after having to face some not-so-happy news, finding my balance and my usual fun-loving self by eating the whole bag of Toblerone Swiss chocolates and even more so – by spending a few hours wandering around the Greek village with my camera.

I SO love to feel happy, don’t you, too?
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What’s so special about Tarpon Springs?

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Smiley face, made of natural sponges in Tarpon Springs, FL - Photo: Daria

Smiley face, made of natural sponges in Tarpon Springs, FL – Photo: Daria

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Completely unplanned, I had a few hours to kill at Tarpon Springs, a Greek village south of Spring Hill, famous for sponge docks and a popular tourist destination in this area. I’m not going to talk about the history of this place today, although it’s interesting. Instead, I’d like to share some photos I took and tell you about the impressions I collected there in one afternoon.
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Square with a fountain and Greek statue in Tarpon springs, FL - Photo: Daria

Square with a fountain and Greek statue in Tarpon springs, FL – Photo: Daria

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The temperature had to be close to 80 degrees and I was way too warm wearing jeans and three-quarter sleeve shirt. So I looked for an empty bench in a shade, took a photo above and put some notes into my little neon notebook.

I’ve been here all by myself before so I’m surprised that after all these visits I still find Sponge Docks just as intriguing as the first time I walked around. Since I spent most of my summers on the beaches along the Adriatic Sea, the Mediterranean atmosphere of Tarpon Springs is something I very much enjoy. The Greek music, laid back Greek life-style and strolling tourists have a very relaxing effect on me.
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Fishing boats in Tarpon Springs, FL - Photo: Daria

Fishing boats in Tarpon Springs, FL – Photo: Daria

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I also enjoy the boats and their names, and some special shops I visit every time, like the one with hand-made olive oil soap bars, made with herbs and essential oils. They finally had in stock my favorite soap again, made with an expensive kind of rose petals. Now my whole bathroom smells of beautiful roses… 🙂

Another shop that greatly lifted my spirits was the one with herbs and spices, where they make their own unique blends of spices and teas. That’s where I got to taste a flaky black salt and enjoyed the aroma of some wonderful tropical tea blends. I plan on doing some shopping in there the next time around!

I saved it for last, a little shop, hidden on the back of the square. I accidentally discovered it during one of my visits. There are tons of clothes available all over the place – but only this one has dresses, created out of lace, hand made in Bali. I was totally enchanted by them when I first saw and touched them. This time, I had time and I decided to go and try on a few.
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Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, FL - Photo: Daria

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, FL – Photo: Daria

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Two very helpful and kind Greek ladies helped me find a few lace dresses in different lengths, styles and colors. And there was that one perfect dress that felt like it was made for me, and fit in every way. As I came out of the fitting room to see myself in the mirror, a couple walked into the store. The gentleman looked at me and said, “You can not wear this dress unless you’re the bride…” The rest of the conversation I’ll keep for myself. Oh, and the dress wasn’t white, no.

Later on, the store owner lady teased me that the name of the dress sold me even more than a dress itself. I’m not going to share what the name was, either… lol
That would be way too revealing!
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Greek pastries, Tarpon springs, FL - Photo: Daria

Greek pastries, Tarpon springs, FL – Photo: Daria

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Another place I always visit is the Greek bakery. I don’t usually eat any of the pastries there, they are a bit too sweet for my taste but I greatly enjoy the aromas, the colors, designs and the shapes of all the desserts on display. As I was taking photo above, someone who walked by, commented, “You just saved yourself all those calories!”
My reply was, “Yes, and I get to enjoy these sweets for ever…”
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Colorful boats, Tarpon Ssprings, Florida - Photo: Daria

Colorful boats, Tarpon Ssprings, Florida – Photo: Daria

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Last, but not least, I overheard a conversation that kept me giggling for a long time. Residents of Tarpon Springs must be mostly Greeks, speaking Greek most of the time. Therefore, they speak English with a heavy accent which I thoroughly enjoy. Some of their English words are pronounced in the most amusing way.

So there was one lady, explaining to another about her hibiscus plant that froze during the cold spell. The funny part was that she pronounced “hibiscus” as “eye-biscuit” – and I loved it! 🙂

All the way down, at the end of Sponge Docks, I discovered a blooming bougainvillea bush. I couldn’t resist, I had to take another shot.
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Blooming bougainvillea bush, Tarpon Springs, FL - Photo: Daria

Blooming bougainvillea bush, Tarpon Springs, FL – Photo: Daria

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Slovenian-American Club – Suncoast Dance and Party Center

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One more dance added to the March schedule

We added another dance to our March 2012 schedule. On Friday, March 16, Nu Soundz band will be entertaining at our hall for the first time – from 4 to 8 PM. Please join us for another fun event. Food will be available starting at 3:30 PM.
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Spring Festival and the campsite

We still have some motorhome slots available for 2012 Spring Festival weekend, March 9, 10 and 11. In case you’re interested in staying at our Club’s campsite for the weekend, in your mobile home, please make reservations as soon as possible. Call Daria at : 727*753*9631
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Upcoming events

To find out about the hotel discounts during your stay in Spring Hill for one of our events, go to:
Good news: Discounts and more!
and then click on “Hotel discounts” in the List of Contents.
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Past events

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Heartwarming movie

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Someone sent me a movie below. It’s about all the beautiful things and reasons why being alive in this moment is so precious: love, friendship, snow dogs, northern lights, breathtaking nature and a great story. I had chills all over watching it and figured some of you might appreciate it as well.
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Tissue, anyone?

Till next time

Oscar from Miami just called me, telling me he was coming to Spring Hill for the first time – with his wife and his cousin Tatjana from Postojna. These are the kinds of news that make all of my advertising worthwhile. But that wasn’t all.

Oscar’s longtime friend Bert from Canada told Oscar to give me a hug in his name. I only know Bert because he is reading my newsletters and comments on them once in a while. I don’t think he’s ever been to one of our Spring Hill events.

Anyway, just letting you know that since I’ll have to do the admission, I won’t be able to hug everyone that comes in this Sunday. That would probably cause a bad traffic jam… lol

But I am very happy to see you all and even more so when I see you having fun, dancing and socializing.

The birds outside my open window are being obnoxiously loud, they are making me laugh, so I’m sending your way a birds-singing-about-spring tune, sunshine and a virtual hug.

From my heart,
Daria
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About the author

Daria

Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

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anne gombocs - February 8, 2012

Did my last comment get thru.

Anne

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Catherine Feil - February 9, 2012

I love Tarpon Springs and enjoying walking around and enjoying all the wonderful sights. I also love the food—all of it. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Daria - February 9, 2012

    I knew I had to share these photos as I was taking them. It was a perfect day with beautiful, puffy clouds in the sky and I had so much fun that day! 🙂

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anne gombocs - February 9, 2012

Sorry my comment did not go thru. I said I enjoyed what you wrote about Tarpon Springs and asked if you ever went to St. Michael’s Shrine on Hope St. in Tarpon Springs.

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    Daria - February 9, 2012

    Thank you, Anne, and no – I’ve never been to the shrine in Tarpon Springs. I usually go to the docks or to Frank Howard Park, my favorite beach around here. I’ll think about expanding my horizons a little bit some time soon because I’d also like to visit the Epiphany festival once and take some photos of those crazy guys, diving for the key… 🙂

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