Local flavor: Sarasota, Florida

Instead of rushing about to fit all the “things to do” into our relatively short weekend in Sarasota, we stopped and prayed to have a relaxing and refreshing trip and to welcome all the people we encountered with open hearts.  It was wonderful!

We got in Saturday afternoon get settled and went out to start our adventure checking out the local sights and sounds on the main strip.  Went to Mass and found one of the many painted pianos that dot the city…

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Sunday was a sunnier day than predicted so we headed out to Siesta Key. Listed as the #1 Beach in America – Located by a lively village. We made some new friends, and enjoyed food like my grandmother used to make at “A Taste of Germany.”

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While waiting for sunset, we heard drums! The community drum circle – a Siesta Key tradition. We learned that people bring their congas, djembes, snares, etc. and gather every Sunday about an hour before sundown and mark the sun’s setting well into the night. As the beat flows they herald the night with conch shell trumpets as dancers sway and pulse around a fire in colorful costumes with hoola hoops!

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Monday’s adventure was soaking up the sun on a Guided Segway Tours and chasing the sunset to Lido Beach.

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IMG_3117 IMG_3136 IMG_3141 IMG_3143 IMG_3164 IMG_3171 IMG_3197  IMG_0886 IMG_0887We wrapped up our Sarasota adventures with a very satisfying “Cherry pie and a cuppa joe.”Things were so peaceful and refreshing, yet still adventurous and fun.  We were as you are, wildly and abundantly blessed.

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