Wednesday, 18 November 2009


From Disney we travelled an hour west to Tampa to visit our friends Tim, Jackie, Ben and Mitchell. Lucy and Ben had an awesome time together and were very very noisy. They both missed having playmates! With Tim headed off to work the rest of us drove half an hour west to St.Petersburg to visit the Salvador Dali museum. Although some of the museum was closed to make way for a new exhibit we still saw a fair amount of artwork whilst only paying $5. Lucy and Ben were very good at finding objects within the paintings but I left them to their own interpretations! We then had lunch at an organic cafe and wiled away a few hours feeding the babes.

Before dinner Andrew took a tour of Tim's office, an old cigar factory in the heart of Ybor City. Ybor City is the area that many Cuban immigrants moved to upon arrival in the US and it is here that they set up their cigar manufacturing. We ate dinner at Columbia's, the oldest and most famous Spanish restaurant in Ybor City. The restaurant was established in 1905 and I had their 1905 salad, prepared in front of my eyes at the table. The food was excellent as was the dancing display in the main dining room. The waiters were all dressed in tuxedos and the decor was elaborate (note the chandelier in the photo) A very fun evening and great company and food.

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