Tony and Debbie’s Florida Vacation – Part Four

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy reading about our Florida vacation.  This is part four of our trip to Florida to see my daughters.  If you would like to start at the beginning, just click HERE.

A Trip To Anne Kolb Nature Center

Anne Kolb Nature Reserve Broward County FloridaThe Anne Kolb Nature Center is situated just across the intra-coastal waterway from Hollywood Beach in Broward County, and although it’s close to the beach and where I used to live, I had never been there.  We thought this might be a good place to take the girls as a change from the pool and the beach, and educational at the same time.

The center is located in the middle of a mangrove swamp, with walkways that allow visitors to walk out into the swamp and to explore the wildlife close up, which includes various species of mangroves, and land crabs that can be seen climbing trees as well.

As well as the walks, the center does have organized boat rides through the swamp and evening excursions to see the turtles hatching in the summer months, but the latter are fully booked about a year in advance.



Steamy Day at the Anne Kolb Nature Center Broward County FloridaThe only problem we faced was that on the morning that we decided to visit, it was 95 degrees and extremely humid, in other words a typical summer day in South Florida. By the time we had taken a walk we were all dripping wet with perspiration and ready to cool off.

We returned to the condo after the walk and had a refreshing dip in the pool, followed by dinner, and then in the evening a nice walk along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, which was fairly quiet for a change.  Sometimes Hollywood Beach gets really busy, especially at the weekends, and where they rent cycles and carriages that you pedal, it can be a bit of a nightmare, since many of the users don’t keep to the lane that is set out for them.


Hollywood Beach Boardwalk FloridaWith the girls having been with us a few days now, time began to pass quicker, as it always does, and before we knew it, it was Thursday evening, and their Mom came to pick them up, as they had an Irish Dancing competition in Georgia at the weekend.

So while the girls spent the weekend being driven all the way to Georgia and back, Debbie and I prepared to see friends of ours in Deerfield Beach and to do some planned shopping, since many items are much cheaper to buy in the USA than in the UK, as well as there being a lot more choice.


Visiting Friends In Deerfield Beach

Before I moved back to the UK I spent 2 years living in Deer Creek, which is a development in Deerfield Beach, between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.  We went back to see some friends there, and if you would like to see what it’s like, you can take a Walk Around Deer Creek, which is an article that I wrote before I moved back to the UK.

It was good to see my landlord again, as well as some of the other people that we had become friendly with, including an elderly couple who had made sure that Debbie was ok when she came over to visit and I had to go to work.

We spent several hours by the pool, talking with old friends, then had dinner with my landlord, and got an invitation to go out to dinner on Sunday at a typical Jewish New York Style Diner in Boca Raton to experience traditional Jewish food from New York.

A Day Of Shopping

With the girls away in Georgia, that left us free on Saturday to go shopping.  We usually stock up on things which are cheaper in the USA, or that we just can’t get in the UK.

The day began with a trip to one of our favourite breakfast places, Golden Corral.  It may not be everyone’s choice, and does attract the “Wal-Mart crowd” if you know what I mean, but the food is good and it’s excellent value.

Then a trip to Ross Dress For Less to see what they had in the way of bargains, and after that Kohls, a store that I have always liked, not only for their choice of items but their prices and special offers.  Kohls had special discounts this weekend for their store card holders, so we both purchased some items, including gifts for the kids.

Next off to Wal-Mart again to stock up on food etc, and back to the condo as the heavens decided to open.   It’s rather sad that we spent a nice day shopping and then when we would have liked to go in the pool it rained, but that’s summer in Florida for you.

Sunday we relaxed by the pool and then headed up to Deerfield Beach, firstly to see my landlord who has a shop at the Festival Flea Market and to get some cosmetics for Debbie as there are some discount stores there.

Dinner At A New York Style Jewish Restaurant

Our friends from Deerfield took us to Ben’s Kosher Deli in Boca Raton so that Debbie and I could experience some traditional New York Jewish food, and the place was buzzing, despite it raining.

Service was excellent, and as well as munching on pickles and trying pickled green tomatoes for the first time, we got to try Matzo Ball Soup and some real corned beef.

The meal was good, as was the company, and the atmosphere was wonderful too.  The walls of the restaurant are covered with humorous quotes, for example this one:

Moses led us through the desert for 40 years until we came to the only place in the Middle East without any oil.

It was good to see our friends again, and with them being in their 80’s, you never know what the next year may bring as far as health, so it was good to spend some time with them.


Exhausted after a long dayAfter dinner we rushed back to the beach condo, in time for the girls to be dropped off to us after their long trip to Georgia.

In the end the girls didn’t get back until after 9:30pm. I had promised them ice cream before bed, and naturally they wanted to tell us all about their weekend, so of course it was a while before we all got to bed.

Having driven down from Georgia and had a late night, both were ready for a good sleep. Here they are both crashed and asleep on my lap.


Coming Up Next

CLICK HERE for Part Five and join us next time for a trip to the Miami Metro Zoo.


 

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