“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.” ― Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
“Her blue eyes sparkle when bathed in afternoon sunlight. Her full lips bear an enigmatic Mona Lisa smile. And she grips a bouquet of flowers that will never die. Meet Mother Meres — the mural.”
A recent stroll down Dodecanese Boulevard on a sunny afternoon felt like a trip to the Greek Islands – shells and sponges; baklava and gyros; worry beads and Madonnas. But instead of being in the middle of the Aegean Sea … I was in Tarpon Springs. Florida.
For most visitors, Florida is nothing more than two long beaches, with a dot-of-Disney between. But off-the-beaten-path types know there’s much more to the Sunshine State. We lived in St. Augustine, Florida for a few years, which enabled us to discover many wonderful small towns, and one of our favorites is Tarpon Springs.
We have chased gyros around the globe – from London to Athens to Amman – and back to New York, Chicago, and now … Mobile, Alabama! Who knew! Before arriving in Mobile, we checked Tripadvisor to see what restaurants were popular. When the Mediterranean Sandwich Company (specializing in gyros)
When we lived in St. Augustine, Florida we built a little cottage a few blocks from the beach. It had a postage-stamp sized garden that we loved. And this terra cotta lion presided over its tiny, frog-filled pond.