Thursday, April 28, 2011

A week in the sun

Just back from a week's vacation in Florida. We stayed along the Gulf coast, at North Redington Beach. The beaches along the Gulf Coast consist of miles of beautiful white sand. The weather was perfect staying consistently at 85-90 degrees (toasty!)
  We took a trip to Caladesi Island one day. This is one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, and Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America's Best Beach in 2008. We took a small ferry across to the island and enjoyed wandering along the boardwalk to the beach. We were even lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some dolphins, albeit quite a way out in the sea.
  We also spent some time wandering around Dunedin, the city across the water from Caladesi Island. The name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and the Scottish influence is obvious. We were greeted by a brass band of kilt-wearing teenagers playing catchy songs on the street - not accompanied by bagpipes (thankfully). All we needed was a drunken Scotsman to swear at us and we could've been in the real Scotland.
  When we arrived back in Massachusetts Spring had definitely arrived. The trees were covered in blossom, forsythia and daffodils were out, the temperature had picked up to a comfortable level and it felt good to be home....yeah right... 

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