Straub Park – A Mark of downtown Saint Petersburg, FL.

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After a few weeks of cold weather, I decided to take a drive to Straub Park in downtown Saint. Petersburg, FL.  With my Canon PowerShot Camera around my neck, I was ready to get down to business and start taking some awesome shots of this park. Straub Park is conveniently located in the middle of downtown with beautiful views of the water and the marina. It’s surrounded by shops, restaurants, museums and our most popular resort The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club (Will highlight in another post). The park itself is beautifully landscaped with lushes Banyan trees and historic sculptures all around the park.

I could not believe how beautiful, sunny and hot it was on this Sunday afternoon. Even though it’s the middle of winter, people were in shorts and it felt great to be outside feeling the hot sun!! There was a lot of activities going on from people biking, running, jogging, roller blading, boating, fishing and even couples on a romantic stroll. The park is so serene that you can sit on a bench and watch the breathtaking view of the marina. Its such a lovely park that it reminds me everyday how lucky I am to be living in Saint Petersburg, FL.

It’s a venue to several events that happen throughout the year such as Snowfest, Santa Parade, Chillounge Nights, St. Pete Fine Art Festival and the St. Pete Food & Wine Festival to name a few. Not only does the park attract large events but it also draws in the peace and quiet of the surroundings. It’s open space makes it convenient for those who want to enjoy an afternoon picnic.  If you ever come to Florida, make sure you make the drive to downtown St. Pete and enjoy what Straub Park has to offer!!

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Do you have any local parks in your city that you are fond of? If so, I would love to hear from you?

Happy Travels ~ Ruthie

6 Things to see at The Saturday Morning Market in Downtown St. Pete, FL

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It was a delightful, sunny and cool day in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. I parked my car and walked through the streets feeling the breeze in the air. The perfect day to check out the Saturday Morning Market!  Every year, the market is open during the Fall, from early October to late May, from 9am – 2pm in downtown St. Pete.  It’s become the largest one-day-a-week fresh market in the Southeast US, with about 10,000+ customers each week. It’s a great time for families and friends to come together and enjoy what the market has to offer!

As I walked through the market, I could feel the heat from the sun upon me, and smell the different aromas of food cooking from the numerous vendors.  I was starting to get hungry! The smell of the sausages, onions, bread baking and empanadas was unbearable.  The cool breeze that I had felt while walking to the market, was no longer a cool one but a hot one.  There was no shade to stand under and hide. There was so much going on around me, the food cooking, dogs barking and live music playing.

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The Saturday Morning Market – St. Pete, FL.

1. Fresh Vegetables & Produce – The market was filled with fresh produce including green and red peppers, squash, habaneros, organic items and much more.

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2. Art – Every year, artist from all over the state of Florida come to showcase their talent. It’s also a great way to network and connect with other artists in the area.

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3. Baked Goods – One of my favorite foods at the market and anywhere are baked goods, especially cupcakes. I’m like a kid in a candy store, my eyes go nuts when I see them, especially if they are decorated like these, with colorful sprinkles. As I stood near them to admire the details, I could smell a delicious aroma of empanadas cooking.  I walked by the  empanada stand and the line was a mile long, but that did not stop me from buying one. As I stood in line, I couldn’t decide which one to get as there were so many of them. My eyes connected with the Southwestern Empanada. As I ordered it, I could not wait to take a bite of it.  It was filled with, chicken, black beans, corn and a delicious sauce that left me wanting more.

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4. Flowers/Plants – There were so many colorful flowers and plants, I felt like I was in the middle of a greenhouse. Though the Sunflowers did not have a floral scent to them, they were still bright and beautiful.

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5. Crafts: I don’t consider myself to be a crafty person, however I loved what the market vendors had on display.

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6. Music – There were several musicians playing during the market. But this guy caught my eye. It’s not every day you see an accordionist. His composure and style of music, which added a little bit of folk and classical tunes brought in a big crowd to see him play.

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Do you have any local markets in your area? If so, what do you enjoy about them? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Happy Travels ~ Ruthie