Monthly Archives: November 2021

Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel

What I would not have given to have stepped off the train in 1887 and checked in to the new luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel…and even more so on the morning of Day 8 of the Great RV Camping Adventure … Continue reading

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Anastasia State Park at St. Augustine

The trip across the panhandle from Pensacola to Tallahassee and beyond was memorable in the way you do not want to remember. All road trips can have moments like that and it is generally best to not dwell on them. … Continue reading

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Thiesen Building: Pensacola’s first “skyscraper”

Christen Thiesen, a Danish immigrant to Pensacola, constructed the Thiesen building in 1901 and it opened in 1902. Thiesen and his wife, the former Effie Lee Mitchell of Eufaula, Alabama were reported to travel extensively in the northern cities and … Continue reading

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Terrezza: Optical Optics

We were due to depart Fort Pickens Campground Saturday morning, and had been able to arrange an appointment to get the vent fan cover replaced on Friday–a half hour job. We had planned to visit the Pensacola Historic District while … Continue reading

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Pensacola Historic District: Saenger Theatre

Do you have a Saenger Theatre in your town? Julian and Abel Saenger of New Orleans founded the business with their first theatre in Sheveport in 1911. New Orleans architect Emile Weil designed several of them including the one on … Continue reading

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My magnificent introduction to the Gulf Breeze Dollar Tree

I have had my first glass of Betty’s KoolAid. I fell prey to the romance of the Dollar Tree store. On our way to Gander RV in Gulf Breeze, we stopped to pick up some duct tape and foam board … Continue reading

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Fort Pickens Campground and Langdon Beach

Cuz camps with her dog and cat, which to say the least is interesting in a small camper. However, Jaime is a lovely cat and he took to sleeping with me. He is insistent when it is time to be … Continue reading

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Road Tripping: What do 2 people in a 13 foot A-liner have in common?

Two weeks ago on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, my city cousin called and invited me to accompany her on a jaunt over to Pensacola Beach…a mere 3 hour drive from New Orleans across Mississippi and Alabama to camp. Being the … Continue reading

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Welcome to my kitchen: The menu for today is…

With the exception of locating a small table for the dining space, I have pronounced the kitchen complete…well, almost. I am still deciding if I want a couple of shelves over the counter. One of my favorite things is being … Continue reading

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Breaking News 1935: Morales Building Breaks

One of the blogs I enjoy is Darius Bryjka’s Mesker Brothers: Storefronts of America. Mississippi has preserved many of their buildings with iron storefronts and other metal details and when I began to see so many of them in the … Continue reading

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