We were in Tampa for a one week cruise aboard Norwegian Dawn and decided to spend some post cruise time in Florida.  We wanted to visit friends, Terry and Nancy, in Cape Coral and do some sightseeing.  Cape Coral is a two hour drive south of Tampa.  Besides visiting our friends, we stopped by some property we used to own and were amazed at how many homes have been built around it in the last 10 years or so.  We made three sightseeing stops.

Naples Botanical Garden....

We thought a stroll thru the Naples Botanical Garden on a beautiful day would be just the ticket.  We invited Nancy to join us which she did since none of us had been there before.  Terry on the other hand stayed behind to work on some ongoing projects around the house.  The garden was quite nice and is in the middle of a major expansion.  There were volunteers everywhere to explain what was happening, answer questions, and provide direction.  A number of large LEGO structures were on display throughout the garden.





Sunken Garden....

We have been into Tampa a couple times but had never been to St. Petersburg so we spent the day before flying home checking the place out.  Our first stop was the Sunken Garden which was rather unique.  This is basically a 4 acre sink hole that someone, years ago, turned into a very nice garden.  It is currently owned by the city.





Big Cat Rescue....

We heard about Big Cat Recue and felt it was worth going on one of their tours.  Reservations were made in advance and groups of 20 are escorted thru the property.  All of us had earphones so we could hear the guide who mixed in some recordings with information about specific cats.  The facility has been in operation for 20+ years and, thankfully, there is a place like this to care for these animals.





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