Travel-Bug Tales: A slice of sunshine pie.....a Floridian beach and shopping in New Jersey!
|Candy floss clouds?
Florida.....the sunshine state!
One of the places we went to in Florida that I really need to mention is Honeymoon Island State Park in the cute town of Dunedin. As some of you who have been following may know that one of my close girlfriends Bee moved to America last year, and she settled in Florida.....so it was the perfect time to catch up with Bee over a long afternoon on the beach of Honeymoon Island! Honeymoon Island began life as a visitor's destination in pre-war 1940s as a small piece of tropical paradise for 200 newly wed couples to spend their fresh new days being smitten with each other in small beach huts facing the sea. The 50 huts lined accross the beach were literally simple wooden shelters without plumbing or electricity, but the given names such as 'Lovey', 'Dovey', 'Love Nest' and 'Love Birds' made it a memorable experience for many couples. The 200 honeymoon couples were the lucky ones who won a promotional contest that was glamorously advertised on a national magazine, even though they had to pay for their own travel expenses as well as food and had to qualify under the strict rule of being married for less than two weeks, it was still a romantic experience. But when the war came and Pear Habor was hit, Honeymoon Island's fate became less like the vision it was meant to be and by the 1970s it became part of the state park system. [Source: floridarambler.com/florida-best-beaches/honeymoon-island-florida-best-beach-dunedin/] Today it has become a popular venue for beach wedding ceremonies and day-outs at the beach for locals! It was a good choice as the weather was really hot, the sea water was clean and the sand looked nicely fluffed out like a giant beige carpet. After a lovely afternoon on the beach, we drove 10 minutes down to Dunedin town for a bite to eat. If you would like to visit or want to find out more about Honeymoon Island State Park, please click on the link: www.romantichoneymoonisland.com/abouth.html
|Honeymoon Island in the 1940s (Dunedin, Florida).
|A couple enjoying their honeymoon cottage on Honeymoon Island in the 1940s (Dunedin, Florida).
|Back in 2012 at the Honeymoon Cafe.....
|Bee and me!
|Jess in her retro swimsuit.....
|With Bee on Honeymoon Island beach.....
|Honeymoon Island beach!
New Jersey.....the shopper's treasure trove!
One of the best things to do in New Jersey is definitely shopping, whether you are a designer label fan or a thrift store hunter, you are likely to find something of a bargain to take home. One of the things I could not get use to was the constant calculation of tax or tip whenever it came to paying for something in America, as many of you might know maths is definitely not one of my strengths and I am far too spoilt in always following price tags.....unless I am bargaining in a market somewhere as that would be a completely different matter and most likely a topic for a different post. So I did enjoy shopping more when it was less complicated and I only had to remember a simple rule; necessities such as food, clothes and shoes are tax free in the state of New Jersey! So this is what I have discovered from my shopping excursions....American brands that Brits are likely to find a few bargains from, after the exchange rate in the clothes and shoes tax free haven of New Jersey, include Mini Tonka, Nine West, Clinique and Chinese Laundry. Also outlets such as Marshalls, Ross and TJ Maxx are definitely worth a rummage if you happen to be a fan of designer labels! Other things worth a try shall be little food treats.....from fluffy giant pancakes, chewy dough pretzels, sweet butter popcorn, pretzel centred M&Ms, salt water taffy, strawberry Philadelphia spread with bagel and peanut butter coated pretzel biscuits!
|Enticed by American pretzels......couldn't get enough of them!
|Discovering ballerina statues made me miss my ballet class......
|A real wooden American home! ^_^
|Bag collection at a thrift store in New Jersey.....
|Cadbury tins at the thrift store.....
Thank you so much and have a fabulous weekend my lovely darlings!
Until the next time,
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|My America trip napkin.....charting the triangle of a journey we have taken this time!