July 4, 2015

our 4th of July weekend trip

This was the second time we drove to the state capital to spend a quiet 4th of July holiday weekend. We live close to the beach and it gets busy every summer here. We don't usually venture there and just leave it for the sun worshipers to enjoy.

Florida Supreme Court

beautiful old oak tree with branches extending to the ground
With the business district closed and the college students off to their summer break, we enjoyed the laid back and relaxing time.

sculpture outside the museum
We chose to stay at the same hotel right in the downtown area. My husband booked a room on the 16th (top) floor this time. From our experience last year, the upper rooms facing the city gave us the best view for watching the fireworks all over the city in the comfort of our air-conditioned room :-)

day and night view from our hotel room
Our trip wouldn't be complete without food :-) We discovered Real Sarap restaurant, a short walk from our hotel, serving very good traditional Filipino cuisine that I've missed.

newly-opened Real Sarap Filipino restaurant
clockwise, pinakbet, fresh vegetable lumpia, 
halo-halo for dessert and crispy pata

Shown above (1) my English breakfast crepes at the Crepevine (2) black & blue salad with steak and asparagus at 101 Restaurant (3) honey collection from the downtown weekend market right across the hotel (4) welcome cookie treat at the Doubletree (5) pastries at our favorite Au Peche Mignon French bakery (6) sauvage at Au Peche Mignon.

It was relaxing to walk around and visit the old Capitol museum (1) firefighters monument (2) colorful Seminole doll at the museum (3) old postcard (4) the colors of this fire hydrant made me think of one-eyed Minion Stu :-)

Happy 4th of July 2015

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