Sunday, August 29, 2010

Orlando Day 2: Bok Tower Gardens and Cocoa Beach

I apologize for the lack of Friday Favorites this week- I just didn't have time to collect links to post. I will be back next week with some new goodies, though!

I have a ton of Orlando photos left to post. I've been kind of jumping around- I posted Day 1, and then all of the Celebration V photos (which was technically Day 3), so it's time to catch up on what I left out!

On Wednesday in Orlando I visited the Bok Tower Gardens. I'd been wanting to go here for some time since the tower looked so gorgeous on their web site. I have to say it was even prettier in person!

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I saw this sign and though, "Oh, you have to be kidding me!" But, no, they weren't...and you could even buy replica signs in the gift shop!

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The courtyard was spectacularly beautiful.

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I love how all these stones were set into the concrete- I can't imagine how long that took!

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I love tropical foliage. I should plant more of it at my house- tropicals do fairly well in our climate as long as they're properly cared for during the winter.

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I love it when I can catch a good butterfly shot!

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Spanish moss in the trees- reminds me of working in Mississippi after Katrina.

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I fell in love with the landscaping around the tower. I want a moat around my house now!! Darren, I'm going to need you to get right on that, okay? :)

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And this is the tower- the architecture and the stonework are fantastic!

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Unfortunately I couldn't get any closer to it because it's gated off and not open to the public.

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And I really wish I could have gotten closer to this door, but the aforementioned locked gate was in my way.

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After wandering the gardens for a few hours, I snatched lunch at Panera...

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...and headed off on a 2+ hour drive to Cocoa Beach. It was definitely worth the trip!

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I'm a very low-key, easy-going kind of traveler. I just sort of wander and see what catches my interest.