May 4, 2008

Amelia Island, Florida Pt. 1

Today we journeyed back to Florida-just barely-to visit Amelia Island and its historic Fernandina Beach area.

On our way, we found gas for $1.22 a gallon...or so it seemed. Apparently this gas station has been closed awhile. This station is just one of what we would guess have been hundreds of abandoned gas stations we have seen thus far while traveling.

Welcome to the final day of The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Pirates welcome one and all.

There's that friendly gecko from Geico.

Even at 10 am the streets are jumping with shrimp lovers everywhere.

The Palace Saloon opened in 1903, but was severely damaged by fire in 1999. Billed as the oldest continually-operated saloon in Florida up to then, The Palace is now back in business serving up its famous "Pirate's Punch".

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival features over 250 exhibits of fine arts and crafts.

Among them is Austrian-born, Miami Beach artist Herbert Hofer. Simply put, his paintings are fun. His art deco style often includes cats in exotic locations. Check out his work at http://www.herberthofer.com/ .

His wife, Randie, visited with us briefly before our river cruise. She was really interesting and had a wealth of knowledge about international politics.

For more pictures, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2008/may/amelia-island/ pictures 1-17.

To be continued...

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