Christmas Week in Florida, 2013
Jan 1, 2014Public
Photo: City Park Christmas Tree, Winter Haven, Florida
Photo: Christmas Eve at the original Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City Historic District - Teddy Roosevelt's favorite restaurant
Photo: Jim at the entrance to the Columbia Restaurant, founded in 1905
Photo: The entire place is decorated with Spanish tiles, reminiscent of the Italian tiles at Vietri sul Mar
Photo: If you order a pitcher of sangria, you can take the pitcher home. The hand painted decorations look more Greek than Spanish or Italian
Photo: Lorraine at Columbia Restaurant - excellent Margaritas and appetizers at the bar
Photo: Spanish dancers at the Columbia Restaurant - the dancers were great, but the main entree was disappointing
Photo: A cigar shop in Ybor City - the fellow is hand-rolling cigars.
Photo: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - Winter Haven City Park, Christmas morning
Photo: Lake Otis Drive - our family home is off to the right. Lake Otis is at the end of the street.
Photo: Raymond's apartment on Lake Otis Drive
Photo: Raymond in Winter Haven, Florida, Christmas Day
Photo: Raymond and Ginger at Ginger's daughter Angie's house in Eagle Lake for Christmas Dinner
Photo: Angie watching one of the little kids play with a new toy
Photo: Ginger and her brother Pete at Christmas Dinner
Photo: Raymond at the Bonifay family's Christmas dinner buffet - about 40 members of her extended family attended.
Photo: Jim chatting with Ginger's sister Kacey - there was still lots of food in the kitchen (two turkeys and all the trimmings!)
Photo: Red Velvet Cake - a southern tradition
Photo: Raymond with Kacey and me after Christmas dinner, getting ready to open gifts
Photo: Opening gifts - Kacey explains how Raymond's new mini-safe works (disguised as an English dictionary)
Photo: Next day we visited Jim's sister Peg - we had lunch at the community bistro in Poinciana
Photo: Peg's husband Bill Schmidt at lunch in Poinciana
Photo: Jim's niece Jennifer with her baby girl Shenandoah at Peg's house in Poinciana
Photo: Jennifer with her son Indiana at Peg's house - this is the "lil' fella" for whom Jim created the big bronze piggy bank