Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Village on Venetian Bay, Naples
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
Many of you expressed dismay at how empty the pools are in my community. Well, this shows more of the same - our private beach at Hickory Island is deserted as well.
No, it's not for the hot weather (there are nice breezes coming off the Gulf of Mexico), or the mosquitoes (naturally controlled in our area) that most of Naples empties out for the summer .
The reason is quite simple - about 70% of the homes in my community are vacation homes, used only for a few months a year. Now it's time to make the trek back north, to our family, friends, work, school...
I've been already spending more time in Michigan than in Naples lately. There are also time-consuming personal commitments to fulfill. I will continue posting on NDP when time allows, but it will not be every day. I hope you'll visit, whenever you think of me and miss the Florida sunshine ;-). I know I will miss you!
Posted by isa at 02:58
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
This is the Municipal Jail of Naples. Notice the guard tower?
All the hard-core criminals - those that mispronounce "bruschetta", drink white wine with beef bourguignon or wear black socks with shorts - serve their time here.
So be forewarned: unless you drive a Lexus on your visit to Naples, you could end up here as well ;-)
Posted by isa at 03:01
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Ft Myers beach
Stop ye whining ye yellow bellied, lily-livered landlubbers! If you are itching for some seafaring adventure, I give you Captain Paul.
Here's an old dog of the seas, ready and willing to take you on his private yacht for an afternoon of unforgettable fun!
I must say though, for all this pirate attire, he doesn't look too intimidating...And shouldn't he be chewing tobacco, instead of an ice-cream cone ;-)
Posted by isa at 02:48
Friday, July 13, 2007
Big Hickory Island beach (can you spot red-clad Robinson on the faraway island?)
"SEPTEMBER 30, 1659. - I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked during a dreadful storm in the offing, came on shore on this dismal, unfortunate island, which I called "The Island of Despair"; all the rest of the ship's company being drowned, and myself almost dead." Daniel Defoe
Doesn't that just make you want to pick up a copy of Robinson Crusoe again and relive his adventures?
Good weekend...and good reading!
Posted by isa at 02:38
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Coconut Point mall, Bonita Springs
Getting back to the subject of the obesity epidemic in the States...
Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi distributors agreed to halt nearly all soda sales to public schools by the year 2009! According to the plan, the schools will only sell water, diet soda, unsweetened juice and sport drinks, as well as fat-free and low-fat milk.
Just this one policy can add years to the lives of 35 million young people!
Posted by isa at 03:12
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
In the course of a lifetime, we must pass numerous tests: to make the grade, to get a job, to obtain a driver's license, to adopt a pet...
Sadly, there are no requirements we have to pass to become a parent!
If you enlarge this photo, you will see a father, baiting the alligator to approach for a closer look. Alligators can run as fast as 40 miles per hour on dry land - how fast do you think the father can run in those "crocs"(shoes)? And what's worse, how is he going to protect his children...
Posted by isa at 03:28
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
If you are a female over 35 and live in the USA, you are familiar with Chico's. Or you should be, since you are the target consumer for this retailer of exclusively designed, private label, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing and complimentary accessories.
Their first store opened in 1983 on Sanibel Island, a stone's throw from Naples, and became the fastest-growing women’s specialty retailer in the country. Currently they are up to 900 outlets!
Am I revealing too much about myself, if I tell you I own some pieces from their Travelers Collection? The jersey material never wrinkles, is easy to pack and comfortable to wear on any form of transportation...
And no, I'm not on Chico's payroll ;-)
Posted by isa at 03:03
Monday, July 9, 2007
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
I've been remiss in not showing you this sooner - historic 5th Ave South, downtown Naples. The heartbeat of the city, the quintessential Main Street.
But don't let that "small town charm" fool you. This is not Sheriff Taylor's Mayberry...Golly! This naturally beautiful district (full of banyan and poinciana trees) offers a cosmopolitan sophistication where you can indulge in epicurean delights in the many first class restaurants and bistro’s, browse in over 100 art galleries or shop for the latest in fashion.
All of that and you are only steps away from the beach...
Posted by isa at 02:46
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Venetian village, Naples
See the lizard advancing on the discarded ice cream cone at the base of the statue? Is that a strawberry-chocolate double dipper?
You think this lizard is aware of the recent study showing that eating chocolate reduces blood pressure? Should we tell him that only dark chocolate is beneficial? Are lizards stressed enough to even develop hypertension?
No answers today. Only silly questions ;-)
Posted by isa at 02:56
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
And here's the answer:
Posted by isa at 03:09
Monday, July 2, 2007
This is one of the more popular eateries in our area.
The menu is pretty varied and the food better than average, but the portions are notoriously large. I can never finish my meal. While it might sound attractive to some, this is one reason why 64% of all Americans are overweight. And that's costing our government money for health care.
Last year, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) tried to enlist the help from the nation's eateries to join them in fight against obesity. One of the restaurant chains, Ruby Tuesday, responded by reducing portion sizes and posting calorie information on menus. Within weeks, their sales dropped off dramatically. Few months later, the chain admitted it was a painful error and has gone back to larger sizes.
Lesson learned - if you want to stay in business, never tell an American how much he can eat ;-)
Posted by isa at 03:20
Sunday, July 1, 2007
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