Vacation is over .
Blue skies and palm trees greeted us
on our arrival in Florida
A street filled with many unique gift shops. You can sit and watch shrimp boats and pleasure crafts or just people watch. Tarpon Springs is known for it's sponge docks and great Greek food. Of course we had a great meal and was temptedby the bakery shops.
Yummy---We were good and did not buy any
There is a museum and an aquarium in town. There are all sizes of sponges to
buy and there is the air plants which always fasinate me
The statue looking like he is squirting water at me
When a red tide algae bloom occurred in 1947, wiping out the sponge fields in that region of the Gulf of Mexico, most of the sponge boats and divers switched to fishing and shrimping for a livelihood. The city then converted most of its sponge-related activities, especially the warehouses where they were sold, into tourist attractions. The Sponge Docks are now mostly shops, restaurants, and museums dedicated to the memory of Tarpon Springs' earlier industry. Most sponges sold on the docks are now imports: Relatively few sponges are harvested from the area, although attempts have been made in recent years to restart local sponge harvesting. Led by local businessman George Billiris, in the late 1980s the sponge industry made acomeback and in the fall of 2007, a record harvest of sponges by a single boat was made.