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“Sweet Days” Meets “Sunny Daze” February 1, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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Wikipedia ~ Lee County (in Public Domain)

We’re headed to Venice!

Florida, not Italy.

Venice, a charming town just south of Sarasota, hugs the Gulf Coast.

The Venice Gondolier Sun, a local newspaper, invites comparisons to its sister city in Italy . . . despite the complete absence of gondoliers or canals for them to traverse.

On September 12, 2001, FBI agents arrived in Venice to investigate three  hijackers in the September 11 attacks ~ Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah.

The trio lived in Venice while  enrolled in the Florida Flight Training Center of Huffman Aviation, and took flying lessons at the Venice Municipal Airport.

Atta’s stay in Florida is explored in the book, Welcome to Terrorland by Daniel Hopsicher, and in the video “Mohamed Atta & The Venice Flying Circus.”

We do not plan to visit the airport . . . or enroll for flying lessons.

We do plan a blogging meet-up with Pixie (Sweet Days Under The Oaks) and her husband who drove down here for a brief respite from winter in Misery.

Oops, Missouri.  My bad.

We plan to sit poolside and chat while munching on the world’s best chocolate chip cookies from Yoder’s Amish Restaurant.

If we feel particularly motivated, we’ll walk across the street to the beach.

Aah . . . that’s better!