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Tampa Bay History Center October 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.

For Smithsonian Museum Day, we paid a visit to Tampa Bay History Center, located on the Riverwalk in Tampa:

We enjoyed some Cuban Fare at the Columbia Restaurant:

Black Beans & Rice, Cuban Bread, Churros (with 3 dipping sauces):

After lunch, we checked out the exhibits, which focused on Cigars:

Seminole Dolls (I had one of these as a kid and gave it to one of my nieces ~ I learned it’s worth hundreds of dollars):

Audubon Artwork:

Maritime History:

Local Wildlife ~ then:

And now:

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jill Weatherholt - October 9, 2018

Looks like a fun place to celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day, Nancy. Black beans and rice…yummy! Are you going to be okay with Michael? Stay safe!

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

Michael shouldn’t be much of an issue here . . . unless rain + wind = trees and power lines down. They are expecting some degree of storm surge but not as significant as with Irma.

So, we should be OK . . . as long as we keep breathing. Om.

2. rivergirl1211 - October 9, 2018

Looks like a great day. I love those kind of places!

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

History museums are full of fascinating tidbits!

rivergirl1211 - October 9, 2018

I can easily spend all day, every day in a museum.

3. Kate Crimmins - October 9, 2018

I love Tampa. So much to see.

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

The Henry Plant Museum is also fascinating ~ Teddy Roosevelt stayed there with his Rough Riders.

4. Tippy Gnu - October 9, 2018

Speaking of Cuban fare, have you been tempted to visit Cuba after the recent relaxation of travel restrictions?

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

Several folks from our neighborhood went on a cruise that included a visit to Cuba. They found it fascinating. Their travel tales didn’t arouse my curiosity.

Maybe I don’t have the requisite “travel gene.” For me, the best part of any trip is walking in the front door on our return. :mrgreen:

Tippy Gnu - October 9, 2018

It’s always nice to come home from any trip. But I’ve been a little interested in Cuba, and might make it down there someday. I just want to make sure it’s safe before I go.

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

You MUST watch where you walk in Cuba ~> there are LOTS of potholes.

Jan had just finished the several hour “orientation” that US citizens are required to undertake before touring Cuba. As she walked out to the bus . . . DOWN SHE WENT into a pothole with devastating results ~ she broke her wrist in several places requiring pins and surgeries and she missed touring Cuba while being attended to.

She did say the medical care she received was not half bad.

5. L. Marie - October 9, 2018

What were the dipping sauces?
Like Jill said, hoping you’ll be safe.

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

The dipping sauces were ~> hot fudge, caramel, and guava. 😀

Thanks for the well wishes. I expect we will be OK. We’re hoping that the folks in the panhandle handle the storm well.

6. Ally Bean - October 9, 2018

The history center looks like a good place in which to get lost. Lots to see and learn, which I enjoy. I had a Seminole Doll, too. Decades ago I sold her [with lots of other dolls] to a collector. Guess I squandered that investment opportunity!

nrhatch - October 9, 2018

I get the sense we just scratched the surface of the exhibits ~ too much information to absorb in a single day.

Go you! Selling my doll collection to a collector never occurred to me. Instead I gave the dolls to my 7 nieces as prizes when playing “The Game.”


7. mybeautfulthings - October 10, 2018

Sounds like somewhere we would like to go – full of treasures! I love the Audubon paintings. We are hearing of Michael here in the UK. Stay safe. xx

nrhatch - October 10, 2018

Thanks! We’re experiencing rain squalls and gusting winds, but nothing too scary. The eye of the storm is about 250 miles northwest of us. Michael is a monster. 😦

mybeautfulthings - October 10, 2018

It is sounding scary. I’ve just been looking at its path. I have family in Atlanta. Stay safe. x

nrhatch - October 10, 2018

Michael is headed in that general direction, but it sounds like rain/wind problems in Atlanta will be minimal. Hope they stay safe.

8. Debra - October 13, 2018

I really enjoy history centers as a rule. I think you chose a good one from what you’re sharing here. 🙂 After seeing the coverage of Michael’s aftermath I am concerned about people who have lost so much! Obviously first and foremost people who have lost their lives, or homes and property, but I also think in terms of small businesses (or history centers or museums) and the disruption could be longterm! This hurricane was a monster! I can’t imagine. I’m glad you weren’t in the eye of this one, Nancy!

nrhatch - October 13, 2018

I echo each of your thoughts, Debra. Mexico Beach looks like a war zone. I don’t know how people recover from losing “everything” in the blink of a Hurricane’s eye. 😯

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