Monday, March 13, 2017

Winter Park, Florida



The original Winter Park train station was built in 1890. This is the 2013 version. As a pedestrian, not needing to ride the rails, I can only attest to the spiffy bathrooms. The train station is located in the heart of Winter Park and when nature calls, it is a nice place to stop. 

For those of you unfamiliar with Winter Park, it is a posh retreat near Orlando, Florida. I like it because of the stately homes and moss covered trees. But mostly because of these...




Tarts from the Croissant Gourmet! My favorite one is the blueberry tart in the middle. 

My least favorite thing is this...


A 320 foot sinkhole! I'm terrified of sinkholes. My husband always teases me about it. If there is a new sinkhole report on the news, I stop in my tracks, glued to the tube. We do spend quite a bit of time in Florida after all. We could be devoured by the earth in our sleep someday. Gulp. Luckily, the above sinkhole happened in the 1980's.




Peacocks are a theme at the train station.




But I only saw an osprey outside the station, enjoying a filet o' fish.


Twisty!




Here's an even better osprey shot at a Friday fish fry, on Lover's Key, Florida. 
Besides ospreys, there are lots of restaurants that serve fish on a plate, instead of a tree branch. There are fancy shops, which I avoid. But there's also a nice home tour... 


Casa Feliz


Casa Feliz had a visiting crane.


Two of them in fact. Plus tourists. 

The home was designed by Architect James Gamble Rodgers. And on Fridays in Winter Park, you can gaze at Tiffany Glass for free at the Morse Museum

To peruse a previous blog post about Winter Park and its lakes and canals, click here. 

Winter Park. It's for when you are sick of theme parks!

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18 comments:

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful variety of beautiful photography ~ all looks so inviting ~ Frigid in MA so thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Lady Fi said...

Lovely shots! That blueberry tart looks delicious.

DUTA said...

I like train stations and love blueberries and the products that contain them.

Sinkholes are indeed frightening. They keep appearing along the Dead Sea, affecting negatively our tourism. I've just read a caption saying "from world wonder to sinkhole nightmare".
Your photos in the post, however, are a delight.

DJan said...

Fun pictures, but I must be hungry since those tarts look incredible! :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

Great shots of theOSprey adn I love the cranes

Lady Fi said...

Lovely bird shots.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow, those desserts look incredible!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would be worried about sinkholes after seeing that one too. The blueberry tart look delicious. Love the Osprey and the Cranes.
Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

A Colorful World said...

Love the tarts! Yummy! And that beautiful osprey with his fish...wonderful!

Lea said...

Love the Osprey photos!

Pat Tillett said...

So much to like in this post Sharon. Beautiful photos!
That sinkhole is scary...

Les Fous du Cap said...

Très belles images du Balbuzard ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Ramona said...

I only know Florida from movies and documentaries. I remember I saw a documentary about that hole a while ago.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

We were in Orlando for a month in December and went to the Morse Museum, loved it.

Jan Robinson said...

I find sink holes scary too and this one looks quite large. We do have some in Australia, normally where there has been underground mining.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

Lovely shots!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

This looks like an adorable (and delicious) place. I am freaking out about the sinkholes too! I am wondering what soil studies were conducted before constructing on that area. Maybe nobody saw that coming (with is more worrisome). #TPThursday

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Jeez, sink holes. And I thought I had to go to Nicuagara with its volcanos to be scared of living! I don't even need to take a Jeep ride to fall into a sink hole.... Florida... who needs Disney World ... just step outside for a thrill ride.

Nice osprey catches! Is that the same Lovers Key that we go to over here in Lee County? Closer to us here in Ft Myers than to Winter Park!