Saturday, December 2, 2017

Day 11 - Day 15 Boca Raton FL to Toronto ON

November 2017 - Boca Raton FL to Toronto

 Daytona Beach FL November 2017


Six Word Saturday

Packed up and on the road at 9:45 for the 3+ hour drive to Daytona Beach, where we have never been. We are taking an extra day going home so we can stop in Savannah tomorrow.

Click here for more photos of Daytona Beach.

First item - lunch!
Joe's Crab Shack is on the Pier.


We checked in and then went for a walk. The check in process was flawless thanks to Ms. Love. Out room was modern and had an ocean view.

From our hotel room. 
To the right our souls were being saved by megaphone.

To the left there was a wedding and a little further they were doing a concert in the amphitheater, all accompanied by the sound of the ocean.


Sunrise over the Atlantic.

We get complimentary breakfast as Honors Gold and this Hilton does a Sunday Buffet for an additional $6 per person which includes a mimosa. What a deal!!

Seriously I had prime rib for breakfast! And strawberries for dessert.

John went traditional with an omelet.

On the road with lots of traffic as people headed north bound home after American Thanksgiving.

About 30 km outside of Savannah we hit a massive traffic jam but luckily the car GPS was suggesting a different route so we took that.

We arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn Historic District at 2 PM. Yikes, valet parking $30! The hotel is under renovation and we were given one of their newly renovated rooms, nice!

Time for a walk! By 2:15 we were out walking. What a gorgeous city! Click here for more Savannah.

We were told that there was an elevator by City Hall to go down to the Riverside so we headed that way.


Monday Mural
Foto Tunes it's our wedding anniversary!

After a satisfying hot breakfast at the hotel we were in the car at 8:45.
As soon as we crossed the bridge we were in South Carolina.

Completed in March 1991, the new Talmadge Memorial cable-stayed bridge replaced the old Talmadge cantilever truss bridge (built in 1953), which had become a danger for large ships entering the Port of Savannah, home to the largest single ocean container terminal on the U.S. eastern seaboard, and the nation's fourth-busiest seaport.

Click here for 1980 and 1994 South of the Border photos.
John will always mention that he and my Mom had the best black bean soup there in 1980.

We decide on a side trip to Mount Airy, home of Andy Griffith.
Click here for all things Mayberry in Mount Airy.

Mount Airy

Originally known as the Earle many years ago, the theater was built in 1938 by Earl Q. Benbow and Percy A. Boone who also owned the Grand Theater across the street. The cinema gained considerable national attention when it was selected to present the premiere of the Shirley Temple film “Just Around the Corner” in 1938. On March 22, 1940, the cinema hosted one of the southern premieres of “Gone With The Wind.” In 1958, the premiere of “A Face in the Crowd,” Andy Griffith’s first movie, was featured at the Earle.

We stayed in the Hampton in Max Meadows VA, not one of their better locations.

The only delivery for dinner was Papa John's pizza so we walked next door to the Happy Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill and picked up fajitas and carne asada.

Tuesday Treasures

After a mediocre breakfast at the Hampton we headed to Grove City PA.
Click here for our 2014 Grove City visit.

A quick stop in Flatwoods WV for cheese curds and yogurt almonds. They sold a lot of interesting Amish products.

And some interesting cheeses!

We checked into the Hampton in Grove City, turns out we'd stayed here a few years ago, according to TripAdvisor! Lovely service and rooms.

We headed over to the factory outlets. I ended up with three pairs of underwear, woo hoo! John got 2 pairs Nike pants, two sweaters and three long sleeved t-shirts.

We ordered pizza from Pizza Joe's. John had the gluten free crust and proclaimed it the best ever!

Click here to see Grove City in 2014.


Shock as the first thing I see in the news is Matt Lauer!

After a good breakfast at the Hampton we get on the road and head home, thankfully uneventful.

We got home around 1 and spent the rest of the day unpacking.
Then steak and salad for dinner.

Thursday Doors

I wandered downtown.

First there were the decorations at the Royal York.

Then crazy shoes in The Bay. Check out the moose in the background.

Christmas decorations in The Bay, Canadian geese dressed up for the holidays.

In 1979 Michael Snow was commissioned to do a sculpture called Flightstop consisting of a number of Canada geese in flight in the atrium of the Toronto Eaton Centre.

More festive decorations.

The replacement bridge is now open between the Eaton Centre and The Bay.

Then a stop at Longo's as John requested oven fried chicken for dinner. I also scored on a turkey breast on sale for $3.99 a pound and turkey backs for soup at $2 a pack.

Home to make turkey soup!

We also have the painters starting on Friday so started removing pictures that we don't want to put back up in the same spot. Also moved some of the more delicate knick knacks.

Friday Finds
Weekend Reflections

Painters are here! John took 3 bags and some paintings to Goodwill. And bought a new shredder to replace the one that kicked the bucket. So more stuff will get cleared out!
This is a great excuse to rearrange and declutter more.

We're doing the whole place the same colours.

When John reconnected the phone/cable/internet nothing worked so they will come on Saturday.


Not much reading done. I started Dark Corners Ruth Rendall.

I also started The Keeper Luke Delaney. It is so annoying when in the first three chapters he uses the expression "red eyes broken capillaries" three times!
And every time he uses "a couple" which is very often it is printed as a-couple.
It is quite sexually blatant so be warned.
The characters are not that well developed and I am sorry that I had no sympathy for the other detective, Sally.
I will finish it.

Friday Photo Journal

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  1. I've never been to Savannah, though I've always wanted to go. Glad to know it's pretty. Toronto looks all decked out for the holidays! I'm sure you'll be happy for fresh, clean paint, but Ugh! on all the drop cloths.

  2. I visited Savannah on a day trip several years ago and loved the place. I want to go back and spend more time exploring the historic squares. Your photos brought back a lot of memories of that day spent with my son and daughter-in-law. Your pictures always make me want to travel. Just need to get my hubby motivated.
    Good luck with your painting. It's a pain and a giant mess but worth it to have bright, fresh walls.
    My Saturday Snapshot post features a hike among giant rocks!

  3. Intrepid travellers! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  4. We always stop in Savannah as our overnight on our way to Florida-love the pics of Daytona with the palm trees- feels nice and warm. So back to Toronto for the winter???

  5. Florida is where my husband want to be right now!

  6. The photos I've seen of Savannah all look beautiful. I think it's a place to linger. But still... happy newly decorated home! :) :) And thanks for sharing, Jackie.

  7. I like the look of that new Eaton Centre bridge!

  8. Was "somewhere" else on your blog yesterday, because your posts were short, and this is a regular long one:) But the Crab shack I remember - it makes me want to go to one!Unfortunately hubby is not so much for fish (but I make him, once a week for health:) ) Great experiences for All Seasons, Jackie! Have a grand week.

  9. Such a fantastic part of the world! I love the 'old world' charm and that breakfast sounds so yummy!!

  10. Too much for this old brain to remember but I was in awe of "prime rib for breakfast"! Also jealous, I think. I've been worried about Florida since the storms but I think I can stop worrying. Georgia — I was there a long time ago. The 70s, I guess. A beautiful state. Plus...I envy you your renovations, but feel sorry for you at the same time. :) So much for jealousy and envy on my part. Your posts are always fascinating.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. Oh what a glorious trip! Lovely scenes, great eats. And some fun signs and label...just loved it!

  12. What a fun trip for you and hubby and great photos!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Road trips are the best. I love all the signage that you captured.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  14. You capture so well the joy road trips bring. I love all the signs you photograph. I guess there is never a dull moment when you are transiting some roads. I like to stop on local businesses to get good too. #TPThursday


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