Friday, March 04, 2011

From Snow Storm to Tropical Paradise

Again, blogging is suffering. But a visit to Naples to see Granny and Grandpa is definitely blog worthy!!

After a fantastic brunch on Sunday, we went on an alligator hunt and Grandpa found one almost immediately!

We thought he was heading to the shore to sunbathe but before we knew it, he was swimming threw the drainage pipe.

Kappy the Croc Hunter went after him! Somewhat frighteningly, the alligator never popped threw into the adjoining pond. Ala chipmunk on Cobb Creek, I was nervous that the gator was going to wind up in the toilet in the condo!

On Monday, we enjoyed a stroll on the pier before a sunset dinner on the beach. The pier was packed with fishermen (and poor recently caught fish gasping for oxygen:-( )

The birds were smart. They hung out directly below where the fish were being gutted. They had a feast...

...but so did we as we watched the Florida sun set. BEAUTIFUL!

Sunset Smiles

What would be a trip without pizza!? We tried Naples Pizza and I was very impressed. The Very Veggie pie was delish-- quality cheese, tasty crust and tangy sauce AND green olives. OH YEAH!

Dinner on Monday night found us at Bleu Provence, a phenomenal French restaurant in downtown Naples. The exceptional company definitely added to the experience, but this was also one of the best meals I think I've EVER had! Homemade smoked salmon with sweet potato blinis as an appetizer. Then, sea bass in a chablis beurre blanc sauce with velvety mashed potatoes and asparagus as the main course. THEN, molten chocolate cake with coffee ice cream and raspberry coulis for dessert. A lovely glass of pinot grigio complemented the whole meal. After dinner, I announced my retirement and decided to stay in Naples... but alas I think I might have to work for a couple more years. Thank you G&G for a MARVELOUS weekend!


Blogger Katie said...

Awesome!! G&G sure know how to show a girl a good time :) Wish I could have been there with you three!!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Sounds like an amazing time! But then again, being with Granny and Grampa is always the best!!! Naples weather was just the frosting on the cupcake!!!
Love the pictures!

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erin - What a fun trip - so happy you were able to enjoy some sun and warm after the winter NYC has had!
Aunt Barb

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like fun! Wish I had been there!


5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How lovely!!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bah Humbug! Who wants sunsets when you can shovel slush?????

10:12 PM  

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