We see friends and former colleagues from the now-deceased Tampa Tribune.
It's where I had an apartment in the city's Old Northeast. I love walking the neighborhood of tree-shaded brick streets, 1920s arts-and-craft homes and traditional Florida houses with breezeways and open porches.
|My former apartment is at the lower right.
Ozzie Smith and Whitey Herzog.
|The now-demolished St. Pete Pier pyramid.
|The still-standing Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach
And a quick trip across the peninsula ends in St. Pete Beach with more good restaurants, warm gulf waters and the Pepto-Bismol-painted Don Cesar hotel.
|Me and former Trib colleague Tom.
Unfortunately, Old Northeast prices have ballooned beyond the means of a retired newspaper reporter. So Paulita and I will be flying back on Sunday to spend another year in southwest France.
Not a bad consolation prize.