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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#3 Florida Trip - Melbourne, Bok Tower, Flagler Beach

Following St. Augustine, I traveled south to visit my nephew Joe
who works at the Space Center and enjoyed the drive down and the time spent
with him and his family.

Here's little photo essay for you, but first a few sketches from my journal.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Lazy Hours Motel along the A1A going south along the coast. I didn't stay here! Just enjoyed the colors!

Flagler Beach along the A1A driving South

My nephew Joe

Toppers Creamery The Cutest ice cream shop! I couldn't resist taking this photo

Town of Lake Wales, Florida, stopped for a bite to eat

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL - I just happened upon this beautiful place! Their website describes the gardens as follows: "Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the greatest works of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. The meandering, historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting offering a series of romantic recesses and tranquil resting spots, picturesque vistas and breathtaking views of the Singing Tower. Acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines fashion a lush backdrop for flowering foliage and the spectacular seasonal color of azaleas, camellias and magnolias (a highlight of our spring peak bloom season) showcasing an ever-changing work of art."

The beautiful Bok (Singing) Tower: (according to their website:) "The carillon at Bok Tower Gardens has 60 bells ranging in weight from 16 pounds to nearly 12 tons. The instrument was designed and built in 1928 by John Taylor Bellfoundry, Ltd. of Loughborough, England which still makes bells today. There are four carillons in Florida, approximately 200 in North America and 600 throughout the world. See a list created by Guild of Carillonneurs in North America of all North American carillons." 

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