Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Day 77 - Naples, FL

It was cloudy and cool for most of the day. Brett did a little more work on the bike and the brakes don't sound like a dying goose anymore. So we took a pedal around the campground. There is a very nice day use area with picnic tables, fishing and boating. Pity we don't have the kayaks along. We have been to a lot of places in Florida where there seems to be good boating.

The nice people we met at site #116 over the weekend invited us to their home for dinner tonight. Pat and Larry are a wonderful couple. They are our age so we seemed to have a lot in common to talk about. We had wine, cheese and crackers, salad, burgers, baked beans, cheesecake and coffee. It was a treat to be in a real house after so many weeks and to enjoy the company of new friends.

I'm sure it was incredibly rude of me but while everybody else was out by the pool I took a few pictures inside the house. The entry room features a Steinway grand piano into which the Steinway folks built a player piano roll.

There was so much beautiful art work but my favorite by far is the original Toulouse-Lautrec Divan Japonais poster. This was owned by Pat's aunt and given to them as a wedding present.

Pat insisted that Brett try out their massage chair. Brett said it gave a great massage but possibly punctured a lung. He's such a drama queen!

Larry plays Flamenco guitar and treated us to a concert. After some more traditional pieces he played House of the Rising Sun and then a couple of Simon and Garfunkel. I never sing out loud in front of people but I did tonight. It was great fun. And the dogs didn't even howl at me!

They are planning to come to Maine in their motorhome and I hope that we will be able to return their hospitality. They are lovely people.

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