I have visited Pensacola many times before but this viist was a more soulful experience in the high summer season with no agenda in mind ,just mindless meandering and enjoying this beautiful city. From the powder fine glistening sands of the best beaches in Florida (in my opinion) to the mouthwatering restaurant offerings ,Pensacola is a welcome summer solstice for the rejuvenation of any soul. Activities are abundantly abound in the downtown areas as well as in the neighborhood pockets. Theatre , concerts , beach bands days and the famous Naval Air museum are just a few of the many interesting and varied offerings here . Beach wear is the choice of natives and visitors alike for a laid-back existence for the better part of the day, evening wear depends on your dinner plans and such. The weather these last weeks was perfect in the high 80’s in the days with a slight cooling at night. Thunderstorms in the afternoon is not unlike most of Florida but gives a great respite for siestas before evening activities . Follow me as I share some of the sights I captured during my Pensacola respite!
The village in July was an exceptional treat for me ,I had never spent quality time there before and I pleasantly surprised! The weather was a little muggy on the Friday we got in but it was all part of the adventureous aspect of traveling to another city for a weekend with your best friend who is flexible as well. Our main purpose was to be with family at a memeorial for a dear friend who was like family to me since my teen years. We arrive at JFK from PBI and was entertained at the airport by a Beatles Tribute Band, they were actually very good and had a huge audience of transients drifting to their respective gates . We boarded the Airtrain towards Howard Beach which took us to the A Train eventually arriving at our stop at West 4 the Street in the heart Washington Square. The first night we surprised my cousin for her birthday gathering at “The Loft” overlooking the fabulous New York Skyline including the Empire State Building. The Washington square Park Monument heralded the sights ,taste, aroma of the happenings in the park which carried on into wee hours of the morning every single night! N.Y.U. Provided the fabulous energy for the area as it is situated right there by Washington Square. The happenings included outdoor piano playing, featuring pieces from the best classical composers, night time music was young and hip but older folk like myself were content to just inhale and absorb the youthful energy all around us. We visited a few great eaterie including “ Jack’s wife Freda” for a scrumptious nutritious breakfast. “Friend of the farmer “ was also a great little breakfast spot which didn’t disappoint either. There is also another great breakfast spot at the hotel across from our weekend residence called North Square , the breakfast was superb ,served in a setting below sidewalk level with fantastic ambience . My fiancé and I are foodies and this weekend’s offerings were definitely pleasing to our palates . The activities for the weekend including the memorial brought valuable memories and strengthening of family values and a new appreciation of what people mean when they say “ I love New York” !