Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ybor City, worth a visit

Ybor City, pronouned EE-borh, is a historic neighborhood of Tampa, Florida.  In the 1880's, immigrants from Spain, Cuba and Italy settled in this area and started cigar manufacturing.  Even today, as you walk historic 7th Avenue, you see numerous cigar stores where cigars are still being hand-rolled.  The bars and coffee shops have thick cigar smoke rolling out of them.  Not exactly my favorite smell, but once again....when in Rome....

We did sit down and enjoy a Cuban coffee in the late afternoon and just look around the old-fashioned bar.


And then, of course, a little window shopping.  I did not get the price on this suit on display, but then you have to realize, some things are priceless.


In 2008, 7th Avenue in Ybor City was listed as one of the "10 Great Streets in America" by the American Planning Association.  Using the word great might be a stretch, but it certainly is unusual for the US. 

10 comments:

  1. I think you should go back for the suit! Sounds like a nice afternoon on an interesting street.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. That sounds like a great place to spend an afternoon wandering. I definitely think you should go back for that outfit!

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  3. What a great place to visit and I'm so sorry we missed it when we were in Tampa last year. Now I have to go back. Thanks for the post!

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  4. So, you smoked some cigars and bought the suit, right?
    Looks like you had fun.

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  5. How fun Susan. We haven't been there in years. And yes, that suit is priceless!
    Sam

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  6. Thank you for the Ybor tour! The suit... priceless, for sure. LOL! I am one of those who loves the smell of a good cigar... Ahhhh... HATE the smell of cigarettes. Go figure. May not be "greatest", but seems very intetesting.

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  7. Ok, you can confess, the suit is hanging in the Trout's closet isn't it! Looks like a fun stroll!

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  8. I dare The Trout to wear that suit. Tres chic!

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  9. I knew Tampa was a big cigar city (still is) but never knew about this area. Thanks for telling us about it!

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  10. Haha... that suit is priceless!!

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