A whistle stop tour of Sarasota, FL (well, some of it).
You will remember Christian Zaschke has been in town to research a story on the U.S. General Election for the newspaper for whom he is the New York City Correspondent - Suddeutsche Zeitung, (based in Munich).
He and I were no more than acquaintances who hung out together in the smoking area of Queen Mary II, on our journey from Southampton to New York.
As Christian (who lives in N.Y.C.) thought about the article he planned to write he thought "Ah Sarasota, FL, that Limey Michael Povey lives there, maybe it would be a good place to research my story".
It all worked out well and I was able to connect Christian with Sarasota residents, Democrats and Republicans, who were glad to meet with him.
Christian stayed at Sarasota's Art Ovation Hotel (sorta swanky), so he was able to get a taste of downtown; (and bayfront SRQ with its Westin Hotel etc, and luxury Condominiums).
Three of his interviews took place in the fashionable and affluent "west of the (South Tamiami) trail" district - South Orange, South Osprey and Bay Island.
I wanted Christian to get a bit more colour for his article so on his final morning (with only an hour to spare), I drove him through the (mostly) less fashionable North Tamiami Trail.
Here are some pics from our ride:Municipal Auditorium (1938); Private and W.P.A. financed,
Not on the north trail.
Before I took Christian back to his Hotel for his drive to Tampa International Airport; and flight back to Gotham we went for five minute walks in two of my favourite haunts (avec Zion).
Arlington Park; an Urban oasis.
Bayfront Park, Sarasota's lungs to the Bay.