"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 12, 2014

May 11 – Jacksonville, FL

Lamb's Yacht Center

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. We’ve been working hard all week on redoing some of the teak on the boat, but we took the day off on Saturday. We went to the Riverside Art Market, a large farmers market and art show held under the Fuller Warren Bridge at the end of the Northbank River Walk. The river walk is a two-mile-long pedestrian/cycling path that connects the north end of the Riverside Avondale Historic District with Downtown. The market was one of the best farmers markets we’ve been to, just about anything you’d want, plus entertainment and lots of food choices for lunch…a good place to spend the day. After lunch we walked along the river to downtown…it was a nice break from all the work we’ve been doing.

The kids gave me a gift certificate to Orsay, a French bistro, in Avondale for Mother’s Day. Being away from family is very hard on days like today, but our kids always think of something to make it special. Stan continued his work on the teak today and I even did a little work, but the highlight of our day was the wonderful dinner we had at Orsay. The food was amazing; we started off with a Thai rock shrimp appetizer followed by scallops for me and trout for Stan and Black Forest cake for dessert. We had a magnificent meal...thanks to our amazing kids.

Plenty of shade and cool breeze off the river makes this a great place for a farmers market.
Looking back at the market from the riverwalk 
A view of downtown Jacksonville from the riverwalk 
Part of the riverwalk 
Railroad bridge close to downtown...we've waited on this bridge when we came into Ortega last March. 
A park under the Acosta Bridge 
Thai Rock Shrimp 
Sea Scallops 
Carolina Trout 

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