I wouldn’t normally think of posting a photograph of a motel window for my Thursday’s Lingering Look at Windows. They are normally quite boring – seen one… boring. But when I define “lingering” as 30 years worth of looking I think this window has earned posting rights.
For 30 years we have driven on US 41 just a block or two north of where it turns to go southeast, that corner where all the congestion is because it is where all the Naple’s action begins. This little stretch of road hasn’t always had so much traffic, but it has always had some congestion. They have widened the road (now 6 to 8 lanes wide) as the traffic increased.
In this area, the “Lemon Tree Inn” caught my eye – still does – I look for it. It is a small motel in the old fashion way with just two stories in one section, just one story where the lead photo was taken. This is the kind of motel that lined all the US highways before the interstate system was built. It was always someplace I thought I would like to stay. But of course I would never pay to stay there when we were staying just around the corner and over the bridge.
If I do decide to stay there, I had better do it quick. They are going to tear it down to build a new hotel. By the time we return next fall they will be building a three-story inn with a restaurant and shops. I’m sure it will be attractive and inviting as everything in downtown Naples is done to attract the discriminating tourist with money to spend. But I’m going to miss the old Lemon Tree. It is one more way that the sleepy little fishing village we once knew is disappearing and a vibrant, exciting new Naples is emerging. I love them both.
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Finding interesting windows where I spend my winter months is challenging. I am always on the look-out for those windows that draw me in, the ones that make we want to take a lingering look, imagine what it would be like to take a lingering look from within. These are above a store in Old Town Naples (but not over 200 years old).
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I had just looked through some photos I took last year at the Palm House – one of the first building built in Naples, Florida. Because the only electricity (generator produced) was at the hotel down the street, the kitchen wasn’t added until later. Enjoy the appliances, utensils, and of course some ingredients.
I was exploring some posts in my Reader and found LuAnn’s post ( at Paint Your Landscape) on visiting Naples. Hearing her description of Naples stimulated my curiosity about some of my old posts about this place that people call paradise so I went back for a look-see. I realized that I have been having so much fun at the Botanical Garden that I have forgotten all that is so beautiful in other parts of my down-south Dot on the Map. Here is one of my favorite posts on Naples from last year – that comes with a promise to start spending time walking the streets of Naples with camera around my neck.
In my post about Third Street South and The Palm Cottage, I told you a little bit about Old Naples; that part of the city that has been around longest before everything built up towards the east and north. South and west of Old Naples is water. In this post I am focusing on the homes around Third Street South in Old Naples.
I tried to collect a collage of images that portray the beauty and personality of this area. There are a few small cottages that have not been kept up over the years but most of the homes are very well landscaped and maintained. This is very expensive real estate and the homes stay in families through generations. Some have been sold off and very (read very) large homes built with guest cottages bigger than the original home. These are mostly along the gulf and I didn’t photograph them (probably because they aren’t my style). Some cottages have been torn down and small condominiums built – maintaining the atmosphere of the neighborhood. There is an ordinance in the city of Naples that buildings can’t be over three stories tall. This helps the town keep it’s small-town feeling.
I also tried to protect the privacy of these people – except when I went snooping down alleys. This part of Naples is three blocks from the gulf beach and next to the restaurants and shops of Thirds Street South. You can enjoy the detail of each image in a slide show by clicking on any photo.