By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 2/23/2019
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Photos and stories of Florida, the state in which I spent my teenage years.

Land of Palm Trees, Three Coasts, and Humidity

Florida state flag

I was raised in Florida: We moved there when I was 10, in 1961; I lived there until I was in my late twenties, moved back there twice, and still have family there.

Central Florida

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #CentralFlorida #Florida #Travel Page Views: 491
Photos and stories of my adventures in Central Florida.

The coasts may be more exciting for city folk and tourists, but Florida's interior includes many fascinating natural and cultural attractions of its own. Not to mention, Disney World is here!

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First Coast

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Photos and stories of my adventures along Florida's Atlantic (First) Coast.

Florida's First Coast (called because it was first to be "discovered" by Europeans) was also the first part of Florida to which I was introduced, since I moved to St. Augustine from Vermont in 1961. Also known as Florida's Atlantic coast, it is known for its stretches of white sand beaches, as well as Cape Kennedy and St. Augustine, the oldest continuously-settled city in the continental United States.

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Gulf Coast

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Photos and stories of my adventures along Florida's Gulf Coast.

I've lived in both Tampa and Fort Myers; so I've spent a lot of time on Florida's Gulf Coast, which in addition to warm, sunny beaches and warm Gulf waters, features attractions such as Busch Gardens and Weeki Wachee.

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Florida Panhandle

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Photos and stories of my adventures along Florida's panhandle.

Having worked in Panama City before attending the University of West Florida at Pensacola, I've spent plenty of time in Florida's panhandle. In addition to those two cities, you'll find Florida's state capital, Tallahassee here.

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South Florida

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Florida #SouthFlorida #Travel Page Views: 504
Photos and stories of my adventures in Florida's southern parts.

I've lived and worked in Fort Lauderdale. And Miami's okay (I'm not a huge fan), and I love the Everglades. But once I made my first visit to the Keys, and especially Key West, it was Monroe County (where they are located) that had my heart.

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