Tampa Bay!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Tampa was awesome! I ended up using Priceline and we ended up staying in a Hyatt for 60$ a night. The hotel was downtown Tampa and we were very pleased with it. We took a cab from the airport to downtown Tampa. Cab's from the airport to downtown run on a flat rate- 25$. I didn't mind that so much because there was traffic and I didn't want to pay extra to sit on the freeway. The first day we were there we found a delightful little art festival going on. We explored all the local artists booth and were very impressed. There was everything from paintings to sculptures to jewelry. We had a corn dog and some sweet potato fries which were very greasy and we each had a beer. The weather was absolutely gorgeous- sun was shining and it had to be about eighty degrees. We walked around downtown then went back to the hotel to sit by the pool. The one thing I do have to say about downtown Tampa is that it's not very happening. We were shocked at how few people there were on the streets. And there wasn't too much to do in the downtown core on a Saturday night- which also surprised us. We found a pub called Hattricks and had a few beers there. Maybe we just didn't know where to go but walking around downtown Tampa on a saturday night was like walking through a ghost town.
Sunday night was the Britney Spears concert and it was amazing! We had dinner at Joe's restaurant which is by the harbour and I wasn't too impressed with it. The guy at the hotel had recommended it and the best part of it was just sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine and the view. The food was okay but I found it overpriced. And the service was slow. The concert was just amazing though! Britney put on a hell of a show! All the girls in Tampa really brought it. They really dressed to impress and a lot of them got a little too tipsy which provided some interesting people watching! All in all our experience in Tampa was a great one. Staying downtown is great if you're seeing an event at the Times Forum. Next time I think I'll check out the beaches at Clearwater.
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