Day T-1, Wednesday January 11 Tampa

Trip Start Jan 10, 2012
Trip End Jan 16, 2012

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I spent most of the day at one of my favorite places in central Florida,
Bok Tower Gardens. Edward Bok immigrated to the US from Holland at age
6. After a very successful career he established a sanctuary in Lake
Wales in 1929 as a gift to his adopted country. The gardens sit on one
of the highest points on the Florida Peninsula. While the gardens are
beautiful the centerpiece is a 205-foot tower with a 60-bell carillon.
Not really an attraction, the complex is a very peaceful place with
trails, an education center and several historic buildings. Carillon
concerts are presented daily at 1 and 3, usually live but at times (as
today) via recording. Short recorded passages are also played through
the day at 30-minute intervals. Today‚€™s concert was a mix of several
types of music, largely carillon pieces but also such varied things as
hymns, a Bach violin fugue, and Beethoven‚€™s Ode to Joy. The tower is
surrounded by a pond which produces a beautiful reflection of the tower.
The tranquility is supported by a pond with a shelter and a glass window
which looks out on whatever wildlife is in the area. There is a small
area of manicured gardens but most of them are examples of local plants
in a natural setting.  I was at the gardens approximately 11-3, and stopped by my parents
graves on the way back to Tampa. There will be some final reshuffling of my luggage this evening before heading for the pier in the morning.

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