Florida, Mediterranean Style

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Monday, March 19, 2007

Imagine a beautiful, classic Greek fishing village, right on the water, Greek music coming from all the seaside shops, the smells of Greek food wafting out on the sea breezes. Imagine whitewashed buildings with blue accents....wait, stop, hold on a sec, we aren't in Greece......we are in Tarpon Springs.....Florida?
That's right people, you too can experience the flavors, sights and sounds of Greece, here in the United States, in Florida. Roberto and I went to Tarpon Springs last week on a whim and found a wonderful place to get down with our Mediterranean selves!
Tarpon Springs boasts the largest Greek population in the United States, as it makes up about 1/3 of the community. Its inhabitants are the descendents of Greek sponge divers that came to Florida from Greece around the turn of the century. This influence has become the backbone of Tarpon Springs and the art of Sponge Diving still exists today.

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