In April 2008 we relocated from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I have resigned from the company Hun Research that I worked for the last few years and will try my luck with a Swedish company called Pan Capital.
Since the office is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale in Florida we relocated there. We used the moving company Graebel to ship our furniture and then packed the car full of personal affects and headed south for a 1550 mile road trip over 6 days.
We more or less followed the Interstate 65 and 75 down south, passing Indianapolis, Nashville, Atlanta and then veered a bit west down the west coast of Florida passing Crystal River, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Naples and then finally Fort Lauderdale.
We did three longer rest stops along the road. The first one in Nashville which is a really charming little town with great restaurants and pubs. Seems like the Vanderbuilt University pulls in students that keeps all these great little spots alive. We did the almost mandatory Country Music Hall of Fame which has good exhibits, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with an impressive collection and housed one of the most amazing art deco buildings I've ever seen. The afternoon was spent leisurely at the Belle Meade Plantation just outside town.
The second stop was in Crystal River. The main attraction here is to snorkle the crystal clear springs and hopefully see the Manatees up an close. Unfortunately Vannessa wasn't in tip top shape so we had to skip that. Visited the Crystal River Archeological State Park which is ok but not directly spectacular. Actually managed to see a Manatee while sitting next to the river in the park lazing about so that was fun. The town itself is ok but lacks any real harbour where you can stroll around or anything like that.
On the way down the coast we stopped in the rather touristy but still charming Tarpon Springs. A lot of Greek people settled in the town for the sponge industry and it sure does feel a bit like being on a greek island. We had a good lunch and some classic strong greek coffe with baklava and kataifi.
The third and final stop was in St. Petersburg. Very charming place with some good waterfront eateries and the pier. We had the best meal on the trip in a tapas place called Ceviche which I can strongly recommend. The Salvador Dali Museum is a must visit if you're interested in modern art.