We were in a small venue in Clearwater Fl. Here is a shot of how good our seats were - I'm sorry but I don't know how to make the subject larger when I shot the picture on my IPhone (note to self to learn how to do this)
For anyone who doesn't care two hoots about this concert - you might want to bail out now - I am going to post later about my yarn shop stop and a couple of other things but this post will be all about the trip to Clearwater.
anyway - I thought the concert was very unique - they did play more RP solo songs than I've heard in a number of years. He opened with Down by the Sea which is off Fate of Nations - a little known song in my opinion but a great one. He also did I'm in the Mood (for a Melody) which of course I like to pretend is just for moi' !!!!!!!! It was fantastic to hear it live after probably 15 or so years. He did Tangerine - a fabulous Zeppelin song and Thank You another favorite of mine along with several other Zep and solo songs. I noticed he also did 2 songs from the Raising Cane CD he had done with Allison Krause and had a female singer on stage thru the entire performance named Patti Griffin - she had a sultry voice but little stage presentation. His current band - the Band of Joy is apparently a bunch of guys he played with prior to meeting Jimmy Page and getting started with LedZep - they were all extremely talented and all did songs from the newest CD - I think it's titled Band of Joy - I have to rush out and get it - it was just released last week. Well - I could go on and on but just suffice to say it was a magical evening in my opinion.
Thru a little internet research - I found a great little restaurant in Safety Harbor which is on Tampa Bay near our hotel. The Green Springs Bistro was nestled on a side street in the cutest little cottage. Brick streets and cute shops made this an interesting area - too bad we didn't have time to explore.
I think I need this mermaid mailbox ! Jody again gave me the stink eye !
Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant which had bright colors and an inhouse guitarist who was really really good. It was interesting that the whole restaurant was filled with fellow Robert Plant fans garnering their various concert t-shrts from the past 30+ years.
The Green Springs is chef owned and had some good reviews listed. We had a fabulous meal - jody had crab stuffed Mahi and I had shrimp and grits. The wait staff was excellent and it was a super pleasant way to start off a fabulous evening.
On Saturday morning I wanted to find Cari's local yarn shop which is in Palm Harbor. I had emailed Cari last week and asked about shops to visit in the area. I did visit Uncommon threads but I forgot to take a photo of my purchases so I'll leave that post for another time.
Instead of heading home on I 75 - we decided to drive up the gulf coast - I had never been in those areas - Tarpon Springs, Homosassa Springs, Crystal River - they were quaint little spots but it was far too hot to stop and get out anywhere so I have no photos of those little towns. I knew I wanted to stop in Williston which is in horse country (Marion County) for a late lunch on the way home. The Ivy House is a neat place - it is housed in a historic home built in 1912 I think I read.
It had been about 5 years since I was there but it was just as wonderful as I remember it being.
Beautiful gardens surround the grand old home and inside there are numerous fireplaces and wood floors. Good food is the reason people flock there from far far away. I ordered fried shrimp and Jody ordered their specialty crispy oven roasted chicken - both came with fresh veggies, cornbread and a yeast roll. I was full but not too full to pass up a wonderful house made dessert. We opted to share a piece of chocolate layer cake - we both thought it was just DEE-VINE!
What a great way to end a lovely weekend !