Good Ole Florida Kitsch


The Sponge Factory-Tourist Shop and history of Tarpon Springs video on a continuous loop. I love these old cut-outs!

Looking for a fun day in Florida? You’ll do well to spend an afternoon in Tarpon Springs. I remember its claim as the sponge capitol of the world when I was a kid, and it’s still trading on that century old history. The sponge industry was huge at the turn of the last century and as it grew attracted Greek immigrants that brought their knowledge of sponge diving and culture to this little Florida town.sponge-capitol-pl


As we headed back to the DC area late this summer, we spent a few hours in the historic Greek district centered around the Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard (map).

This area runs along the water and you’ll see boats of all shapes and sizes, plenty of shorebirds, and lots of snowbirds. There are totally cheesy tourist shops-complete with videos on the history of sponging-and delicious Greek restaurants with live music and waterfront seating.


Boats of all shapes and sizes


Dining doesn’t get anymore waterfront than this!


Natural sponges



My favorite? The art bikes! Just like everything else in this charming town, they had a local spin incorporating life on the water and many, many sponges!





I’m not the only one who loved the bikes! This one was by far my favorite.


To see more of this artist’s work check out Flowerbikeman on Instagram.

PS: I know this is out of left field as I’ve mostly just been trying to spread PANDAS/PANS awareness and give updates on our son this year, but hey! I am trying to get back to normalcy-whatever that means, right?!?! B is doing well (much improved actually) so far and we are all just holding our breaths to see if he heals all the way and if that healing sticks around for a while this time!

4 Comments on Good Ole Florida Kitsch

  1. Juliana Kunkler
    October 27, 2016 at 8:32 am (1 year ago)

    I have a son with Pans, so I totally get trying to live a normal life! I appreciate your blog , finding another parent dealing with the same thing reminds me that I’m not alone.
    Prayers are with you and your son !!!

    • Ali
      October 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Juliana. And I’m happy to share notes, compare docs, or commiserate any time-don’t hesitate to reach out! The PANDAS/PANS community has been so helpful to us.

  2. Warren Gregory
    November 23, 2016 at 7:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for all the nice comments about my bikes your pics are nice. Flowerbikeman on Instagram if you want to see all my projects. Thanks again Warren

    • Ali
      November 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Warren! So cool you found this post… wondering how? We really enjoyed your work! I added your instagram to the post. Really lame, but I’m not on Instagram. Guess I should be. Happy Thanksgiving.


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