Wednesday, April 29, 2015
For Y day at the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I want to show you some of the beauty in a neighborhood of Tampa, Florida that is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in the State of Florida. And, since my theme is America the Beautiful, and my secondary theme is using photos buried in my iPhone, this Y day was not a challenge for me at all.
Ybor City was not a desirable neighborhood when I lived in Tampa, but it has been transformed over the past 40 years, with the history and the Latin vibe shining through. Daytime, it is family friendly. Nighttime, more of a party atmosphere.
Here are some pictures of Ybor City, including a Saturday market I went to in 2013.
One of the highlights of Ybor City (named after a cigar manufacturer) is the Columbia Restaurant, which opened in 1905.
Here are some pictures taken near or at the restaurant.
It's been many years since I last ate at the Columbia, so I can't endorse the food, but I'd like to try their "1905" salad one day. You will get some good Cuban food here.
And it is even more beautiful inside. Maybe, I'll eat there the next time I visit Tampa (next year, perhaps?)
Ironically, for a neighborhood named after a cigar maker by the name of Vincent Martinez Ybor, the cigar industry Ybor City was once known for is fading away.
But, despite that, Ybor City is well worth the visit.