Papas World – walking historic Winter Haven

One thing we most wanted in our AIRBNB

We had to have access to walking

And there had to be things to walk to!

This – we have – as we walk everyday –

and it is mostly warm – shaded – and sun

And safe to walk about!

View from our front entrance
facing toward
the Old Town
of Winter Haven Fla.

We could walk a block and we were

in a redeveloped park – with benches and lots of shade!

This section has all been upgraded

pastel brick painted

bright colors

The old buildings
made of brick
painted and trimmed out
full of different stores
One of four different streets
with the coffee shop
and library at the end
of the street

In this picture – the park is at the left

and in total runs a good four blocks

At the end of the park
in the direction left
is a lake where every
third Saturday
is a ski show
put on by Cypress Gardens!
A ski jump
in the lake for the show
Part of the area
for the ski show

And YES – there are gators in these lakes!

However – we never saw any here!

I would not go swimming
or wading here
they say go to the middle of the lakes
to swim or water ski
but I will pass!

However – the views are awesome!

And we walked here often!

The trees are green
with flowers
almost all of them
This was laying
on the ground
and was really soft

In the opposite direction

we often walked more

simply because all the stores

bars and restaurants

saloons and barber shops

a lot of either one

and the smells of lunch – dinner

and music!

The entrance to the library
to the right
and our favorite coffee shop
to the left
Where Ella would have a
chocolate chip cookie!

We would stop every evening

for a small coffee and ice tea

and just sit and watch the sunset

One of the many fountains
in the park

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After our daily walk
back to the confines
of our rental
and looking forward to our next walk!

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Papas World – our home away from home!

Our vacation rental
in the historic district
of Winter Haven Florida!
The entrance gate – some 20 feet high
and locked – each time we leave
the entire structure is block and stucco
painted white like a fortress!

We rented this place through VRBO sight unseen

except in pictures and reviews

That is the chance you take

But – we took it and are happy with it!

As you enter – you are greeted
by a long narrow hallway
and a set of stairs
to the second floor bedrooms
full bathrooms and
a small laundry room

You turn left into the dining room

with another narrow hallway leading past the kitchen

straight to the living room

with a half bath off this hallway to the right

The dinning room where I set up my office

and when we had company – ate our meals!

Off the dining room
a narrow hallway
with a half bath on the right
and a doorway on the left
to the galley kitchen
straight a head is the cozy
living room
and beyond that
a entirely closed in patio
with 20 plus foot high walls!
The galley kitchen is narrow but has everything we needed!
View back toward the dinning room
View of the galley kitchen
from the dinning room
toward the living room

Although it was narrow – and not really a place for more than one

to work unless you were at opposite ends

it functioned well and we just got use to it!

The living room – very cozy
with a log burning fireplace to the right
which we used – buying those burning logs
from the store
the ones you just light
and it burned for a good four hours!
Ella – our grand daughter laughed at it
saying it was a fake log
but it did put off heat!
And beyond – a enclosed patio
with walls going up past the window
on the second floor!

We were very comfortable in this room.

The furniture was white leather
and very comfortable
You can see in the other picture
the enclosed back patio
the walls went up above the second story bedroom window!
We never used either patio
it was too cool when we first arrived
or we would get back home too late and after dark
The living room fireplace
The front patio
again with walls that went above the second floor
At the top of the stairs
on the second floor
the laundry room to the right
and straight a head
the guest bedroom and bath
where Ella and later
Sherry’s sister Debbie stayed.
The spare guest room
very comfortable
as were all the beds
Huge closets that
ran the whole length
of the wall with lots of storage!
The guest bathroom
with a over head sky light
that you did not need lights on
during daylight!

The whole guest area was very comfortable and was entirely away

from the master bedroom!

The doors in the place were solid and very thick!

Even the doors to the stacked
washer and dryer were solid
and very thick
All the door casings were made out of 2 x 12’s
with 2×6 and 2×4 trimmed pieces!
I have never seen this done before
and all seemed to be rough cut!
The master bedroom was large with
a king sized bed
and two very large closets
And also its own wood burning fireplace

Our bedroom was the biggest room in the entire house!

With its own TV and when the door was shut

you could hardly hear anything!

Master bath

Well – this was our home away from home!

And they told us that the next rental would be the last

through VRBO!

They were going to lease it by the year!

It was in a great spot as we walked almost everywhere

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The stairway down
to the front door
notice the hand rail
all the casings and trim were like this!

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Front door to the gate
and then the car
parked right
in front!

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Papas World – A walk in Panther Paw point park!

We decided to drive seven miles away –

To a state park where there was a almost three mile

nature walking path –

Named Panther Paw point park –

because they spotted a panther there

sometime in the past!


The loop ran trough the woods and then around this lake
and the trail around the lake
in some spots
got very narrow
with brush and reeds on either side!
We read this before starting out
and notice the pictures of all
we might observe while walking
we did see a lot of areas dug up
like giant moles had been there
my thought “WILD BOARS”!
Here is a picture map
of the several loops
you can make
This also is a place
where people come to ride horses
there were a half dozen
horse trailers in the lot!
Debbie and Tom
the path leading into the woods
As you can see
stay on the path
its a jungle out there!
After walking through the woods
you break out and start following the lake
The first GATOR we saw
just over the bank
and right near the water
I would estimate 15 to 20
feet from me!
He was big – but not as big
as the next one we saw
still I was nervous
standing there!
Just down from the gator
about 30 feet away
that gator would of been one half the distance

The path itself was 10 to 12 feet wide

with the lake and reeds and bushes and trees on one side

the other side sometimes a fence with pasture

other times just marsh and a lot of bushes

I keep my eyes on the lake side!

And I never saw the gators until I was maybe 25 feet away!

Now- I never saw this fellow
Sherry was following
and she said here is a snake
I had walked right by it!
It was maybe 6 to 8 feet away
She saw it – it raised up
and she backed away
and then she took this picture
when I went back it was slithering away
I told her it looked like a black snake
but still I never saw it!
I would say it was 4 or 5 feet long!
Avery big hawk sitting on a gate
this was pasture land on the right side
away from the lake
there were sections that you could not see through
and the path narrowed down
to maybe 6 or 7 feet wide
making me very nervous!
This guy was huge!
I would say 10 to 12 feet long
those are the hind legs
and the tail was maybe another four foot long
He was really big around and almost black!
This one was maybe 15 feet over the side
of the bank – out of the water
and in the bushes and reeds
there was a trail down to him
and I assume that is where he went
back and forth!

This gator was really big – never moved – I learned later

at that time of day – they are not that active – plus the water

is only around 60 degrees –

They are night hunters and during the day -they warm up in the sun

and heat of the day and digest their food

from the night before!

This one was maybe 200 yards from the other one

which makes me think this was his territory!

It was a beautiful walk
nervous at times
hot in the sun
a half dozen horse riders passed us
The birds and ducks
huddle together
in the middle of the lake
we have been told several times
that gators do not attack in deep water
That is why people swim in the middle of the lakes
and water skiers
are in the water in these lakes
That’s like telling me BEARS don’t bite in the woods! LOL
I hope you liked this little adventure
It was a spur of the moment
lark that we went on!
along with birds horses – riders – and where
Wild boars ( pigs) dug up the ground
or some very GIANT MOLES!

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Papas World – a little afternoon tea !

We were out walking and spotted it – about 3/4 mile from our rental!

Winter Haven Florida

So – we decided to try it out – NEEDED RESERVATIONS!

And it is only open 11 am. to 3 pm. !

We secured a spot for 2:00 pm.

Debbie Tom Sherry

And – it was really good !

I had ice tea and the ladies had a hot tea pot!

So hot – that you had to be careful!

But they loved it!

The decor!

We each had a different plate

and the cost was about $20.00 each

including tip!

And it was really good!

Tea pots and cups!

It was crowded – full when we got there at 2:00 pm.

But by 3:00 pm.

We were the last ones there!

More decor

It is a old house – remodeled –

and done really nice – quaint – and very clean!

Tea Room

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Sherry and Tom

Before we leave in a couple weeks

We plan on going back for lunch

it was that good

but it is so popular and only opened

four hours a day

you need advance reservations!

Plus – there is a attached courtyard with a gift shop!


Papas World -packing up – going to Florida – Ella

She turned 16 last July.

For her present – she would ride with us to Florida

and then fly back home –

You see – she is a huge Star Wars fan.

So – we will take her to Universal’s Star Wars!

Ella to the top left

When Maddy turned 16 –

we took her to Florida to swim with the Manatee’s!

We are going anyways to spend a warm month in Florida

and the opportunity was there for us to do this.

Sherry & Tom

We also have plans to see friends who live down there

and to meet up with other friends

who travel South for the Winter.

We will take in both coasts – staying in the middle

South of Orlando.

Some have been years and years since we have seen them

although we stay in touch through face book.

Social media is a great place to inter act.

Going to Florida with one grand daughter

making her birthday wish come true

Getting some warm weather – play some golf –

meet up with friends

But – not going to ride anything that goes way up and down

or around very fast

My life in the fast lane is WATCHING! LOL

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