on October 21, 2008
Ybor City was pretty interesting. A Spaniard named Don Vincente Martinez moved his cigar business from Key West to Tampa in 1886. About 20,000 migrant workers, mostly from Cuba and Spain joined him. The legacy of the cigar boom of the late 1800s and early 1900s is still visible in Ybor City. It's main street, 7th Avenue, with its Spanish-style tiles and wrought-iron balconies, look like it did then. But at night Ybor City comes to life and it is also home to The Columbia Restaurant, which is Florida's oldest restaurant. It takes up a whold block on 7th Avenue. At night they have flamenco dancing and the Latino food makes it a popular place with the tourists. Well, we've had a really great time staying at Bryan and Jill's house, but as everyone knows, "after three days relatives start to stink like fish", and we wouldn't want to overstay our welcome. So, it's off to Miami in the morning and the hotel life. But we'll be back for another few days next week.
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