Monday, August 25, 2014

Late Summer Visit to Panama City Beach, Florida

My husband's Collage Fraternity Brothers and their wives meet at Panama City Beach each year during the weekend before Labor Day.  It is so much fun getting together with these old friends who are all transported back in time when they all meet together.  

It is a totally charming, lighthearted weekend full of laughter and the sharing of old memories.  I just sit and watch the amazing treasures of friendships.

Of course I never miss an opportunity to take photos and try to capture some of the beauty of the world that the good Lord has given us to enjoy.   And, how could you find anything prettier than a clear,  calm,  and beautiful day at the beach.

The clear turquoise ocean as seen from the Condo balcony.
What a beautiful day!

 Mike's Oyster Bar and Cafe
17554 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, Florida

The group decided to meet for dinner at Mike's Oyster Bar and Cafe.  Our dinner could not have been any better anywhere.  I had Fried Shrimp with Green Beans and Cole Slaw, my husband had a delicious Oyster dinner, someone else had Seafood Casserole, another had Salmon, and then others ordered Steak ... Everything was delicious.

One side of this restaurant serves lunch and dinner,  and the cafe side serves breakfast.

As you can see the day was as clear and beautiful as a day can be.

 These cute and colorful beach houses were located just across from the ocean.

If you are ever in Panama City you do not want to miss a visit to Pier Park.  Pier Park has something for everyone ... There is an amusement park for the children, movie theatre, multiple restaurants, open-air shopping, clubs and entertainment.  You will also find Dillards, J.C. Penny, and Target.

Pier Park
600 Pier Park Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida

One of the streets through Pier Park.

Many restaurants in Pier Park have outdoor seating.

It was beautiful driving along Panama City Beach.

For a casual  drive around the beach there are all kinds of leisure vehicles for rent.

Leaving the beach and driving on into Panama City 
we spotted these beautiful old Spanish Moss draped Oak Trees.

 This sure does look like old Florida.

Driving by the Bay area we saw many sailboats resting at the dock.

It was a delightful weekend and so much fun trying to capture the beauty of the area with my camera.

I hope you had a very nice weekend also, and a nice beginning of your week wherever you may be.

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