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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vacation - Day 4

Wednesday, November 5th
Last week Wednesday we went on a Historic Walking Tour of old Naples.
We met at Palm Cottage
We walked past all the old cottages that had historical significance due to who lived there.
I don't remember all the stories and would have to read this book.
When you think of it, Naples was quite different then.  No major highways.  No pest control, so you had snakes, mosquitoes and the like.  The cottages we saw weren't built with kitchens.
The building used a mixture of sand and shells for construction. 
 Also pine was plentiful and didn't allow water to seep through.
 Everyone ate at the Naples Hotel 
which was up the road from the Naples pier.  It was one long boardwalk!
The hotel has since been demolished as it was beyond restoration.

Nice little cottages

This was the mercantile.
These buildings are on 3rd Avenue. 
We continued on, through the sand and up an alley.
The DuPonts had a huge wall built on their property to protect their children around the time that the Lindberg baby was kidnapped.  It extends a block.  Many of the cottage properties included another family member's cottage as well.
We ended up back at Palm Cottage where we toured the inside.  The walls were full of photos of historic Naples.  That was very interesting.  I am anxious to buy and read the book!



NanaDiana said...

Diane- When I lived in Ft.Myers we used to escape down to Naples. There was nothing there. lol Fifth Avenue was just a little street with several shops along it. I was the spokeswoman/face of Naples 5th Avenue in the early/mid 70's. A long time ago..........xo Diana

Carolee said...

I am enjoying reading about your vacation! Glad that it improved after the unfortunate beginning with Connie being so sick.