Naples, Florida is one of the wealthy cities in the U.S. with a per capita income in excess of $60,000 and the percentage below the poverty line at about 3%. I saw Maseratis, Jaguars, and Rolls Royces as well as many BMWs. It is also populated with both modern and classic convertibles. Houses along the coast sell for more than $40 million. We saw a house being built that had 17 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms. Naples permanent population of is just under 20,000 (2010 census) with an additional 12,000+ adding to the congestion in the winter months.
Pat and Jim’s condo was a very lovely, well-decorated 2 bedroom condo. One morning, outside their front door, we spotted a mourning dove on her nest. The picture was taken from the steps leading to the second floor condos at a distance of 8 feet or so. We didn’t want to disturb the nest
Once when she was away from the nest we saw that it contained 2 eggs, which is normal. While I was there, one of the eggs hatched.
There was also a bird of paradise next to their building.
Downtown Naples, has many art galleries and artsy stores (and one delicious gelato shop!). These images are from an art piece just outside the free parking garage downtown. The work is made of a mixture of colored glass panels positioned at various angles. In the second image, it looks like my boat has come in.
My first full day in Naples we attended a lunchtime organ concert. The concert was at the First Presbyterian Church which is home to one of the most magnificent organs in the U.S. The organ has its own web site at http://issuu.com/fpcnaples/docs/organ_brochure. Everyone was invited to come up and look at the organ and pipes after the concert. Ruffatti organs are known around the world for their excellent craftsmanship.
Finally, another Naples sunset picture.