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Exploring Tarpon Springs, Florida

June 23, 2017

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Tarpon Springs is a sleepy little Greek town near Tampa, Florida. It has the most amazing Greek food and a fascinating history. Known as the "sponge capital of the world," the town's economy used to subsist of sponge diving. It was about an hour's drive from Orlando to Tarpon Springs, a little bit past Tampa. We checked out the sponge shop and museum, which was interesting if you like history and culture.










We ate at a restaurant called Hellas. Unfortunately none of my food pictures survived, but the food was amazing and very authentic. They even had Greek wines that I had never tried. They were pretty strong and meant to pair with cheese and olives. They had all of the traditional dishes in a casual American dining setting, and the waitress was super nice and helpful with explaining the Greek dishes on the menu. After that we did some light shopping down the main street. The town also has options for the beach and glass bottom boat rides. Visiting Tarpon Springs was a beautiful way to spend the day.






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