We haven’t gone anywhere since March of 2020 except for the grocery store or doctors appointments. Sure we live in a beautiful spot with a view of the lake, but to say I have cabin fever is an understatement! We haven’t joined in any of the resort activities or done much of anything, UNTIL NOW! Two COVID shots and two weeks plus later, finally a venture out into the real world!
Punta Gorda is a small town, but I heard about a car show downtown. Not knowing what to expect, I visited on a beautiful sunny Saturday. To my surprise there must have been fifty to sixty cars and a great variety on display. From the expected Mustangs, Corvettes, TriChevys, some Street Rods, T-Birds, a few Exotics, there were a few surprises like a Pacer Wagon, and my personal favorite brand Studebaker.
I love to go to car shows to meet the owners, learn about the car’s history and hopefully see something I never saw before. Today was no exception! I saw for the first time a BMW i8. This hyper-futuristic sports car, with butterfly doors, was only built for six years with a total of 20,000 units. It is both battery and gas powered. An electric motor drives the front wheels and a 1.5 liter inline three cylinder engine powers the rear wheels. WHY DIDN’T I TAKE A PICTURE?
For the second Saturday in a row, we ventured out again. (yeah!) This time to the Punta Gorda’s Downtown Farmer’s Market. According to their website: “Award Winning! Voted the best small market in Florida and the 15th in the USA, we have a large number of vendors offering fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, Italian bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, fresh citrus, jewelry, candles and soaps, dip mixes, Florida arts and crafts, cheese, French bakery, baguettes and olives, homemade pies, orchids, organic produce, personalized pens, kettle corn, coffee beans and drinks, native and exotic plants, and live music from 8 am – 1 pm.”
While we were downtown we visited Fisherman’s Village, a waterfront shopping, entertainment, and resort complex located alongside Charlotte Harbor. There are over 30 shops and restaurants as well as a resort with 47 timeshare villas and a full service marina.