Places to Visit: Naples

Cafe Luna at 467 Fifth Avenue in Naples.  PG photo.  Bring your wife--don't leave home without her.

Cafe Luna at 467 Fifth Avenue in Naples. PG photo. Bring your wife–don’t leave home without her.  (You can see her hat in the lower left hand corner)

Naples is one hour south of Fort Myers, straight down Rt 41  (Tamiami Trail).   It is a very classy town with a zoo, a museum, and an orchestra.  There’s lots of money, expensive cars like Bentleys, and beautiful houses down there, but it is fun to walk around and soak up some of the international flavor of the place.   You can hear multiple languages spoken as you go window shopping along 5th Avenue or 3rd Street.  The stores are fancy-shmancy—you feel like you are on Fifth Avenue in NYC.  You can also walk around and find a condo;  we peered through a metal barrier fence to view one. There was a brochure—it was about $2 million. We passed on that bargain.

There are quite a few good restaurants there.  We had lunch at Cafe Luna at 467 Fifth Avenue.  You can sit outside  (or in) and people watch.  We had salads.  Mine was with Norwegian smoked salmon (it’s just lox)  and garnished with apple slices, strawberries, and asparagus. Eileen had a simple small  Italian salad. The prices were reasonable.  Then we found a  coffee shop where the coffee was great, and you get a cranberry/orange muffin and a chocolate scone, both for the price of one. Eileen ate nothing. She has will power.  I did not eat both. I have will power, but it is very limited.

Naple's Mercantile Exchange (1919) now a restaurant on Fifth Avenue

Naple’s Mercantile Exchange (1919) now a restaurant on Fifth Avenue

Our favorite store there is Tommy Bahama.  He has a mens shop and a women’s shop separated by a restaurant.  I treated myself to a pair of shorts that fit just right, and that’s not a simple thing to find. Eileen bought nothing, so I got off easy.

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