Drum Roll Please….

So…here I am, finally able to participate in Norm’s Thursday Doors famous regular prompt. Some blogging friends have been doing it for awhile and I just never caught the right door or found the energy on a Thursday evening to get my own post ready in time.

Now I feel almost giddy at being able to join in the fun. 👏🏻

There are many seaside cities and towns along the Florida coastline, some historic and famous while others might fall into the historically infamous category.  One certainty is that every one has its own unique flavor.

New Smyrna Beach may not seem like a happening place but it has some great shops, fun night spots, beautiful beaches, wonderful food (ask me about The Garlic ) and lots of local talent.

Fortunately for us, it is a short drive-or if you prefer the scenic route-the Water Taxi. We recently chose this mode of transportation-a relaxing, breezy ride which makes pit stops at several venues between Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna, allowing those on board to get off, collect a drink and reboard, or stay and enjoy food and/or shopping along the way. The taxi makes the rounds several times before its final dropoff back at Down the Hatch in Ponce Inlet, just in time for sunset. We chose to stay in New Smyrna for awhile and walk down Flagler Avenue, where there are plenty of shops, food, bars and parks to keep one busy until time to make the trip back down to the pier for the return trip. If you choose to stay longer, maybe squeeze in a beach visit, just take the ealiest ride and return on the last run!


We love the Banyan trees found in Florida and can never resist slipping in for a bit of shade and photos.


We caught the taxi here, at Down the Hatch, and it was our final destination as well. . They make amazing fish sandwiches and hush puppies!


Now….where was I? Oh yes! On our way to Flagler Tavern , one of the ‘must visit’ restaurant/bars in New Smyrna, we passed a dozen gift and art shops, including one that I cannot even recall the name or type of venue because I was too enthralled by the door. Simply done, it expresses my heart when it comes to matters of the ocean. So, without further ado, Here is my Thursday Door!



Isn’t she grand? 

Oh, and we made it back in time for the sunset,  just a bit further up the road.


Happy Thursday!

33 thoughts on “Drum Roll Please….

  1. Hey! So glad to read Thursday Doors post by you. I always read and enjoy Dan’s work, but I must tell you did a great job. The pictures are super and you look great under that banyan tree shade. Hoping to read more door posts of yours.


    1. Hi Sharukh! Thanks. I have wanted to join the prompt for awhile but just couldn’t get it together. I have had some interesting doors too. But when I snapped the mermaid, well I knew I had to buck up and just do it.

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      1. I wanted to do it as well, but I don’t want to do a one time post so I dropped the plan. My posts are not as regular as you guys. Sometimes I write 4 in a month, sometimes 1 in four months.


      2. Well I may not be able to do the Doors weekly although I am going to try at least for awhile. I think you could do as many or as few as you would like. I imagine there are some magnificent doors there. But I do understand that as a content writer you are already doing so much.

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  2. Hello Cheryl and welcome to Thursday Doors! Thanks for sharing your lovely mermaid door this week.
    Please don’t forget to swing by and add your link to our link-up list to make it easier for others to find this. Just look for the blue “froggie” button near the bottom of my post – cheers!


  3. Ah your water taxi trip sounds divine! You look great under the Banyan tree.

    The Garlic sounds amazing! I want to take a water taxi there, and eat! I wonder if they get their garlic from Gilroy, CA. Which is nick-named “The Garlic Capitol of the World”. Just 12 miles down the road from me.
    I’m sending the link to my Mom to see if she’s been there yet? Or even taken a water taxi?

    Well, you sure picked a great door, and theme for your first post on Thursday Doors!

    I’m looking forward to many more!


      1. Heard from Mom. No, she hasn’t been there, but said, “The garlic appetizer looks good as does the steak and mussels shown in the video. ”

        She also said it’s about 3.5 hours from there house, but would be a good place to try when visiting Kennedy Space Center. Which they do once a year at least!


      2. I have yet to get there to visit and would love to! What city do they live in? Even my husband will eat the garlic appetizer and he is not a fan of a lot of it at once. Their roasting technique removes the bitterness and draws out the sweet flavor.

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  4. Whoa! I have never ever heard of such a thing! And here it is…Thursday Doors. Well that’s all right. I’m definitely gonna join in this one. And dweezer! There you are under a Banyan tree! Well, this a great post.

    My wife and I are headed to Japan in November. I’m definitely gonna look for some great doors and send the pics on. Thank you so much for posting and sharing.

    Central Florida looks terrific. Don’t know when we’ll get down that way, so for now I’ll just sit back and enjoy your excellent pictures. 🙂


    1. The great thing about the prompt is that it is open from Thursday am to Sat noon. So you have a window of opportunity. I love doors! I look forward to seeing what you find in Japan. Wishing you and your wife safe travels and a great vacation. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks Mary. Did you click on the link? We love it there. Amazing Italian food, bread, steaks and ambiance. Christmas is a lot of fun. There are semi outdoor sections built around trees with fireplaces going. Now they have a separate bar with lighter fare for Happy Hour and overflow too. Best Osso Buco!

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  5. Let me be the first to welcome you to Thursday Doors, Cheryl. That is an amazing door! I have only ever taken a water taxi in New York, from Point-A to Point-B – yours sounds like much more fun. It’s a good think I saw this email when I did. I am going to a restaurant tonight for a business meeting, but I happen to know they serve Hush Puppies. and now I need me some Hush Puppies. They won’t be as good as the ones you had, but I can lie to myself.


    1. Haha! I know what you mean. Just talking about them makes me drool. I hope the ones you have are tasty. Thanks for the welcome. It is such a fun thing to do. These guys actually serve light drinks, like beer, wine and premixed margaritas and pina coladas. We enjoyed the afternoon. Grat way to cooloff too! Next time you are in central FL you know where to go! 👍🏻

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