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Ybor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in Time

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Ybor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in Time

We were.  taking some time in the Tamp FL area while waiting to get on a cruise ship. Driving around we went to a section of town, called Ybor City, that had a lot of resemblance to the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Ybor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in Time

Ybor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in Time

The ornate balconies overlooking the streets are a through back to the European influences so common in New Orleans, only here they would have been more Spanish.

Small shops line the walkways and the most common are cigar shops where they hand role cigars as though they were in Cuba. People will sit a t small tables and puff away and watch the cars and people roll by.

Like New Orleans, small parklets are interspersed within the blocks so that one can enjoy small grass areas. On this day, there were no people within the park, but fowl were aplenty.

Ybor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in TimeYbor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in Time

Chickens are all over the streets and in this park, and there is even a protective group that will come to collect any fowl that may be injured.

It is truly a page out of the old-time towns or villages abroad.

It was a very pleasant few hours appreciating the other side of a major city.

Ybor City, Tampa FL Stepping back in Time


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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, haven't ever seen this area, but does resemble New Orleans French Quarter.

Feb 05, 2023 09:19 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Time to take another sea cruise @EdSilva !

Feb 05, 2023 09:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... never heard of Ybor City... this sounds like a great day trip. Of course, I have no clue when I might next be in Florida.

Feb 05, 2023 09:53 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva What an interesting little town. It really does look like you stepped back in time. Love those trees. Have a great time 

Feb 05, 2023 10:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed looks like you are getting to have some new experiences in this trip.

Feb 05, 2023 12:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

What a fun diversion that must have been. Thanks for taking us along - I've never heard of Ybor City!


Feb 05, 2023 01:02 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You're right about the resemblance to New Orleans, Ed.  Had you not told us, I wouldn't have known it wasn't.

Feb 05, 2023 02:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Feb 05, 2023 02:14 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I had not even heard of Ybor City until reading this post.  Seems like an interesting place though.

Feb 06, 2023 04:10 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for sharing your travels and your photographs.

Enjoy your cruise..

Feb 06, 2023 05:20 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

sounds like a nice part of the city with a slower pace. I love those second floor balconies - don't seem the as much up north 

Feb 06, 2023 11:01 AM