Tarpon Springs, Florida, A Pocketfull of Greeks
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Tarpon Springs, Florida, A Pocketfull of Greeks

If you are interested in culture or in subcultures existing in ideal tranquility, you should visit the idyllic City of Tarpon Springs located on the upper gulf coast of Florida between Palm Harbor and Holiday in Florida. You will find Tarpon Springs to be a Greek City beyond your normal Chinatown subcultures that are usually given as examples of subcultures existing in The United States. The comparison is given since Chinatown is usually an extended boardwalk of Chinese merchants with their homes and places of worship enjoined. In Tarpon Springs, the entire City is Greek

If you are interested in culture or in subcultures existing in ideal tranquility, you should visit the idyllic City of Tarpon Springs located on the upper gulf coast of Florida between Palm Harbor and Holiday in Florida.  You will find Tarpon Springs to be a Greek City beyond your normal Chinatown subcultures that are usually given as examples of subcultures existing in The United States.  The comparison is given since Chinatown is usually an extended boardwalk of Chinese merchants with their homes and places of worship enjoined.  In Tarpon Springs, the entire City is Greek.  Here is a picture of Tarpon Springs from the eyes of a visitor as she approaches the City.

From alternate 19 highway one soon sees the City as a Floridian small town with small plazas providing services like grocery stores, restaurants and pawn shops.  As one enters the City one sees on the left what must have been a Fort with the usual arches and numerous doors.  On the right one sees a small brick house that has a sign on the front grass citing that it is the City Hall of Tarpon Springs.  As one continues, on the right down from Tarpon City Hall, one comes upon a church that is called St. Nicholas Cathedral.  It is a Greek bastion of their religion or the official religion of Greece, Greek Orthodoxy. 

One can enter the church whenever one desires since it is tourist friendly.  The doors are open from morning to late afternoon.  The Church has typical Greek verandas often found in Churches in Greece.  It is the main attraction of Tarpon Springs, Florida.  The rest exists to keep those who see to the needs of the church financially alive. 

Behind the church there is a street that is lined on both sides with antique shops the like of which you are not likely to find anywhere else in the entire world let alone Florida.  Through one of the antique shops, one is taken to an undercover mall that also has shops, restaurants(Greek, of course) and antique book stores.  This antique lovers extravaganza is enough to set many of your antique seekers packing your bags and making for the most outrageous antique setting, the side street of St. Nicholas Cathedral in prosaic Tarpon Springs in Florida.

If you manage to escape from the tantalizing deals offered by the antiquities on sale, you can continue down alternate 19 past the Cathedral and find to the left of the last remaining stop light another tourist habitat peculiar only to Tarpon Springs known as The Sponge Docks.  What can you not find at The Sponge Docks?  Since that is a question and I am asking it, there is very little that you can't find at the Docks.  You can take a boat ride and see authentic sponge divers.  You can eat at more than a billion (well maybe 10 to 20 Greek restaurants) eateries.  You can find souvenirs that you are not likely to find anywhere else on the planet except for Greece and the islands at that. 

You should visit Tarpon Springs when in Florida and take a chance at getting impressed by what is actually inside of the small town facade that is called Tarpon Springs, Florida.

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