Thursday, June 13, 2013

This morning we had strong winds here at the dock and Ralph wanted to turn the boat around so we would not have difficulty getting off the dock on Saturday.  A few men on the dock helped us which was wonderfully helpful for me since I have to really baby this shoulder now.

It poured rain in the early afternoon and when it cleared and the sun came out, we took a ride across the bridge to Brigantine.  It was interesting to see that a new walkway -- not a boardwalk, but rather cement -- has been erected along the beach and it really is nice.  It provides a great place for people to sit with a lovely view of the ocean.  The Brigantine Inn has been made into a time-share facility.  April learned to swim there one summer about 40 years ago.  That pool is now an indoor facility.  We walked inside the elegant lobby which contains many beautiful Tiffany lamps and fixtures.  It brought back lots of memories.

We had dinner tonight with April, Matt and Aaron at La Pizza Tega, one of our favorite restaurants in Linwood, where we used to live.  It was fun getting together but a bit somber  actually saying good-bye, as we will not see them again before we leave early Saturday morning.

Here are a few of today's photos:

The Brigantine Inn which is now a time-share

The former outdoor pool where April learned to swim years ago is now an indoor pool

Circa 1927

Brigantine Inn's beautiful lobby

I remembered the Tiffany lamps and fixtures

One of the large Tiffany fixtures

Memorabelia art

Brigantine Inn lobby

The spacious entryway porch

The Laguna Grill adjacent to the Inn

Wooden flooring and tables on the beach at Laguna Grill

New cement walkway runs about a mile down the beach

Pirate's Den - a Brigantine icon

Fragrant roses in Gardners Basin

The original Steel Pier diving bell

Say Good-Bye at Gardners Basin

The Children's Garden

The Sundial

The little sailboat filled with flowers beside the aquarium

Ralph, me, Aaron, April, Matt at La Pizza Tega

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