Behold the beautiful City of Tampa – also called Big Guava and Cigar City! It’s biggest export though is phosphate, the raw material for fertilizer. About 5 years ago, we visited my wife’s cousin who is an engineer in a cargo ship and we saw the ship being loaded with tons of phosphate. Tampa is a cool city in a hot State of Florida. It’s temperature never goes up over 100. What is even cooler is the fact that air conditioner was invented in Tampa. It’s one of the 4 most desired cities to live in. It’s about 2 hours from Orlando.
Its main highway, the I-275 N and S, I have frequented in the past. While on it, I always thought of one day take a photo of its downtown. Last Sunday, an opportunity came. How I stumbled on the bridge where I took this photo from was shared in my post on Davis Islands. I owe it to that photographer who showed me some of his photos. He had a similar photo to the one I featured above. His though appeared closer and bigger for he must have cropped it.
A big construction is going on in the above mentioned highway. Actually it’s been going on for a while maybe 2 years or so. It is a big headache to one who commutes to this city daily. There seems to be road construction everywhere in Florida. This is what I like about our State. Our roads are well-maintained and new ones are being built all the time. Perhaps the absence of snow in winter also contributes to the lifespan of the road. I remember back in NJ, almost after every winter, there were a lot of potholes on the road.
After I’ve learned that Tampa is one of the 4 most desired cities to live in, it makes me wonder why I don’t live there. Anyway, if you happen to be in Florida, do visit Tampa. The Busch Gardens, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Rays are there.