New Smyrna Beach on January 1 2016
Seems like along time ago that I took this photo. This is a late blog post of a time almost a year past. Look now at this American flag waving in a new year winter sun. That first beautiful day of 2016 feels now, on the cusp of 2017, like a very different world.
DeLand lies inland from the Atlantic ocean and New Smyrna Beach. It has lots of old Florida charm. Main Street is pleasant to walk on a quiet Sunday.
We wandered in the downtown area, poking around in shops featuring art and collectibles.
Displays of some inexplicable and intriguing objects. Random and dreamy.
Desk inspiration here, and a dynamite cup of coffee served in the small cafe out back.
Checkers and chess outside in a peaceful downtown. I think everyone was in Church or enjoying pancakes at home.
Da Vinci Garden Cafe and Bar, an oasis on a quiet Sunday.
Lots of young folks in DeLand seem to be rejuvenating the downtown area and leading a creative and entrepreneurial life.