In Bradenton and Anna Maria Islands

My "Vwayaj" to Anna Maria Island

After a nice wedding on June 30th, we decided to start our honeymoon trip at Anna Maria Island, a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast that is well known for its broad beaches. We rented a great car, and drove to Bradenton to spend the night so we can go to Anna Maria the next morning.
Bradenton is a Florida city on the Manatee River, south of Tampa.
We arrived to the city around 6pm and we quickly settled in to our hotel because we wanted to go to the pier for sunset. The pier was walking distance to the hotel we stayed at which we were happy about. At the pier we found a fancy restaurant where we had dinner while admiring the beautiful sunset. While waiting for the sunset, a boat came with more than 20 people in it partying and dancing. Cool, a party boat! It was really nice to see how happy they were, how they were singing and how they could forget for an instant their fears, their doubts, their sadness. In that moment they chose to live their lives to the fullest. And I also really wanted to enjoy like them. Sadly, the boat left. Now, we focused on the sunset again as we lived in our moment.
After enjoying the food, we left the restaurant and walked a street that happened to be right in the middle of the downtown area. As we walked, we noticed  so many churches, of different denominations and architectures but all so distinctly beautiful. One of them look so much like the Saint-Marc's cathedral, a coastal town in Haiti where we are both from. We stopped and snapped some pictures, for the memory books.
At around 10pm, everything was winding down, like it was about to be curfew time. The streets were emptying, and the traffic getting lighter. A cold breeze urged us to walk faster back to the hotel. 
The next morning, we ate our breakfast early so we could get a head start to Anna Maria, we had heard that it could get crowded on the road there. It took us about 20 minutes driving with a slowdown to get there. We parked fairly close to one of the beaches and instantly knew that we wouldn't regret our trip there. Each of the 3 island piers has something different, something wild to offer. The views were amazing. If you want to stay longer there, bring your beach umbrella for the sun and enjoy the sands. 
When it was time to leave Anna Maria, I felt a little sadness in my wife's eyes. We had to leave because we had a long drive to Saint-Mary in Georgia. We planned on hitting two nearby islands, Cumberland in Georgia and Amelia back in Florida. But first, cruise down the highway singing and telling jokes, staying awake to see as many sights as possible. Our adventure continues! 

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