Naples, Land of the Wealthy

Well we spent the morning driving to and around Naples. It is only about 20 minutes from the hotel where we’re staying, which is cool since we can drive down there and hang out whenever we want. We went out onto Naples Beach, parking on one of the beach streets near the gigantic many million dollar homes, spending 50 cents to park the car for 20 minutes.

The beach was gorgeous, and you could tell that the people were upscale. Smaller bikinis than yesterday, and two people who had been tanning for about a year solid, it appeared I get tan, but I have to watch it because I can go about 30 minutes before I have to update the sunscreen or suffer a burn. I burn reallt badly if I go without sunscreen or if I let it go too far without putting on more.

We only stayed on the beach long enough to walk down one way and then back, looking at the huge Tuscan-style beach houses. Some had acres of yards with fountains, pools, and probably upwards of 5-6,000 sf. Just way too much house for me, but way cool to look at or even stay for a week with one’s extended family.

The town is nice, but I think a little too upscale for me. I have felt like that before, having enough money to get what I need and live in a nice home, but I still knew I wasn’t good enough and wouldn’t fit into the rest of the crowd. I know it’s not what others think, blah, blah, blah, but those who’ve been there know it really is that way. I’m not into dressing to the nines everywhere I go, and I don’t want to feel like I can’t have a good time and cheer on my team with an outdoor grill and party space. I want to wear my regular clothes, drive my regular car, and go to the beach in my regular swimsuit. I just want to relax. I don’t think I can do that in Naples as much as I can in Bonita Springs.

So, we’ll continue to visit and buy a condo or house at some point. Hopefully sooner than later.

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