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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Travel: Tarpon Springs Photo Diary

On an uncharacteristically cold day for Florida, my best friend and I decided to drive over to Tarpon Springs. Tarpon Springs is located on the west coast of Florida and was once known as the "Sponge Capital of the World" in the first half of the 1900s.

The sponge docks of Tarpon Springs started in 1890 when it was realized that sponging in the local waters could be profitable. Experienced divers from Greece were brought in and the community grew. Unfortunately, in 1946, a red algae bloom wiped out the sponges and by the time they recovered, synthetic sponges were cheaper.

The community still has a small sponge industry and Greek heritage is very much alive in the docks' museum, shops, and restaurants. We spent most of the day meandering through its shops and stuffing ourselves with delicious Greek food while admiring the murals about Greece and Tarpon Springs.

The shops offered all types of different sponges - they were literally everywhere. Another thing that Tarpon Springs sells a lot of is - soap. Shops were filled with soaps made of olive oil, goat's milk, and shea and they all smelled of different heavenly scents. I ended up buying a goat's milk soap that smelled like lemongrass with a sponge attached.


  1. i remember seeing sponges being sold on the streets in greece but passed by them not giving them a second thought! this is so cool that you got to visit this sponging community. i need to visit next time i'm in florida :)

    1. That's probably because you were too busy looking at all the other gorgeous things in Greece! The sponges they have are incredibly diverse and are used for all different kinds of things. Definitely do! And make sure you take the time to stuff yourself with delicious Greek food!


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