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Thanksgiving at the Sunset Inn

Back in Panama City for our annual gathering with our sweet daughter-in-law’s family, we check in at the Sunset Inn on a glorious day in late November. The view that greets us thrills our hearts:

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There aren’t too many people staying at the beach, go figure, it’s Thanksgiving and families are gathering, but this is a GREAT time to be here. We have a full kitchen, so I can still roast my garlic-broccoli, make my Mom’s Cranberry Salad and make the topping for the Soused Apple Cake all while having the door wide open and listening to the waves roaring to the shore. This is one of my happiest places on earth.

These small surf boards give a lot of pleasure on smaller waves:

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I thought I was back in Kuwait, overlooking the family park in Fintas:

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I can see things slipping a little at the Sunset Inn, carpets not being replaced, linens getting thinner from so many washings, small repairs not being made – and I know our days there are numbered. Sigh. What they can’t replace in the personal character of the management – I can run down and beg a couple pieces of tinfoil to cover my broccoli; it is their motel, they manage it personally. There are countless soulless condos and motel rooms in Panama City Beach, but only one Sunset Inn.

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December 6, 2014 - Posted by | Cooking, Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Florida, Food, Interconnected, Living Conditions, Quality of Life Issues, Road Trips, Thanksgiving, Travel, Weather | ,

2 Comments »

  1. where did these hijabi women come from ?

    Comment by daggero | December 12, 2014 | Reply

  2. There is actually a very large Muslim population in the Florida panhandle, stretching from Panama City to Pensacola. We also discovered that there are also a lot of Muslims in the southern part of Louisiana. Some of the best Middle Eastern food we’ve had in the region was in Baton Rouge 🙂 We first discovered this back when our son was getting married; the hotel handles many Muslim weddings, men and women separated. The dentist in Panama City was from Syria. You see a lot of Arabic names among the doctors and dentists in the area. At one time, they even had a club.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 13, 2014 | Reply


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