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CHRISTMAS DAY 2008 IN NAPLES FLORIDA!

December 25th, 2008

Hello everyone

Today we are officially launching our site NaplesTouristCenter.com. We still have some tweaking to do, but hopefully you and I and all of the rest of us who love this community will see this site as an information source to which we can continually turn to promote the good things about Naples.

I had a conversation with a couple at Campiello’s restaurant on Christmas Eve. They were taking a break from the relatives in for the season and talking about their lives. The wife was from Buffalo, New York orginally and the husband from Boston. They actually met in Naples several years back though mutual friends and now have a young child that they are going to be putting into the school system this next year. Probably at St. Ann’s. The mother was lamenting the fact that it wasn’t cold enough to be Christmas and even though I told her it snows on Thursdays during the season on 3rd Street South, she said that just wasn’t enough. (For the unitiated, our snow is courtesy of snow machines located under the street lights.) But she didn’t want me to get her comments wrong. She wasn’t complaining about the winter season here. She just wanted to be teleported for ONE day to a cold spot just for Christmas festivities and teleported back.

Okay, seems like a reasonable request if for no other reason than to return with an appreciation for the “coolness” of our warm town.

My daughter Courtney and her husband David Sharifie have just moved back to Naples from California. They both grew up here and could not wait to leave because Naples in their words back then was soooo boring. Two years later, they are back by choice and lo and behold, hmmmm, Naples wasn’t so bad after all. No doubt distance makes the heart grow fonder.

So enough of all this community adulation, though I would like to end this short initial post by saying that I’ve traveled all 50 states of America. I’ve been on Oprah, the Today show, Donny and Marie, CNN, The View, etc. etc about my travels through all 50 states (three times in my life, yikes!), and at the end of it all — at the end of meeting some of the very greatest, very coolest people in America (and by the way, I should point out that the couple I met at Campiello’s emphasized THEIR coolness and I could certainly see that) — Naples is where I chose to move and rear my family and relaunch my careers of travel writing and real estate. And so there you have it.

If you have some great pictures of Naples, we’d be glad to post them. If you want to tell me some cool stories of Naples, bring ‘em on. If you want us to add some categories, let us know. Hey let’s make this site a celebration of our town (You qualify in calling Naples your town, even if you are just a visitor because you most likely carry our town in your heart) — and let’s make the lives we lead here the envy of the world!

Yours in the holiday season

Marlene GrahamĀ  (marlenegraham@earthlink.net)