Friday, January 11, 2013

Tennis Ladies Brunch at Tampa Wat Mongkolratanaram

We go to Florida in the fall and again in the spring to spend time with our snowbird and Florida friends.  Events get organized quickly.  One Friday afternoon while listening to the weekly musical jam session at the Butt Hutt, someone decided to organize a Sunday morning jaunt to the local Tampa Thai Buddhist Temple: Wat Mongkolratanaram for brunch.  It was ladies only.  Meet at the tennis courts at 10:30 for rides.

Seeing Wat Mongkolratanaram immediately took me back to Bangkok, Thailand. The first time I was there we spent a day riding the local ferry boats on the Chao Phraya River from Wat to Wat.  They were all so different and beautiful.  I especially remember the one with the long reclining Buddha and dropping coins into 99 bowls behind him.  This Thai Buddhist Temple is very much like those you would find in Bangkok.

This was Sunday December 2, 2012.  It was an incredibly beautiful day with temperatures in the high 70's.  It took us a while to wander under the pavilion to figure out what we wanted to eat.

We had great views of the Palm River as we ate our delicious Thai food at the picnic tables.

We were invited to see the inside of the temple.  There was a beautiful gong I wanted to strike three times.

It was a lovely brunch with great friends - thanks to Anice: