Miami

Hola Amigos!

At the time of this writing we are in the beautiful city of Miami. We are staying at an Airbnb just off Calle Ocho aka 8th Street or Tamiami Trail or Highway 41. Lot’s of local Cuban and Latin American and a few Italian restaurants along Calle Ocho as well as signs in Spanish advertising all types of businesses, reminds us of when traveling in Costa Rica. Compared to the midwest, Miami has a very international feel with lots of friendly energy emanating from all quarters.

On our way to Miami, we made a few stops in the Everglades National Park. It’s a place that we want to spend more time exploring and learning more about especially since about 80% of it is gone. Here are a couple of photos that I took of the wildlife. For those interested in birdwatching, it’s a great place to see a large variety and quantity of birds.

During our stay in Miami we did some of the tourist stuff. Below is a photo I took when we were eating lunch at the Bayside Marketplace on the Miami Harbor. The clouds were beautiful and a nice contrast to the high rise buildings.

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After some shopping and lollygagging around, we took “The Millionaires” harbor tour. This photo was taken from the back of the boat as we traveled the channel away from the city. There were two huge cruise boats in the harbor preparing the head out to sea. We saw some very fabulous mansions and some had huge yachts to go along with them. A bit of factoid, the largest and most expensive house was built and owned by Dr. Phillip Frost who made his billions in the pharmaceutical business. The house is valued at over $50 million, I guess that’s how the .1% lives!

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Later on we made the trek over to Miami Beach and South Beach. This part of Miami has a great vibe with a lot of people recreating on the beach. It looks like a great vacation destination with nice white sand beaches. The only downside is parking!

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This is South Beach after dark. The art deco hotels with their lights and outdoor cafes and bars are great fun for people watching. Here’s a photo of the famous Clevelander Hotel, I’m told that the view from the top floor is spectacular.

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On another day, we visited the famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. It’s worth a half day visit, I recommend going early as it does get warm wandering the gardens and the crowds are smaller. The breeze off Biscayne Bay provided us some nice relief from the 82 degree day, not that we are complaining! For our friends in the business of agriculture, this estate was built by James Deering who with his father and brother founded the Deering Harvester Company. After merging with McCormick Reaper Company it became International Harvester, maker of all types of agricultural and construction equipment. The estate was build to look old as Deering was a fan of European art, architecture and landscaping.

So consider a visit to Miami, it has a lot to offer and it’s relatively easy to get around. Well folks, that will do it for this week’s post. When you read this we’ll be exploring Cuba so watch for at least a couple of posts on our adventures.

Til later,

Tom