One couple, one boat, one plan: to travel from Portland Oregon, through the Panama Canal, around the Yucatan, and through the Great Loop of the United States. With little experience, a commercial grade life raft and more than enough fuel to make it to scene of the crash they begin their journey. What's to come next no one knows but if we stay tuned we'll be sure to find out...
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
12/03/2012 VIZCAYA AND SOUTH BEACH
FROM THE ELEGANCE OF VIZCAYA TO THE TRENDY OPPULANCE OF SOUTH BEACH
A total day of play for Garth, Kathy, Dan and me!We even took Zeke for an overnighter at The
where he could swim in a dog bone shaped pool and cavort with other doggie
Our first stop was the incredible Vizcaya Museum and Gardens(www.VizcayaMuseum.org) in on the Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove
area of Miami.This Renaissance styled
villa was commissioned by industrialist James Deering of International
Harvester as his winter home in which he took refuge from the harsh realities
of the business world from 1916 until his death in 1925.The 10 acre formal gardens are laid out and
manicured to perfection.We saw several
young Cuban girls having photo sessions for their quince anos, or
celebration of her fifteenth birthday.This ceremony represents her transitioning to a young woman.
A AFTERNOON AT VIZCAYA
After our tour of Vizcaya we made our way to Miami’s famed
South Beach, the place to see-and-be-seen.Since its beginning, South Beach has been inhabited by many of the rich
and famous.President Harding stayed at
the Flamingo Hotel, Jackie Gleason broughthis weekly variety show here for taping in 1964, it has been a center
for illicit drug activities and during the 80’s it became a haven for those
white-haired retirees on a fixed income.Today the streets are lined with trendy restaurants and shops.Luckily a portion of South Beach has been
placed on the National Register of Historic Places and many of its Art Deco
building are being preserved.