Wandering Around Miami

 

Friday, 1/4/08, Miami

We got ourselves up and ready around 9:50, and the hotel was still serving breakfast.  We had Belgian waffles which we made on our own, sausage patties, scrambled eggs and enjoyed that in our room along with the hardough bread and milk.  The hotel also had croissants, bagels, cereal, and hot cocoa that we didn’t indulge in.

Miami Children Museum

Our first stop was the Miami Children Museum.  There are various interactive exhibits as well as a rock climbing wall (extra charge of $3, but buy1, get 1 free with our special coupon that came with our Go Card). 

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Exhibits included one where we could play newsanchor or meterologist at a TV station and another where we learned about proper nutrition and dental hygiene.  We spent about three hours in the museum, which was enough time to look and play with all the exhibits.  There were several groups of children on field trips, so it took longer to go through the museum.

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There is a Subways inside the museum, but we didn’t eat there.  We drove to South Beach and ate at Puerto Sagua, one of the oldest Cuban restaurant in Miami. The service was brusque. We picked out a table as instructed by the posted sign but had to wait for a busser to clean up the table vacated by another party, and 10 minutes later, a server gave us the menus.  Another server took our orders.  We were starving because it was about 2:30 by now, and the bread was being baked, so that came with our entrees about 20 minutes later.We ordered three entrees:  a Spanish-style ground beef that came with rice, black beans, and fried plantains, roasted chicken with rick balck beans and fried plantains, and broiled salmon with rice and salad. 

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My favorite was the ground beef dish, even though it had an overabundance of green olives whose flavor overwhelmed the dish, but the sauce and ground beef went nicely with the rice.  The chicken was a little dry even though it was dark meat.

We walked around South Beach a little more before moving on to our next attraction, Jungle Island.  We were greeted by beautiful colorful parrots as we entered the park.  Basically, it’s a small zoo with large variety of animals such as ligers, orangutans, and reptiles.

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Afterwards, we went to take a boat tour in Biscayne Bay and saw many of the houses we already saw from the Duck Tour, except it was the nighttime version. 

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After our boat ride, we were really hungry, so we went to the mall where the boat docked and ate at their food court.

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We shared a couple of dishes and got a side dish of veggies because… that was the right thing to do.  After our late dinner… we watched all the places shut down… we returned to the hotel.

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