Speedwalkin’ through Miami’s Best


Saturday, 1/5/08, Miami 

Of course it didn’t help that we got a slow start in the morning… a nice and warm morning, I might add.  No more 55 degrees here!

First we went to the Vizcaya Museum and Garden.  This beautiful home was the winter retreat of industrialist James Deering who lived here in the 1910’s and 1920’s.  Due to the harsh weather, the grounds had deteriorated but were slowly remodeled over time.  The docent led us on a 45-minute tour of the home and gardens, talking about all the different rooms, the owners’ eccentric behavior as well as the intricateness of how the house was made. 


There was a small coffee shop, but it didn’t sell any substantial food, although I was eyeing the popsicles.  Because we had two more attractions to go, we took some photos and quickly left to visit the Miami Science Museum and Planetarium.


We were there for about two hours, but we could have stayed longer if we weren’t in a hurry – I’m ALWAYS in a hurry!  There was an exhibit showing dinosaur fossils collected in China.  I didn’t know there were dinosaurs in China!  To keep the children engaged, volunteer would stamp the kids’ brochures after they’ve walked around the exhibit and could answer questions asked to them. 


Since there was no food here either, we went back towards our hotel and stopped off at Pollo Tropical.  We ate chicken and ribs, the combo mambo, which came with 3 rolls, and beans and rice.  It was actually quite good considering we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into.


After “lunch” we went to the Miami Seaquarium.  The “Seaquarium” part threw me off because I was expecting an aquarium like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but what we got was “Sea World.” 

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We stayed until the last whale show and saw the fireworks show.  This was the last night for fireworks, and it was a very nice unplanned bonus to a wonderful day in Miami.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. cz_scrap
    Jul 18, 2008 @ 07:14:00

    What a great trip-yousaw and did so much! Made me feel guilty about our trip-we just sat on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale-I tried to get the family to go on the water taxi tour, but I think everyone was just so wiped out from the last few weeks at home, all they wanted to do was relax.I love your restraunt and food descriptions-I think cause I do all the meal planning and cooking, eating out is one of the best parts of vacation!!!


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