What I miss most about central New England is the diversity and excitement of a big city lifestyle: our old neighborhood was less than an hour’s commute to Boston via car or public transit and if we wanted something bigger, NYC was an inexpensive 3.5 hour busride away :arrow: faster on days we didn’t value our lives and took the Fung Wah, but I digress!
Yesterday I told you we spent the weekend on Miami’s South Beach, and by the end of this post I’m sure you’ll agree:
On Sunday, Maxine’s serves Jazz with coffee:
The other 24hr place is The Red Cafe, with seating in the lobby
And outside on informal comfortable couches:
Off the lobby we spied the cutest place to relax after our Saturday shopping marathon:
See the white curtained area in the back? That’s actually a queen size bed The hotel had them everywhere in the common areas, especially poolside:
There was a second pool (with full bar) on the rooftop, also ringed with beds but you’ll have to take my word for it only a wierdo perv takes pictures of people lounging in/on beds ;) Instead, I took photos of the rooftop view:
Lest you think we never left the hotel…nay…nay!!! South Beach shopping is akin to Olympic level sport, and Maggie and I are nothing if not well-trained!! ;) Within an hour of our arrival we set out for Lincoln Road, South Beach’s answer to 5th Ave or Rodeo Drive. From Allsaints-Spitalfields to Zara, every high-end shop you can imagine is represented along this gorgeous open-air mall with sidewalk cafes and manicured parks:
We found a Farmer’s Market where Maggie bought some unusual ethnic spices and teas!
But even here among the upper crust are signs of the Great Recession:
We did our part for the economy, shopping at Lucky, Express, Rainbow, and a beach outfitters shop called Wings
Armed with my new waterproof beach wallet, we set off for the sand. Along the way, Maggie took a rest in a floating ”egg”
As we approached the beach, the weather was cloudy with a chance of doom:
We knew we couldn’t stay long….just long enough to snap these pics:
You might say we got a little wet!
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