I woke up early this morning, as my beautiful body (!) adjusts back to west coast time. Mr. Wonderful and I just returned from a short, warm weather get-away, to South Beach, Florida.
I love the Cuban flavor of the culture. My favorite area was sort of a “little Cuba”, where we ate twice, at a restaurant called Cuba 1957.
Another favorite dining destination was the BLT Restaurant, within the Betsy Ross Hotel, on Ocean Avenue. The hotel itself is one of the prettiest there, and the restaurant is wonderful! We had dinner there twice, because we couldn’t get into Joe’s Crab Shack, one night, which is a historical favorite, in the area.
There is a great park along the beach, next-door to the timeshare that we stayed at. Here, you can rent bikes. We did this on a couple of occasions and really loved it. The terrain is flat and the sidewalks are wide. The only thing missing was a bike lane. I came close to mowing down a few inebriated bystanders, but otherwise enjoyed riding along the water!
As we drove along the marina, we fantasized about taking off on one of these little boats!
Another highlight of the week, was to join our dear friends, Gale and Glen, who live in Coconut Grove (paradise), for the day. Their home is filled with visitors, this time of year and they are the perfect hosts and tour guides! You can always plan to do the unexpected, with these two!
Since the weather did not cooperate on that day, instead of going out on their boat, we toured some of the galleries and shops around town. Art by God was filled with natural beauties, all for sale!
I would never make it, on an African safari! These animals are so beautiful, there’s no way I could ever kill one.
I did love the sign they had, warning shoppers. What do you think about a sign like this for The Treasured Home?
All in all, it was a great week! It’s so nice to warm your body in the sun and soak up some vitamin D!
I’ll be back at the shop for the weekend, before heading off to the Las Vegas Market, returning Wednesday. I’ll be on the look-out for special hostess gifts, and charming, yet affordable home accessories.
There’s also a “cash & carry” area, where you can take your purchases with you. The last market I went to, had some great Indian sari textiles, that are popular at the shop. If you have a chance, come see what’s new, next weekend!