Day 17-23 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Orlando   Leave a comment

Miami/Ft. Lauderdale was exciting. Lifestyles of the rich and famous.

We took a narrated boat cruise and saw the homes of Rosie O’Donnell, Elizabeth Taylor, Owners of PetsMart and Sunglass Hut, Johnnie Weissmuller. Below are some of the mansions we saw. Check out the lower right photo. They even have their own helicopter!

Below left was Al Capone’s house. He used the one in the back and his security used the one in the front. The house on the right can be rented, which they do for models and photography shoots.

I think everyone was drooling as we passed each house, or should I say mansion?

The Jungle Queen Cruise not only showed us beautiful homes, but also provided a wonderful BBQ dinner and show.

The ventriloquist was great. Since we had a honeymooner in the audience, he decided to harass him up on stage. HaHa reminded me of the time Bill was called on stage in Las Vegas.

The city of Miami has an interesting architectural style. Check out the Burger King below.

The old Pan Am building is now the city hall.

Have you ever seen a public pool this beautiful in the middle of a big city?

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was gorgeous.

James Deering, a millionaire, began to plan his house on Biscayne Bay in 1912. He was only able to enjoy several winters there as he died in Sept. 1925. Who was James Deering? In 1902, in a deal brokered by J.P. Morgan, the Deering Harvester Company merged with the McCormick Reaper Company and others to form International Harvester, the largest producer of agricultural machinery in the nation.

The gardens were beautiful. It’s impressive that a bachelor did all of this.

And the view of the Bay was magnificent.

We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with Miami. It is not at all what we expected.

We moved on to Orlando area, home of DisneyWorld, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. Starting out with an ice cream social.

Since Bill and I lived in the area and worked at Disney, we took the time to visit with friends.

We had the best time just “catching up.” We spent the day with Margie and Emmit where we picked some fresh oranges (Emmit owns an orange grove) and some delightful little fruits called “loquats” (not sure of spelling).

We also got some amaryllis from Margie.

Before leaving Orlando, we had dinner and a show at Capone’s.

What a great show they put on. And of course it was St. Patty’s Day.

What a great night!


Posted March 19, 2014 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel

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