Miami/Ft. Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Day 18-20

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

We took 2 narrated boat cruises and saw the homes of Rosie O’Donnell, Elizabeth Taylor, Owners of PetsMart and Sunglass Hut, Johnnie Weismiller.

Below are some of the mansions we saw.

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?

Tonight happened to be St. Patty’s Day!

The Jungle Queen Cruise not only showed us beautiful homes, but also provided a wonderful BBQ dinner and show, starting out with the Blues Brothers.

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.

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.

Our lunch stop was at Bayside Marketplace, which is a beautiful mall on the water, with a HUGE banyan tree.

Many ate lunch at Bubba Gump’s. Wes sat down and reminisced about his life, which like a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re gonna get..

Continuing our bus tour after lunch, we were all in awe of this beautifully tree lined street.

The owner of this house with a coral yard; no grass to cut.

And look at this beautiful house MADE of coral.

We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with Miami. It is not at all what we expected. Until we made our way home in the rush hour traffic….

Once home, we had a travel briefing and social where we played our dice game.

It’s always a hoot to watch how creative the guests can be.

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Posted March 22, 2016 by carolnbill in Travel

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