Tuesday, January 19, 2010


This weekend I went to Miami for no other reason than it was going to be warmer, sunnier, and less depressing than another cold, rainy, winter weekend in Atlanta. I love Atlanta, but the winters here are very rainy and this one has been especially cold (often just as cold as upstate NY). Anyway, I stayed in Miami only for about 32 hours, but it was a nice little getaway. When I first got there, I had to stop at a yarn shop, of course. The Knitting Garden in Coral Gables was a cute little shop which was packed when I got there on Saturday afternoon. They have a great selection of yarns, even some yarns I hadn't heard of (I knew the manufacturer's but not those specific yarns). I ended up getting just a couple skeins of one such yarn: Malabrigo hand-dyed and handspun yarn. I don't even see this yarn in the Ravelry database yet.

Next, I went to South Beach where they were holding the Art Deco Festival. There were so many art deco buildings and hotels, including the Park Central Hotel where I ate dinner that night. The Casablanca Restaurant had pretty good (but not great) service but also amazing crab legs and herbed veggies.

flamingo and lights in front of a south beach club

the park central hotel and casablanca restaurant

The next day, I went to Bayside Marketplace, where I took a little boatride to see Millionaire's Row (and basically so I could see Miami from the water). Some of the highlights of the ride were seeing the very exclusive Fisher's Island where many famous people have condos including Tom Cruise, Oprah, Janet Jackson, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez. We also saw various mansions/summer homes including those owned by Rosie O'Donnell, Will Smith, Gloria Estefan, and Julio Iglesias.

Bayside itself was basically a cross between an outdoor mall (with stores like the Gap) and a souvenir marketplace (similar but far less busy than one I had been to in Cancun several years ago). I ate at a restaurant called Mambo Cafe which had great mahi mahi and boiled yuca.

the scarface mansion

cruise ship alley

house in usher and shakira's videos

fisher island

Later that day, I went over to Coconut Grove, FL which I found completely by accident. It was a cute little area with shops and restaurants.

cocowalk in coconut grove

That was about it. It was a short trip, but very nice to get out of town if even for a weekend...

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