Friday, February 24, 2017

Miami: The Journey Begins

January 26, 2017

A travel day. Getting to the airport was a bit hairy as our limo service from home to the San José airport failed. But we made it finally and landed in Miami in late afternoon. Day one.

January 27, 2017
 With the first meeting of our Road Scholar group scheduled for 4:00 PM, we had the day to do with as we saw fit. We decided on a city tour, which was arranged for us by Raul Espinosa, the Doubletree hotel concierge and one of those helpful people who seem to know everyone and everything. Sadly, I do not remember the name of our tour guide, but she was a Cuban-American raised in Germany in a military family. The itinerary took us through a number of areas and neighborhoods, the most notable of which were Goral Gables, Little Havana and Miami Beach for Art Deco, something we had seen on our visit last year, but were happy to see again

Coral Gables

This domino park, exactly what the name implies, was a gathering place. We did not see much in Cuba like it, but it seems to reflect the emigre culture.

Our (nameless) guide. Everyone in Little Havana seemed to know her. Trained as an electronic engineer, she prefers to work with people.

Club Ocho (for 8th Street), captures the spirit of Little Havana.

This place seemed more outta the Keys

Miami Beach Art Deco

The Pelican, of course, even if misspelled, at least for my purposes

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