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Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Trip End Sep 04, 2013


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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Florida, what can I say other than serious wealth, flash cars and big bootie. Miami is huge, like 3 cities in one, every direction you look at another group of highrise. Very hispanic though, a real melting pot of people from Mexico and Central America. Few people speak English in the city and surrounds. We felt at times as though we were not in America. The weather warm and so humid, such a change from where we were a few days earlier, snow and bitter cold. Florida is very lush and green and clean and Miami no different, even the dock area was neat. We spent new years eve at Bayside which is similar to Darling Harbour only with a Spanish feel. Ended back at our hotel which had a cuban club so we partied and danced till 2am. Only two people spoke English and they adopted us for the night. We did our best to dance to the cuban music but I've decided unless you have the big bootie it just doesn't work and unfortunately we fail miserably (flat bottomed people) Some bottoms are so big you could rest your dinner plate on them and when they move its like a life force of it's own.
New Years Day we spent at Miami Beach which was great fun sitting in the cafe people watching, just like a live show!!! The beach had really white sand and was easy to walk on as very flat and underneath the sand was solid limestone packed down like road base. Drove to Key Lago and watched the most beautiful sunset in a cool little bar on the bay. Unfortunately it got too dark to drive to Key West.
Yesterday we did a day trip to The Everglades National Park, it was great to see the sawgrass and all the native animals that live in this environment, so many different birds. It is a really beautiful area with great views out to the islands in the gulf.
Today we drove through the middle of the everglades to Naples, the most beautiful scenic town on the west coast where lots of retirees come to live. So much wealth, it's hard to comprehend.
Headed onto Fort Myers which is another coastal town but less expensive. We met a lovely older couple who sail here each year to spend the winter. It has a city harbour which is very convienent if you are staying on a boat.
Our accommodation in this pristine place is in a tiny shoebox. I told Gary to leave our stuff in the car, no room at the inn!!
Gary is navigating the freeways like a rally driver
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