Hello everyone
Well I finally had a moment to sit back and compile a bunch of the random photos that I took on my trip to Miami Beach last week. Most of these photos were taken with my ‘street’ camera the Fuji x100.

I am going to try to post a bunch of the pictures and then tell a little bit about them as well. Some I will highlight and some I will just be grouping together and you can look through them as you want.

WARNING: I am not claiming these photos to be anything amazing, haha. They were just fun ‘tourist’ images as I was roaming around. Some I really like, but most were just quick snaps for fun.

Hotel

So I actually stayed at two different hotels. The couple put me up in a great hotel for two of my nights, and then I figured I would switch hotels for the second part of my trip to experience two different areas. The first hotel was the Dorchester on Collins Ave.  It was a very nice hotel that had a nice outdoor sitting area. It was also host to one of the art exhibits. The time that I was there in miami it was the time that they were having their large arts festival: Art Basel. Of course this added to a lot of fun in my off time to be able to go around and look at some pretty amazing pieces of art work. This hotel of the two, actually ended up being the quieter of the two. It was also a ‘nicer’ part of town. Now that sounds weird since the second hotel was a lot closer to places like Ocean Drive and some of the bigger shops. However I found the second location was a lot ‘rougher’ part of town.

The second hotel was the Chesterfield Suites. This hotel was also on Collins but a lot further south and closer to Ocean Drive action. It was really nice in that the rooms were much larger, and had a lot of ‘style’ to them. Some people did not like the purple and green walls, but I thought it was interesting as it is not something that you see very often. I am all about different!

Check the slideshow for some photos from the Chesterfield Suites:

Lincoln Road – Shopping

Lincoln road shops (outdoor mall) was pretty much a nightly stop. It was a looonggg walk but everything was since I didn’t have a car there. So each night, depending on which hotel I was at, I would walk a half mile to a mile to get to the Lincoln Shops. The shops themselves is another mile long stretch with tons of amazing outdoor restaurants, art galleries, and high end shopping (I bought nothing, ha)

This was also probably the best place to sit and people watch at night. The fashion in Miami is pretty amazing. Everyone dressed all out to go to eat for the night. The amazing food that I tried as Pizza Rustica, and Tiramesu. Can you tell I like Italian Food? I also tried the amazing desert place Ghirardelli

In the slideshow you will see a bunch of images just from running around the town in Lincoln Road

Miami Everglades & Gator Park

So then we get to the Everglades trip and the Gator Park at Safari Park. This was a lot of fun. I will say that I thought that the Gator Show itself was rather small and boring. However, the airboat ride was one of the funnest parts about the trip! I had my GoPro Hero Underwater video camera ready and did some awesome video of the boat ride as it whipped through the water. I will be editing that video of the entire trip (including the bride in the ocean) a bit later and sharing it in another post.

We got to see a bunch of gators in their natural environment swimming around and laying out in the woods. We then went back to the gator show part where they showed a few animals including a snack, full gator and baby gator, as well as frog and a spider. The boat ride was still the best part of this portion by far.

The guides were nice and I swear it looked like a page taken right out of “Swamp People” tv show ha. For lunch I tried a gator tail sandwich! It was definitely interesting. Of course…. it tasted like chicken. However it was a bit chewier and had a tiny bit of spice to it. But pretty good non the less. See photos in the slideshow

Ocean Drive

When I was staying at the Chesterfield I spent a lot of time walking around Ocean Drive and all of the lovely outdoor restaurants. That was definitely one of my favorite parts about Miami was that all of the restaurants were outside. It was so peaceful to just sit outside at night, which was still about 75 degrees and just people watch as you ate.

In addition to the restaurants that were there, there were a lot of other things to see. Of course I spent a good half day just sitting on the beach enjoying relaxing. There were also a lot of scenes to see that you would know from famous movies. You will see a photo of Johnnie Rockets, above which was were the ‘Chainsaw scene’ was filmed from the movie Scarface. You will also see a couple photos of the famous hotels and the Versace Mansion. The movie Birdcage was also filmed in this area, although I think that was one of the worst movies of all time ha. They also claim in front of one of the hotels, which was Humphrey Bogarts favorite hotel, was the care used in the movie Casablanca. I have my doubts that it was the actual car, but they claim that it is.

Other famous shops

Not far from the second hotel you would also see a lot of shops owned by ‘famous’ people. I saw the Rock Shop, owned by rocker Tommy Lee, Dash owned by the Kardashians, and the famous Miami Ink Tattoo shop. I was very much the tourist and took photos of those as well that you will see above. There were a few other well known restaurants like Jerry’s famous Deli that you will see in the photos.

Conclusion, and things to come

So that was my trip to Miami Beach. I hope you enjoyed reading this and hearing a little bit about my trip.

Of course the most exciting part is yet to come! Which is of course the images from LJ & AJ’s after wedding session! I am actually finishing up the wedding album for the Batista Wedding and then will shortly be finishing the LJ & AJ photos and can’t wait to post and share them with you!

Thanks again and keep checking back and leaving comments for me to read!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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