If you read my previous post on Biking in Paradise you know Polly and I recently took a short 4 day vacation cruise in the Bahamas. It was our 30th anniversary this year, but it was also the year our daughter Elizabeth got married. Therefore, we were unable to take our anniversary trip because of the wedding (for the record kids, I’m not placing blame here – it’s just the way the timing worked out) 🙂
We flew from Seattle to Miami on a Saturday. After a plane change, a stop, and very crowded conditions, we finally made it to Miami, where we rented a car. The cruise wasn’t until Monday, so we planned to spend a day in Miami sightseeing. Thanks to Priceline, we got a 4 star hotel at a 2 star price. Well, I’ve discovered in the past that the only difference between a 4 star hotel and a 2 star one is that the 4 star usually has a restaurant and/or meeting rooms. The guest rooms themselves aren’t usually that different between the two, and that was pretty true here. One nice thing, however, was that the receptionist checking us in happened to have lived in Silverdale, WA for awhile (which is where we live) and had gone to the University of Washington. I don’t know if that is the reason or not, but she upgraded us to a 27th story room with a balcony looking out over Biscayne Bay.
We drove around the area for awhile. The only two places we really spent any time were at a Botanical Garden and around Miami Beach. It was a pretty small garden, and not the best time of year for the flowers, but it was interesting anyway. And across the way was the Holocaust Memorial (the hand statue).
After supper, we decided to go out and take a few night pictures. There was a lot of interesting architecture near our hotel, and it was very photogenic at night.
We made it back to our hotel without being mugged, so I figure it was a pretty good day. 🙂 All in all, it was worth coming a day early just to check out the area. We got up around 10 on Monday and made our way to the rental car return, then took a cab to the Norwegian Cruise Lines dock to board our ship. That’ll start my next post, though. Til then, so long.
Have Fun and Ride Safe,