Friday, September 13, 2013
We drive over to South Beach. Finding parking on the streets is impossible so we go to the public parking garage. What a deal, only $1 an hour!
We book a bus & boat tour and go next door to Pizza Rustica, 9th and Washington, for a quick lunch before the tour. My spinach pie is delicious! My husband’s is just as tasty.
One of the tour stops is Little Havana. The cigar shop we visit is owned by a Cuban exile. Our tour guide shows us the humongous cigar the owner will smoke when Fidel Castro dies.
Further down the sidewalk, I see people coming out of Azucar ice cream parlor. Went in and asked for something different from the others. He goes back into the kitchen and brings out a metal container of creaminess. Out of the shop I walk, luscious Cuban Flan ice cream in hand!
We wander down the street to the local gathering place, Maximo Gomez Park. The men tell me they don’t mind my documenting a slice of their daily activities.
There is live music on the pier as we wait for the boat tour to begin. A scuba diver with a buoy and waving flag attached swims by. We’re told she has a boat in the marina and is scouting for lobsters. Once she locates them, she’ll take orders from customers and go back the next day to get them!
The celebrity tour takes us around South Beach. There were so many celebrity homes they start running into each other. It’s a beautiful day for sightseeing.
I have included a Qwiki of how others have enjoyed a visit to Miami:
We arrive at the Hilton near the airport. It’s an older, but nice hotel. I start to talking with the bellhop as we go up. He tells me the hotel is closing April 1, “No joke.” Explains that the airport is expanding and the Hilton is two stories too tall for aircraft clearance. 😦
We go to Grampa’s Bakery down the street. Grampa is not a name of affection. It’s the owner’s last name. We’re told the breakfast is the best in town. Wonder if I can get up in time to do it justice …