|October 1, 2016||Filed under Florida||
Florida perplexes me. What comes to mind? White sand decadence and hanging chads; swamp predators and Miami Vice; Disney magic and Orlando tragedy; conservative zealots and heaven bound rockets; red, white & blue and white, black & brown. My swing through this swing state offered up typical Miami hype, a refreshing swamp encounter, and a few lazy days in the Conch Republic, watching the big blue and waiting for the state to turn blue.
Without a doubt, Miami Beach deserves its world famous reputation for its sheer size (about 9 miles long), tropical climate and blazing sand. An abundance of Art Deco beauties line Ocean Drive in South Beach. The buildings’ Easter candy hues somewhat soften the heavy automobile cruising, the bikini strutting, and the thump-thump-thumping of watering holes vying for attention.
The Wynwood Walls and Gardens feel a bit contrived at first. Isn’t street art supposed to be where it shouldn’t be? Nonetheless, since opening in 2009 in a neglected warehouse district of Miami, the walls have featured over 50 artists from 16 countries, including stunning works by Aiko (Tokyo), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles) and DALeast (Capetown). The park attracts many fashionistas heading to the area’s now popular bars and eateries for at least a selfie or two. A patio table at Wynwood Kitchen is always a festive time. (more…)