I was not sure what to do with myself over Memorial weekend and decided at the last minute to visit Miami Beach since I had heard that it was beautiful and I was not disappointed. When we were about to board our plane in DC, we were told that the crew had gone on an earlier flight so another crew that was off duty was being mobilized. The crew members arrived one by one and passengers applauded each. We finally got on the plane only to be told that the plane had no fuel and we had to wait for refueling. I wondered whether my trip was doomed from the beginning, but thankfully it was not.
The streets were packed in Miami Beach and the interesting part for me were the scantily clad women of all shapes and sizes. I was not brave enough to walk around like that. I went on a tour of Miami, Miami Beach and Everglades. I got a few photos.
- The beach where I went only once, all because my friend in Zambia told me off for not visit the one place Miami “Beach” is fame for. I can live without a body of water or beach, so it never occurred to go to the beach until I was tongue lashed 🙂
2. A chicken and its chicks I saw on the tour. Apparently, this Mama Chicken is a resident near Bayside, Miami Beach.
3. A sculpture at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Miami. I did not visit – I recently lost a loved one and am not ready to hear about suffering.
4. Miami Beach skyline – on the way to Miami.
5. Our tour took us to Over Town, Miami, where there are some colorful houses constructed by Habitat Humanity.
6. American Airlines Arena in Miami for the Miami Heat and visiting singers.
7. There are a lot of scooters in Miami Beach and the interesting thing is that people rarely wear helmets.
8. Jet skis at Miami Beach marina. I wanted to rent one but decided to do so when a young relative visits later.
9. Everglades. It’s a really beautiful place, a half hour away from Miami Beach.
10. Alligator near the reception at the Everglades
11. The tour guide. The airboat is very noisy and we had to wear ear blockers (not sure of correct name).
12. A fishing hole made by gators. Apparently, when was the Everglades run dry, these holes remain with water and trap fish thus providing gators with food.
13. Some birds at the Everglades – not sure what they are called, but I did not like them as remind me of vultures.
14. There has to be food somewhere, no? This was my first lunch in Miami Beach and it was delicious. I enjoyed the potatoes more, though.
15. Refreshing pina colada. I am a teetotaler, so it was virgin. It tasted just OK, I have had better.
I really had a great time and next time I will stay in Miami Beach for at least one week as there was a lot to do and see.