Miami and surrounds

Miami and surrounds

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WHERE WE STAYED: Hotel Circa 39 in south beach. This was more or less a free stay, so no complaints. A trip “won” by slightly fraudulent means.

BEST MEAL: Mojitos on Collins avenue. Does that count? If not, chocolate-covered Key Lime Pie on a stick in Key West.

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS: Half-naked sun-worshipers showing off on Ocean Ave (on foot or in ridiculously jacked SUVs), locals and tourists alike.

NATURAL HIGH: Everglades wetlands, including alligator sightings (too-close for my mother’s comfort). Also, the gorgeous drive to Key West along sapphire coasts.

BIZARRO MOMENT: Hearing the roar of a giant cruise-ship in Key West beckoning hordes of passengers home.

HOW COULD THERE POSSIBLY BE SO MANY: Dark-skinned white people.

DON’T MISS: Miami Art Museum in downtown Cultural Centre Plaza with excellent contemporary exhibits; Opa-Locka City Hall, affectionately called “little Baghdad” for its architecture.

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS? Most definitely. We had low expectations of Florida, home of the world’s retirees.

Minotaur, Greece

Minotaur, Greece

Say ‘yes’ to Yakutsk!

Say ‘yes’ to Yakutsk!