The first and last time I visited Miami was half a lifetime ago. It was before a cruise to the Caribbean. And it was my introduction to Key Lime pie. My memories are that we were given a tour of South Beach and visited the Keys, where I ate that pie which was absolute heaven in my mouth.
I also lived in Florida for a year in the 60s when my family first arrived in the US way way way back in another lifetime. Not in Miami but in the Clearwater/Tampa area. I remember infestations of cockroaches and mosquitoes.
And I had visited an aunt and uncle who still lived in the area in the 80s. Going from an air conditioned house to the air conditioned car to the air conditioned shopping center. I don’t do a/c.
Fast forward to April, 2013. I wasn’t that excited about revisiting Florida at all. But a conference was held there that I really wanted to attend.
Upon landing in Miami the first thing I noticed was the HUMIDITY! I was immediately dripping wet. Ugh. What had I done to myself?
Arriving at my hotel room and looking out the window (photo above) I was instantly impressed. I realized that Miami had changed significantly since my last visit. Apparently during the 1990s and 2000s the city saw a tremendous building boom.
Although I am generally not crazy about the type of glass and steel buildings (my terminology) seen in downtown Miami, taken together, this forest of skyscrapers is really quite dramatic and extraordinary.
And the combination of high rise buildings and high rise palm trees gave my camera quite a workout.
I kinda fell in love with Miami… surprise, surprise! Now I am hoping there will be another excuse to return to Miami in the near future.
Click on one of the photos below to start the slide show… you know the drill… I’ll be posting Part Two as time permits.
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