Miami Vice

There’s no escape for first timers in Miami: a millionaire’s row sightseeing cruise is a must. Boats sail around Star, Palm and Hibiscus Islands, offering great views of the city and port, glimpses of some of the most luxurious mansions imaginable and serious name-dropping: Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Elisabeth Taylor, Will Smith, Shaquille O’Neal… hard to remember them all.

In reality, not everyone resides or has ever owned property on the island, but who can blame the tour guides for wanting to give tourists a blown up version of the story? One look at these mega-mansions and I was ready to believe every word.

Take, for example, Phillip Frost: the pharmaceutical billionaire, who owns one of the largest properties on Star Island, was matter-of-factly credited by our guide with the invention of Viagra. On another note, we also learned that the palm trees lining the grounds of his property at the waterfront were imported from South Africa at a cost of $10.000 each (there were more than 30 of them). A quick post-tour search showed one of these facts was false – guess which one.

Oh well, not all is lost, however, because … yes, Don Johnson also stayed here during the Miami Vice years. Now, what about Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer, in my opinion, one of the best soundtracks for a TV series, ever?

January 31st, 2018

Robert is Here

Just before entering the Everglades’ grassy waters, a stop for a deliciously refreshing smoothie at this fruit & vegetable family-owned stand – come smoothie bar – come animal farm – come backyard mechanics (at least I imagine so, for what were these tractors and small aircraft doing there, other than providing great photo-ops?). If you are anywhere near Homestead between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., any day of the week, looking for fresh fruits and veggies or a healthy pick-me-up before your next Everglades’ adventure, well then, look no further… Robert is here!

January 30th, 2018

Miami Vibes || Art Deco

Because we all need a break from the harsh New York winter in January. And because, where better to escape the cold than tropical Miami with an average high of 76°F/25°C and mostly dry days? We flew there, then drove all the way down to Key West – but first things first: South Beach and the Art Deco district. A feast for the eyes of an art deco lover (and those of a fancy car/loud Latino dance music/young crowd/strong drinks aficionado). South Beach is Miami’s glamorous party district, it seems. A bit overwhelming at first, but easy to get used to, if one stayed long enough.

January 28th, 2018

Freeman Alley

Off the Bowery at the level of Rivington Street in Lower Manhattan, there is an alley covered in graffiti. It leads to a restaurant, very popular among the young (and young at heart) New York crowd, despite (or because of) its location. I wonder how the alley will look like today, more than a year later. 

January 14th, 2018

Words of Wisdom – III

*Recent Resident Posting* on the bulletin board of my building’s website:

Title: Seeking Puppy Play Dates!

Hello,

My boyfriend, Alex, and I just adopted the cutest little chi puppy, Porsche, and are looking to arrange some play dates with other vaccinated puppies/dogs in the building to help her get socialized! Today was her first day of puppy kindergarten and she gets along with other dogs after she finishes her shy/bravado stage.  (We were very proud of her.) Please email me at […..] or text/call my cell phone at […..] if you think your friendly pooch can be a good fit to help us out. 🙂

Thanks,
[signature: the proud dog parents]

PS: I love my neighbours!

PS1: Photo of a friendly pooch from Miami, where I’m currently living la dolce vita for a few days.

January 23rd, 2018