Monday, July 9th. Just finished lunch at the Doral Ale House
and I'm now heading to the beach! (finally!) (done with the malls!)
this is a postcard perfect shot of Miami Beach , right by the Eden Roc and Founainbleau Hotel ...
here's the workers trucking in some sand, same area, by 44th st/Collins Ave
another pretty view
here's the Eden Roc.... both the Eden Roc and the Fountainbleau are undergoing extensive renovations . Don't go to the latter if you want to swim in their pool. It's been all dug up....does'nt exist for now.
It seems like whatever is not new construction in Miami Beach is getting renovated!
here's the street view of Collins Ave in front of the Eden Roc, looking north
Woody's in North Miami Beach on Biscayne Blvd
known for their steak sandwiches. (in an area that has way too many chains now, so it was nice to see this relic still there)
I was hoping they meant an 8 ounce charred type of steak sandwich, but turns out they meant cheesesteaks. Was'nt in the mood, as I get so many good cheesesteaks in my Atlantic City area.
For those that ARE in the mood, it looks like Woody's is the place to go ...
this is the Sunny Isles area just north of Miami Beach proper.
(it goes for about 20 blocks starting at 163rd st..)
remember those small little 2 level motels like the Suez and Colonial Inn, etc?!? Almost all of them are torn down now...the area has been totally revitalized
At least the Sahara Motel still has their signage (and camels) left.
It is now some sort of real estate office, specializing in what else but condos
the old vs. the new... the camels from another angle
some of the new high rises are quite stunning...
this one was around 185th st and Collins, across the street from a new McDonalds. (in case anyone has a "Big Mac attack" they can just go down the elevator from their penthouse suite)
Then I drive up to Hallandale just north of Sunny Isles and Aventura..
It's late afternoon and I hit the beach again. Someone forgot to change the date on that lifeguard stand...as it is now July 9th.
And I'm finally ready to cool off in the ocean !
In the early evening I make it to my "home" for the next 2 nights ,
the Ramada Plaza in Hollywood, just north of Hallandale.
Great deal for $50 a night on priceline.
It was right in the middle of downtown Hollywood and just a couple of miles from the beach.
This was one wonderful afternoon!
Time for dinner! That's the one thing missing on Part 2 is FOOD pics!
I better put that on Part 3, ("the final installment"), as I learned it's best not to put TOO many pics on ONE thread. (can get tedious to do all that scrolling!!)
Anyone else in the mood to jump in the ocean now?!?