Miami for the day

Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
Trip End Sep 06, 2008

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Friday, August 29, 2008

We decided to sleep in today and take advantage of the noon checkout.  Our flight to Lima didnt leave until 11:45 at night, so we still had a full day in Miami.  Checked out of the hotel, stopped at Walgreens to pick up some last minute items for the trip.  Then we headed to Little Havana for lunch.

Parked the car on the street and walked around.  We stopped at a Bay of Pigs memorial statue and domino park.  Was pretty cool to see all the old guys playing dominoes in the middle of the day.  I guess that is what cuban men do when they retire.  Kind of like how the gringos play golf.  All of the restaurants in Little Havana have a window where you can order your food from the street (the pedestrian version of a drive thru), so we found a restaurant with a lot of foot traffic and decided to go inside for a sit down lunch.  The only other customers were 2 cops with a civilian.  They were leaving as we arrived and interestingly enough the owner of the restaurant would not let the policemen pay.  Anyway we sat down, Amy ordered a cuban sandwich and I got the grilled chicken topped with fried onions (we shared a side of sweet plantains).  The food was excellent. 

Afterward we decided to have a driving tour of Miami, so we went to find Coral Gables.  Got a little lost and ended up down a small discreet road.  While turning around Amy tells me to stop the car so she can take a picture of what she believes to be the Hogan House.  There was a for sale sign out front, but it seemed awfully small to me.  (Turns out it is not the Hogan House, but awfully close).  Continued on to Coral Gables, very nice houses and cool area.  We then went to Vizcaya Gardens.  We parked the car and started to take pictures of the grounds till we came to the entrance and saw it was $12 a person.  Since neither of us knew what Vizcaya Gardens were, we decided to turn around and head to South Beach. 

Parked the car and walked around Lincoln road.  This street is about 3 blocks long of typical Miami clothing stores, restaurants, and 4 starbucks.  Also thought it was interesting to see a GNC next to a Vitamin Shoppe.  This is definitely the place to go to check out scenery.  It is required that each young lady must display at least one of their three goods for all men to see (no matter how big or small the girl is, unfortunately including pregnant women).  Since the weather was quite hot, we decided to check out tasti d lite (which is the best ice cream place in long island, from what I hear).  Low in fat, cholesterol, lactose, and anything else you can think of (it is even kosher).  Continued on with Lincoln Road until we got to South Beach and hung out there for an hour or two.

Since the Marlins were in town and tickets are only $9 a person, we decided to go to the game.  The stadium was actually quite crowded since they were playing the Mets (lots of NY fans in Miami).  The attendance for the day was around 17,000.  I dont think I have ever seen a stadium that empty.  Food was good though.  Had my first arrepa (which is 2 corn cakes filled with cheese and grilled).  There was a huge party in the concourse as well.  Perhaps this is where all the fans were.  Left the game in the 7th to go to the airport. 
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