I have not been able to blog any this week because Steve and I have been on a trip to Miami, Florida.
Our 25th anniversary is coming up on August 17th. We debated a long time about how to celebrate. We really wanted to do something big like go to Paris or something. But Mark is going to Spain in September for a study abroad semester and we really want to go see him while he's there. So we decided not to do anything too elaborate and save our frequent flyer miles and our money for a trip to Europe this fall.
Steve's brother lives in south Florida and when we were talking about what we wanted to do, he suggested we go to Miami and stay at the Fontainebleau Hotel. It is supposed to be one of the nicest hotels in Miami and just a fun place to go and relax for the week. So....that's what we decided to do!
This was the view from our balcony...
Our room was so nice and all the rooms have Mac computers in them! (Unfortunately I couldn't upload pictures, though.)
When we got there, they knew it was our 25th anniversary and they sent up a complimentary bottle of wine with some cheese and fruit! So nice!
The Fontainebleau is a famous hotel. It was built in 1954 and it was where Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack stayed and hung out. It was featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger, some Jerry Lewis movies, and some other movies like Scarface, etc. It has been completely restored and it was a fun place to stay. It kind of reminded me of a Las Vegas hotel. Here I am in the lobby...
We didn't have much on the agenda this week other than total relaxation and just spending time together before our busy fall schedule gets going.
Every day we would get up, eat breakfast, then head out to the pool, and that is when social hour would begin! I met so many interesting people this week. There were people from all over the world vacationing there. I really can't explain how diverse that city is. Seriously...does anyone even speak English there?? (Just kidding, but it seemed that way!)
*I met a sweet family from Egypt with two of the cutest little girls you've ever seen.
*We chatted away with a family from England. They had two teenagers and we had fun listening to the stories of their travels all over the world.
*I met a family with four precious children from Chicago and ended up finding out that the dad played for the Chicago Bulls for 6 years with Michael Jordan!
*I talked for hours with a mom from Iran who now lives in Long Island and helped her decide what to do with one of her three adorable kids that was having trouble with reading!
*Steve met a guy from Ohio who is a deejay and trying to help his mom get on The Biggest Loser. (She has made it pretty far!)
*The guy who helped us with our umbrella at the pool was from Ireland and used to work the sound for Shakira for two years.
*All our cab drivers were Haitian.
I'm telling you...it was so much fun. Since people watching is one of my favorite things to do, I had a ball! You could never be bored there, that's for sure.
This is where we spent a lot of time this week...
One night we went down to Lincoln Street where there are lots of shops and restaurants and had dinner there. Here we are on our way out...
We had Italian food that was so good. I got eggplant parmesan and Steve had lobster ravioli. Plus we got bruschetta for an appetizer that was delicious. It was so humid there. I couldn't walk outside for more than 2 minutes without having to put my hair up!
We did lots of reading and rented movies and took naps and pretty much did a whole lot of nothing.
Last night we decided to go down to South Beach. That was pretty crazy! We ate at Bice Restaurant and ordered paella. I have never had it before and have always wanted to try it. They bring it to you in a big cast iron skillet and it has rice with lobster, shrimp, clams, oysters, chorizzo sausage, and vegetables in it. It was very authentic.
When we got back to the hotel we just went walking. We walked on the boardwalk near the beach and around the pool all lit up. I loved these big chairs!
We had such a good time in Miami. It was the perfect way to close out our summer. Now we are back home and ready to get our kids back to school and start focusing on all the things coming our way this fall!