Friday, March 7, 2014

Our Winter Break – Miami Sunshine!

Dawn Marie took a week off of her busy consulting schedule and she offered us the chance to enjoy a week of sunshine and warmth in Miami!  With the relatively cold winter that we have had here in East Tennessee, who could resist such an invitation…?!

This is a view from Dawn’s 12th floor balcony… Not too bad!  In the distance across the Intracoastal water way at the north end of Biscayne Bay, you can see Miami Beach.

This is another view of Miami Beach using a zoom lens.  The bridge and roadway over to Miami Beach is I-195, the Julia Tuttle Causeway.

FYI… Julia DeForest Tuttle (born Julia DeForest Sturtevant, (1849 – 1898) was an American businesswoman who was largely responsible for, and the original owner of, the land upon which Miami Florida was built. For this reason, she is called the "Mother of Miami."  For more about her interesting story and her interactions with Henry Flagler who built the Florida East Coast Railroad, just go to

This view from the balcony is looking toward the north end of Miami Beach… How about all this sunshine!  FYI… It didn’t rain once during our visit.  The high temperatures were in the high 70s and low to mid-80s.  For most days the humidity was low as well…

I do love the blue water… This was the week for the Miami International Boat Show in Miami and Miami Beach, with most of the action on the Beach side…so we avoided the crush of visitors by staying on the Miami side of the water.

FYI…  The Boat Show is Florida's largest annual event and it spans three locations—the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht/Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail at Miamarina at the Bayside Market.  The show features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the globe.  Exhibitors included The DuPont Registry.  Can’t afford a brand new yacht?  The Registry has a 2003 Feadship 170 on sale for a bargain price…only $32,900,000!  If you’d like to preview your new pleasure craft, you can just go to

This is a view of the pool and party area from Dawn’s balcony.  It was very busy on the weekends… The building also has a sizeable workout/health facility and of course, indoor parking.

Laurie took this photo of the Miami skyline through Dawn’s living room windows.  Not too bad! 

There is quite a bit of space near Dawn’s apartment for future development.  A new building is currently under construction on the far side of Dawn’s building and you can see another high rise building being built at the left side of this photo. 

We tried taking a couple of night views of the Miami skyline.  This is the best of the pictures but it doesn’t do justice to the actual beauty of all the lights… 

As you will note in the multitude of posts to come, we were on the run…visiting local attractions, sightseeing and eating out…during much of our visit.  However there was a little down time.  Here we have Dawn Marie and Mama Laurie taking it easy with a good book on the big lounging couch out on the apartment’s balcony.

Upcoming, I’ll be publishing posts about art, the sights and scenery, a whole bunch of restaurants, as well as the museums and attractions we visited on our winter break… Thanks to Dawn for a great time and for ordering up the perfect weather!

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for some sunshine and a bit of warm weather!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. What a great place for a winter get-away vacation. Our weather in Florida this year has been spring-like most of the winter. I've hardly worn a sweater over here on the other coast from you. Maybe you and Laurie will become snow-birds :)

    1. I wanted to add that you and Laurie are great house guests and as a hostess, I appreciate that you like to go out and see the sights. Most of our guests like to sit around the house and be waited on hand and foot because they are "on holiday" and need to relax. We suggest the sites, but hear "no, we're not into that." Please, from me, tell Dawn Marie to count her blessings :) Have a good weekend.

  2. Wow, is that your daughter? She has an incredible place down there. Perfect time to visit. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit...

    So you are a 1942 baby also... We are 'kindred spirits'....

  3. My daughter staying in Florida with a girlfriend of mine and she saw Miami. What a lovely place. Your daughter and your wife look very relaxed, the hustle and bustle of the city must be very tiring. Enjoy your visit!

  4. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Miami. Miami is my hometown. Love that city.


  5. Looks like a fine place to hang out for awhile and her place has good views. Nice boat but I already spent my mobile home money.

  6. Great place to spend winter vacation. Just like what I remember when I had spent my winter vacation in Colorado doing my favorite stuff which is ice skating.

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