Friday, August 13, 2004

Florida Day 10

Sharon got up and ran on the treadmill and lifted weights, while I tried to order room service. One of the struggles that we have had on this trip is getting Jack to order something to eat. I spent 10 minutes going over the room service menu with Jack trying to order something for him. He finally decided on something, but when it got to the room it was not what he thought it was going to be.

After watching the weather for a while, we headed out for South Beach.
The South Beach area is very cool; it includes hundreds of buildings restored to their early 20th-century art deco appearance. We walked along Ocean Drive, while Sharon wandered in and out of a few shops. We ended up having lunch at the Fox Cafe, the restaurant in the Casa Grande Suite Hotel.

Although I have tried to avoid thinking about work, I did a 15 minute conference call about the data center migration at Mill-Peninsula.

After lunch, we walked back up the beach. There are some interesting art deco lifeguard huts on the beach.

We then headed to Litte Havana. We stopped at the El Credito Cigar Factory. We watched them making cigars for a while and then bought a few to bring home.

Although I brought enough clothes for the whole two weeks, Sharon had planned on doing laundry. We had scouted a Laundromat near the hotel earlier and we dropped Sharon there while Jack and I went back to the hotel.

After picking Sharon up, the three of us headed to the hotel pool for a an hour. For dinner, we headed to the CocoWalk and ended up having dinner at Cafe Tu Tu Tango. This was also an interesting dining experience. They claim that the restaurant is modeled after a Barcelona Cafe. There were artist painting in the middle, original artwork hanging around the restaurant and a large high definition display showing a rotating set of masterpieces. Sharon had fun identifying and talking about the masterpieces as they were displayed. When we finished with dinner, Sharon did some shopping. She lamented that she had not found this area of Coral Gables earlier!

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