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"Mane Adige" means "Home Food" in kannada and this blog is all about recipes that I cook. Most of the recipes I post here will be from "Mangalooru" and "Bengalooru " regions of Karnataka,India. Rest of them are the one's which I try out by improvising the recipes got from different sources.

Monday, June 16, 2008

"Florida - The Sunshine State".... Really?!?!?!

                       

Well yes, we were at Miami over the weekend..... It was a nice, short 'n sweet, two-day outing! Miami is a beautiful city with beautiful beaches. I was amazed by the deep blue waters of the Atlantic!! The city is full of life.....The excitement and enthusiasm is contagious!! It is indeed THE Party City!!

The drive from Miami to Key West along "US 1" was very scenic. You get to see a lot of small islands called the "FLORIDA KEYS" on the way to Key West (Key West is the farthest inhabited Florida Key) There was some construction happening on US 1 and the speed limits were low, because of which it took us a little longer than usual... But it was worth every bit! With the famous sunset at Mallory square, shopping on Duval Street and all the thrilling water sports, Key West does quality as one of the most preferred vacation destinations!!!

While it was a nice getaway from the usual grind, our trip had its share of miseries too! Let me start from Day 1.... Our flight from Chicago to Miami was on Thursday morning 9:04 AM. We were at the airport by around 7:30 AM and joined the queue for check-in luggage. It was a big queue and we got to the airways agent after a long 30 mins wait. And guess what she says?!?!!? "I'm sorry you are TWO mins late and I cannot check-in your luggage"  Can you believe that?!?! She said we could get in, if we left our stuff back!!! How could we possibly do that?!?! And it wasn't like we were very late or something... we still had an hour's time before our flight took off. But they didn't budge!!! We finally had to postpone our booking to the flight at 5:45 PM :(. We decided to come home as we still had a lot of time in hand. And guess what was waiting for us on our way back home??!?! Our car got a flat tire!!! The next few hours went in getting that fixed. We then caught the evening flight to Miami, that put us at Miami late in the night. We wake up the next morning to heavy rains and thunderstorms :((((. We had already lost more than half a day because of the "missed flight", which we hadn't actually missed... and then the rains!!! It was not until noon that we could step out of the room. The rest of the day was much better.... Small stretches of sunshine in between the dark clouds!!! And every time it got a little sunny, we hurriedly grabbed a few shots of the beach and the places around..... And due to the bad weather, the water sports were also canceled in Miami that day :(. We saw around the city a little, spent some time at the beach, dined at a place on Ocean Drive, and of course, clicked pictures whenever the weather permitted !!! :)

We were all set to drive through the Florida Keys the next day.... The weather seemed pretty good and we were all excited!! We did the glass bottom boat tour at Key Largo - Thanx to my friend Shubha for having suggested this.... It was really good!! We got to see the coral reefs without going snorkeling or scuba diving!!! We were hoping that the weather would remain the same throughout the day.... But not everything we hope for, comes true!  By the time we reached Key West, it got cloudy again. Sunset at Mallory square didn't seem anything like what I had heard or seen on the Internet :((.  There were a whole lot of people at Mallory Square, waiting for the sunset. Everyone there seemed disappointed.... But only until the street performances started happening. The other thing that Mallory  Square is famous for, is the Street performers!! Those performers were really good... exceptional, I must say, at whatever skills and tricks they performed!!   There were jugglers, sword swallowers, silver men and many more! We then strolled around Duval Street - The most happening street in Key West! It is mainly a shopping area with lot of bars and cafes too! Duval street was indeed nice!! It had this, "very sweet 'n cozy" atmosphere. The weather didn't really bother us much here... :).  Got back to Miami late that night, packed up and reached the airport well ahead of time the next morning, to catch our flight back to Chicago...... We didn't wanna take any chances this time! :)

After such an experience, we wondered..... "Florida - The Sunshine State" Really?!?!?!

In spite of all the spoil sport the weather played, we did enjoy our trip and we did have a blast!! Another set of delays due to bad weather, on our way back, and we finally managed to reach Chicago last evening. Naveen was asking me .... "After such an experience, would you like to go Miami again some other time?" I said... "Yes, absolutely!! I loved Miami. But I would never fly!!! Even if I did, I would never carry check-in luggage!!" :) All in all, an eventful vacation!!

17 comments:

Mishmash ! said...

hmm...finally we get to see u...i wanted a lil more bigger pic:P

Asha said...

Rain spoils all! We drove from Orlando to Miami once, felt like we were in Cuba! :D
Even MC D was in Spanish, every where we turn there were Spanish folks ! It was fun.
Ocean is excellent, Miami is expensive and very Humid in Summer, worse than Orlando which is inland a bit.
Glad you got to enjoy the city, nice to visit there, don't know about living there for good. great photos!:)
Got to visit Florida Keys one day!:)

Laavanya said...

I'm sorry to hear that the travel and weather weren't too good. I loved the drive to the Keys too.. Ours was a rather hectic trip too and we took the glass bottom boat trip too and also a short sunset cruise :) Wanted to go para-sailing but we were too late. I liked the carefree, holiday atmosphere there.

Uma said...

beautiful pictures.

Purnima said...

Ramya, the collage is beaaaaaauuuttifullllllll! Loved the seas! u both look cute! The travel luck used to b like yours with me few years ago..!! Hope u go again to 'sunshine' city!! :D

SMN said...

Sorry to hear that the weather and rain spoiled the travel buti guess u guys had great time.

Vanamala said...

Good pics...hope you had a gr8 time in florida

kamala said...

Grt pics Ramya.Sorry abt the flight delay and Rain...a nice trip

Roopa said...

Hey very nice travelogue:) I loved Miami for each minute we stayed there for 8 months. It was the best ! We escaped the winter in 2006 that way hehe:) Did you go to Crocodile swamp?? Its something which should not be missed. We even got to hold a live crocodile:) Hey I have a surprise for you at my blog:)

Archy said...

Wow, Nice pics with collage Ramya !! Enjoyed a lot i guess :) !!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Had a nice time?....

Veda Murthy said...

Nice pics ramya....tumba chengaidhe! ur spirit is amazing after all that u experienced!

Veda

FoodieFriend said...

Nice travelogue and beautiful pics....
Despite of bad wether, you did enjoy your trip and thats important :)
Happy blogging!

Kumudha said...

Thanks for sharing wonderful pictures of Miami!

Shubha said...

Awwww Ramya!!! such a lovely article.. very cute [:)] awww thanks to u for taking the boat ride.. hugsss!! very sweet of u!!

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