Stayed at the Hotel Urbano in Miami for the first couple of nights.  Nice little hotel, a bit inconvenient having to valet park and pay the high price for parking, but other than that, the hotel was clean and comfortable.

Visited Vizcaya Museum and Gardens our first day.  Had dinner at Vapiano, something of a new concept for us.  You go in and get a card and they scan it at the food station that you want to order your food.  Then you take a pager with you and when the food is ready, the pager buzzes and you go pick up your food.

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The gardens at Vizcaya.

 

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Stairway leading up to more wooded grounds at the Vizcaya.

 

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The stone barge at Vizcaya.

 

 

We checked out on our second day and headed to the Everglades on our way down to the Florida Keys.  We also were lucky enough to pass by Coral Castle in Homestead and dropped in for a look before it closed up.  It’s not really a castle, you could probably walk through it in 1/2 hour, but very interesting to see.  One man built it all out of coral.

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Egret at Everglades. Seen during our tram tour.

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One of seven very docile alligators seen from our tram.

Coral Castle (below)

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Inside view of Coral Castle.

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Entrance to Coral Castle.

 

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