26 Dec, 2013 in Itineraries, Miami

Miami was the last stop in my 6+ months research exchange trip to the United States. I must applaud myself for probably the longest term planning I’ve ever done , booking a ticket that goes to my target city – Tallahassee – through Boston, and returns from Miami, with a few days stop in each. […]

25 Dec, 2013 in Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens - Miami (102)

Last of the wonderful Miami Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens posts is about their butterflies collection. The gardens have it all – flowers, trees, plants, art, and … butterflies. I love taking photos of butterflies, and they have a wonderful collection.   Here, have a look…   …

25 Dec, 2013 in Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens - Miami (67)

Since there are just so many wonderful things to see and do in the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Miami, I decided to split it into three different posts. In this one are some of the wonderful public art exhibits around the gardens as part of the Chapungu exhibition…     …

25 Dec, 2013 in Miami
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens - Miami (3)

In my journey to find off the beaten track attractions in Miami that go beyond beaches and the Everglades I found a charming haven – the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. What a lovely treat, not at all what I expected to find. A huge grounds with an impressive layout covering all types of gardens, flowers, […]

2 Dec, 2013 in Miami
Vizcaya Museum House Gardens - Miami (27)

If you enjoy architecture and gardens and a small glimpse into how the rich and successful live, Miami has a few terrific options for you. I previously covered the Charles Deering Estate at Cutler which is already quite impressive, but it’s nothing compared to the Vizcaya Villa belonging to a different member of the Deering […]

30 Nov, 2013 in Miami
The Everglades - Florida (69)

The Everglades, a huge wetland area in southern Florida, isn’t just host to a large population of alligators. It’s also a habitat for many types of birds, some resident, some migrating. I don’t know much about birds, but the guided tour around the Everglades is likely to tell you more about the wildlife of …

29 Nov, 2013 in Miami
The Everglades - Florida (59)

Like alligators? Florida has lots of those for you all over the state, but you’re most likely to get a kick out of the Everglades National Park, a massive wetlands down in southern Florida. It’s probably one of the must day trip attractions if you’re visiting Miami, and one of the most pleasurable experiences I’ve […]

22 Jul, 2013 in Miami
The Deering Estate - Miami (21)

Charles Deering, a successful businessman, discovered Miami as a winter destination long before most of the other ¬†Americans did. Back in the 1890s, he already started heading south towards Saint Augustine and Miami, when the winters in Chicago became too cold. Beginning of the 20th century he used his wealth to set a more permanent […]

19 Jul, 2013 in Miami
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Though European history in the United States doesn’t go back beyond 15th century, Miami features a surprise – an ancient Spanish Monastery from the 12th century. Well, if you don’t have your own history, why not import it? The St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church was dismentaled in Spain and shipped over to the US and […]

3 Jul, 2013 in Miami
Coral Castle Museum - Miami (4)

In what is probably one of the strangest tourist attractions I’ve been to, the Coral Castle near Miami just might be a tourist trap you’d want to fall into to. Not being able to decide if this was a hoax, a joke or a real historical attraction, I decided I should go have a look. […]

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