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Posted by on May 8, 2012 | 0 comments

I’m in Miami!

I’m in Miami!

Our latest trip was to Miami and the Bahamas. Before our cruise we decided we would stay in Miami for a few days and enjoy the city. We ended up going to South Beach and Bayside along with hanging out in the Brickell where we stayed at the most lovely Hampton Inn. Then we explored around the city and had a great time regardless of the less than perfect weather

We flew to Miami on Air Tran and after the horrible treatment we received from Delta on our return trip from our Honeymoon our expectations were pretty low. Also after all the horror stories about the TSA I was expecting it to be far far worse when we arrived. Overall it was pretty painless, I’m happy to say. I had a super sweet agent when I opted out of the nude scanners. Honestly it wasn’t bad at all and I was joking that if they would just let us lay down it would be a nice massage. I felt the staff in Atlanta was really nice and did everything possible to make it as painless as possible while following the rules. I’m still not a fan of those nude scanners but with our experience unlike others it didn’t seem like the TSA staff we got was mad that we opted out. 

We got to our flight with plenty of time before boarding and had paid a bit extra for an exit row. That flight was the smoothest flight I have ever taken, normally when I fly I need a day to recover but with that flight I was completely fine right when I got off the plane, my mom even noticed the difference when I called her on the phone letting her know we got to Fort Lauderdale safe and sound. 

We then took a private town car from the airport to the hotel. Miami drivers are crazy, we saw so many people weaving in and out of traffic I was actually surprised. Atlanta drivers got nothing on Miami. 

Once we got to the Hotel, I was expecting the standard Hampton Inn type of hotel but I was SO WRONG. The Hotel was beautiful and Oh So Purple! I was looking around and thinking that this hotel was designed just for me! Purple Orchids everywhere, beautiful crystal chandeliers. Art work everywhere, it was so perfect. I absolutely enjoyed going down to the lobby every morning and having the most delicious free breakfast of any hotel chains I ever been to .  We enjoyed the pool area and even got to chat with some really interesting people as well. 

Our beautiful purple room! The bathroom was gorgeous too!

Absolutely love yummy FREE hot breakfasts!

The lobby was so pretty

Absolutely beautiful!

Tons of Purple Orchids need I say more!

One of the many cool pieces of art work they had around the place

Glitter forever mirror!

Since our Friday afternoon flight was really good we were able to explore a bit of Miami and decided to look for some yummy food. We ended up at Diana’s Cafe in Little Havana and I ended up with the yummiest Cuban Sandwich I have had in years! I also had a Cafe con Leche that was divine and Adam had Bistec. Overall a very yummy meal, too bad we hadn’t figured out the free Metrorail and ended up walking the whole way and getting a bit lost too but it was an adventure.

We explored a bit more in the Brickell area and instead of dinner we had Cupcakes at LA Sweets! Oh so yummy!!!!

We then relaxed in the pool area and the hot tub really made my feet feel good after all that walking. We even met some interesting people from the other side of the country. 

Lovely view of the roof top pool and hottup

We visited Bayside, the park around the area is absolutely beautiful even in horrible weather. They have some of the most unique stores like Art by God plus I couldn’t resist going to the Disney store! We ended up getting some unique items and then watched some performers in the evening.

Bayside Marketplace

Stitch is so cute

Art by god – this stuff is for sale!

Ride the Wave

We explored South Beach and the weather decided to behave a bit while we were there. The Art Deco is so much fun and the music and food is absolutely wonderful! News Cafe had absolutely yummy desserts! We also ended up finding a GTA Vice City cosplayer too (⌒▽⌒)☆ There were so many stores that were ridiculously expensive but it was still fun to look in, unfortunately they were so anti cameras so I had to sneak photos. I honestly don’t get why since no one was even in the stores so why not have people tweet/instagram about your store? 

Miami Beach!!!! Y U No Warm!

In Dash Miami!

sparkle store

GTA Vice City Tommy Vercetti cosplayer!

Blueberry Cheesecake

Keylime Pie

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