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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do

Greetings, and welcome to a new feature for this blog we'll call 'Travel'. As many of you already know, bentos are not only for school. The same concept and techniques used for preparing a healthy and enjoyable lunch for school days can also be used when preparing for work or other activities. One of our favorite other activities is traveling. We've had the joy of traveling to many wonderful places, some close enough to reach in an hour or two, some half way around the world. This new feature will be where we will share some of our favorite destinations as well as tips and tricks that might help you maximize the joy from your travels. 

Let's begin with one of the classic favorite destinations....
Summer is finally here in Florida, and to celebrate the start of this splendid season, we took a weekend trip down to Miami Beach for Memorial Day weekend. It's hard to believe that we live so close to Miami, yet we don't visit as often as many would think we do when we mention that we are from Florida. However, each time we visit, we always find something new to do!

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The Hyatt Centric, seen from a parking garage.

During our weekend trip, we set up our "base camp" at the Hyatt Centric in South Beach. The hotel had a great view and was close to everything, including the beach and some great food.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The Las Olas Cafe, where we had breakfast.

We had breakfast at the Las Olas Cafe, a local favorite. I highly recommend the Cuban sandwich, as it is one of the best in Miami, and probably high-ranking in the state. Another favorite among us was the cafe con leech, which translates directly to coffee with milk. It kept us going to our next stop, the beach.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The Avalon and Beacon hotels on South Beach.

Some walking and Art Deco observing later, we finally reached the beach, where the Memorial Day air show was going on. 

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
A plane flies over the ocean during the Memorial Day air show.

Nikolai enjoyed the sunny weather and watching the planes fly by, but we left after about an hour so we could get to the Lincoln Road Mall, a mile-long pedestrian road lined with shops ranging from Anthropologie to Zara.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
My Vineyard Vines hat and a Starbucks Pink Drink.
It got quite hot on the walk from the beach to Lincoln Road, so we stopped into Starbucks, where I had a trenta sized pink drink (Walking around 3 miles off of a cup of coffee makes you pretty thirsty haha). You may already know how much I love pink.

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
The National Geographic Fine Art Gallery on Lincoln Road.
One of our favorite stops along Lincoln Road was the National Geographic Fine Art Gallery, a place everyone, especially photographers, should visit to cool down or just to enjoy the wonderful photography displayed here. Another great place to stop in is Books and Books, a local bookstore with multiple locations around the Miami area. 

Why We Love Miami Beach and Fun Things To Do
Ladurée on Lincoln Road.
Before we headed back to the hotel, we stopped at Ladurée and got a few macarons, which we couldn't find back home due to there being not many store locations in the country. The macarons were one of the best my son has ever had, according to him, and we couldn't agree any less.

These are some of the activities we enjoyed during our weekend in Miami, however there is so much out there to discover. If you plan on visiting, remember to bring sunscreen. However, if needed, there are sunscreen dispensers around the beach.

And there you have it, our vacation highlights during our trip to Miami. Do you have any favorite activities to do in Miami? Let us know via social media or in the comments below!

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