I Wish I Was There Now

We recently went to Miami Beach and South Beach and stayed in the famous (and redone) Fountain Blue Hotel. The hotel was all the rage in the 1950s and 1960s; one of the James Bond movies was filmed there. Goldfinger I think it was. Before we left for the trip I really didnt have any expectations about how it would be but much to my surprise it turned out to be a really fun time. Coming from NYC the flight was fast and easy, before we knew it we were in our suite with a nice Ocean view. The hotel has the most spectacular bar right in the center where you walk in, the views are great. And so were the drinks. As we were sitting there I was staring up at the chandeliers and wondering if my grandparents had seen those exact chandeliers, as they were all original or restored. I know my grandparents vacationed a lot in Miami Beach back in the day and knowing some 50 or 60 years later their grandson was sitting there was a really nice feeling for me. A nice connection. We went out for dinner in South Beach, which is part of Miami Beach; the food was great, and there was such a nice relaxing vibe in the air. The next morning we went to the beach and I was blown away with how nice it was. Beautiful white sand, the water was spectacular. My family has a house on Cape Cod so I was used to that kind of beach, from going there every summer for countless years. This was cleaner, the water was clear and blue. The hotel had people who would bring out your chairs, cover them with new towels, give you an umbrella, move the umbrella. Anything you wanted. Soon enough we were in the water and it was truly spectacular; I felt transformed and lifted away from all of my problems, worries. I stayed in the water for hours. Then while lying in the sun on the chairs the staff brought us anything we wanted, water, lunch, sandwiches, drinks. It cost a lot of course but it was worth it, just having everything at your fingertips. I am not a novice, I know no drinking for me in the hot sunlight…

I am not sure what is making me think about this trip, maybe because I could use another one. Another escape. All the stress of every day life, job hunting, dire economic predictions, the world getting uglier and more hateful by the day. The rest of the trip was similarly fantastic, the water, the beach, the clubs, all of it. Topping it off we got up graded to first class on the plane ride home, for no particular reason. I think one of the reasons that trip was so good was because I wasnt expecting it to be. I pretty much know if we went back it probably wouldnt live up to my memories of it. I need a break!

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2 thoughts on “I Wish I Was There Now

  1. I stayed there with my parents as a kid. It had everything back then. Even a bowling alley! Glad to hear that they’ve kept it up so well AND that you were about to have a nice break.

  2. I’m glad you had a nice time. I love going to Florida, especially Key West. There is something about Miami and the southern part of Florida that is so refreshing and relaxing. Yes you can forget about your problems for a while. You walk down DuVall St in KW and think to yourself “ain’t life grand?” Then when you get home you think “well maybe not so much. still …” Until next year, I guess. Welcome back to reality …

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