Epcot Center, Orlando, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, work sent me to Disney this past week, and because I am who I am, I spent one of my free afternoons wandering around Epcot, taking pictures of the Garden Festival topiaries.     Yep, I really am that predictable.

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Morikami Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, Florida
















The gardens at the Morikami Japanese Garden and Museum were definitely the highlight of my trip to Florida. It’s an absolutely gorgeously done garden, with a progression of well labelled styles. We didn’t explore the main museum building (other than their awesome gift shop), but the Yamato-san (the original museum building) has a great exhibit called Japan Through the Eyes of a Child that was a ton of fun to go through.

There was also bonsai, and rock gardens, and carp, and it was just a lovely place to wander through. I blame it almost entirely for the intense garden itch I am now unable to do anything with since returning to the arctic tundra of Maine.

Miami Beach, Florida











I went down to Florida to stay with my father and C, and my sister flew in from LA to join us. On one of our full days, we traveled down to Miami. My step-sister A, who lives in the area full time, took us on a driving tour through Miami proper (we were there on Sunday, so it was surprisingly dead), before we parked in South Beach and wondered around for a bit.

The art deco buildings are pretty damn cool, and we stumbled upon Espanola Way, which is a pedestrian street that feels like you must have stepped into some Mediterranean country. We stopped and had lunch at a street cafe, which was quite possibly the best people watching experience of my entire life. It’s a fantastic place, well worth visiting.