Our vacations are usually a program of contrasts. This one is no different. We are staying at one of Miami's best (in my mind, the best) hotels, but we ride public transportation. We get to experience various facets of life.
Downtown Miami offers free elevated train service, which is handy if you are staying in the area. The Miami Metro (offers free wifi) runs parallel to US1, which is handy if you have no car or want to avoid heavy traffic on the main north-south route. A ride costs $2, whereas a taxi might set you back $30 to $40. The view from the elevated tracks is better than one enjoys in a car.
The hotel is on Brickell Key, where one needs no car. It makes no sense to rent a car and pay for parking in the hotel garage. We will rent one for our later trip up the coast, by here we want to stay put most of the time.
Brickell Key is a quasi-idyllic world on the edge of Miami urban sprawl.. Although massive condominium buildings that house the wealthy crowd the small, artificial inland, it is ideal for morning walks or runs around the perimeter. It offers marvelous views of Brickell, downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, Fisher Island, Biscayne Bay, the cruise ship port, and South Beach skyline.
We have had only excellent food at this hotel (see, I promised to be positive) at reasonable--compared to Europe--prices. I have found nothing to complain about (which tough for a cynic!). I could comment of the people I see, but people are the same everywhere. There is plenty to cringe about in the newspaper each day, but I am on vacation...
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.