Monday, July 18, 2011

Beach Weekend

We enjoyed an extended weekend two weeks ago at our friends vacation home in South Beach, Florida. We have been generously invited each year to return to their beautiful condo for a celebration of Canada Day and the fourth of July.

The view of the beach from the 37th floor is even more exquisite when the vista is duplicated from the terrace at each end of the condominium home. The bright morning sun shines boldly on the north terrace, and so ..... to the south terrace off of the kitchen is where we retreat for breakfast.
And at the end of the day, the shaded coolness of the north terrace off of the living room is the perfect spot to linger over a cocktail.

I am more of a lounge by the pool kind-of-girl ..... and enjoy frequent dips in the clear water. But this year we spent our days at the beach front of the property. I gained a new appreciation for the ocean; as long as the salt water is out of my eyes I'm happy at the ocean.

View from the north terrace at night.

Our hostess enjoys her birthday each year with a spectacular view of fireworks for as far as the eye can see. She is a fourth of July birthday girl, and we tease her saying that the entire nation put on the pyrotechnics display just for her.

This year we ventured to FountaineBleu in Miami Beach, for cocktails and dinner.
It was delightful to wander through the lobby and grounds imagining back to 1954 when the resort first opened. The resort has been graciously restored and the original highlights enhance. The vintage charm of the 'Staircase to Nowhere' and bow-tie design marble floors draw curious visitors into the 17,000 sq foot main lobby. It is there with the draped golden toned chandeliers, and the distinct collaboration of deco a'la '70's mod mixed with a touch of present day decor, that the happy hour doesn't skip a beat. It is most definitely requires two bevies to take in the sights around the lobby bar.

This is GLAMOUR and Style from an Era gone by.......... that we lovingly hang on to.

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