The Hollywood/Miami Connection

We chose Hollywood FL as our base for exploring Florida’s southern Atlantic coast. Neither of us had spent any time in this area and were interested in what it had to offer. We stayed in a Broward County Park located about a mile from the commuter train to Miami and 3 miles from Hollywood Beach.

That’s the commuter train not far from the Tin Can. It is amazing what you can ignore when you find a location that perfectly fits your needs. If the campground was a parking lot beside a train track, the park itself was lovely. It had a 2 1/2 mile walking trail(Pat was happy) and beautiful grounds. Despite the urban setting there are a lot of birds. One day we saw a flock of wild green parrots come through. They are really noisy.

We didn’t spend a great deal of time in camp. The idea was to explore the area. We made the short trip to Hollywood Beach to check out the boardwalk and ocean. Hurricane damage was still visible.

While checking out the commuter train station we saw a sign for a Farmers Market. We never pass up a chance for local flavor. This market was a sprawling affair that included food vendors, crafts, coffee and lots of ethnic fare.

We found the food stall with the longest line and queued up. It was a Venezuelan place, Carne En Vara(meat on a stick). It did not disappoint. Shelly contacted a friend from elementary school who spends part of the year in Boca Raton. Andy and his wife Carolyn served up a lovely meal while we reminisced. Great fun. We woke early, walked to the commuter train and headed into Miami for an overnight visit. The plan was to meet Shelly’s sister Ellen and her husband Rory for a couple of days of fun in downtown Miami.We checked into our hotel and then headed to Little Havana for lunch and sightseeing.We where pleasantly surprised by all the public art throughout the city. Here’s some of what we saw in Little Havana.

We walked into Domino Park during a tournament. The whole neighborhood was alive with activity.

What visit to Miami would be complete without a visit to South Beach. We soon realized that we were too old for the frantic pace of this part of Miami. However we did enjoy walking around and enjoying the architecture.

The entrance to the former Versace home.

On South Beach with RoryFrom South Beach we rolled on to the Wynnwood section of town. This part of town has been turned into an outdoor museum with its world famous murals.

We want Miles!

Lots of sidewalk graffiti.

Miami is a surprisingly attractive city, interesting architecture and lots of public art.

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