A couple of weeks ago on one of the hottest weekends this summer I decided to visit my Mami.
I gathered my kids and my niece and drove to Miami Beach to get some good food and to spend time in the city with my mom.
We visited many places that we've been before and some new ones. We took the city bus around and stopped to buy some stuff, stopped by my mom's favorite clothing store, laughed and sweated like crazy and had some delicious food.
This is all the darn construction on The MacArthur Causeway on our way to Miami Beach.
The Miami Children's Museum with a Romero Britto sculpture at the entrance.
My youngest daughter took the last two photos while I was driving and once we got to my mami's place we left the car in the parking lot and walked for around 10 minutes to the bus stop.
Miami Beach buses cost only .25, are usually on time; and I don't have to worry about dealing with crazy drivers or paying anywhere from $2-$25 for parking.
Our first stop was this CVS pharmacy around Collins Ave.
Love the palm trees and the all the excitement of people on the streets because the area where we live is mainly consider a suburb, so we have to drive everywhere and we hardly see people walking around except when we go out to Downtown Ft Lauderdale.
This is the CVS pharmacy; as we can see it's open 24 hours and has everything inside from food, drinks, bikinis, sandals, books, detergent, medications, etc, etc, etc.
The cashiers all knew my mom and some of them remembered the kids (my girls and my niece) when they were little.
I'm not a tourist but I'm not a local either so this window of small tourist related stuff got my attention.
This building is across from the CVS and this sculpture in the front has always make me think?
Who is this warrior supposed to be? Is he a local Indian mix with European? Is he trying to defend the building or the area?
Why is he so big and the ship so small? How come he looks like he goes to the gym a lot? Why are his nipples so perfect? I mean please someone explain this things to me!
The New World Center Gardens are part of the New World Symphony building
design by Frank Gehry and another place we visited back in March.
I got this peachy beauty while waiting for the bus to pick us up to go to Macys.
I guess that Fanny and Edmund could have retired here!
This building is right across from the Miami Convention Center where we went to Art Basel
back in January of this year.
This the Temple Emanu-El Dove of Peace.
We were here back in February we saw a Seraphic Fire concert.
This used to be the last of the Burdines stores until it was closed back in 2005.
Burdines was a chain of stores that started back in 1896 in Florida. The stores used to have some funky colors and flamingos as part of their interior decorations.
As you can see all the funkiness is long gone!!!!!
DISCLAIMER: I DON'T KNOW THESE PEOPLE AND THEY DON'T KNOW ME OR HAVE ANY AFFILIATION WITH MY BLOG; THEY WERE JUST IN THE WAY.
Here I'm waiting for the bus to takes back to the area close to my mami's place so we can eat.
Talbots skirt, thrifted las month.
One of my old Target shirts.
Gold and gold-like necklaces, bracelets and earrings:
some were bought retail, others were present and thrifted.
Purple bag, a present brought to me from India from my close friend Shefali.
Took this photo while walking to my mami's place.
I see this building all the time and I love the art deco colors and structure underneath the windows.
This is one of the few houses that are still around the area; most houses have been turn into two or three storage sized condominiums.
The house's entire outside walls are covered with bougainvillaeas.
This arroz amarillo (yellow rice) and fricase de pollo ( chicken fricassee) done my mom's way.
Of course good and tasty vegetables; they looked good, tasted better and are very good for ones body.
This is my plate before consumption; I eat cilantro with everything and everyday if I can.
This is a way to end a hot Sunday visit to Miami Beach!