Miami, January 25, 2019

We awoke to the pounding of a jack hammer.  There is a good deal of construction going on in Miami.  Although we are on the 25th floor, we can hear and see the ongoing work.

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We took our time this morning.  I went in search of a Starbucks in order to satisfy our caffine needs and found one about three blocks away.  An hour later and before we knew it we were on our way.  I needed to stop by the local Apple store and there was one in the Brickel Center.  So, we strolled over there to have lunch and so I could purchase what I needed and left at home.

We had lunch at Big Easy.  We thought it referred to New Orleans but, no, it referred to a professional golfer by the name of Theodore Ernest Els, a South African,  It was very nice and we enjoyed our lunch.  As we walked down and back on Brickell Boulavard, I took the following photographs.  The first photo is of a Presbyterian Church which stands in stark contrast to the modern buildings all around.

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The area is modern and interesting.  Here are a couple of shots of the area.

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Here is a shot inside the Brickell Center, a modern and “open air” shopping center.

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And here is a shot of JoAnn inside the Brickell Center.  It is very nice and has a number of stores, many of which are up-scale.  It is a delight to visit, especially in the middle of winter when one is from the North East.

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On our way back I took this shot of a pelican.

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I stopped to take these photos of the pillars that support the W Hotel.  They reminded me of the heads on Easter Island.

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And this is a photo of a scuplture on a bridge spanning the Miami River.  It reflects local subjects and is quite striking.

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And here is a piece of street art that I liked.

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Before we knew it, we were back at the Epic and preparing for dinner.  We made a reservation at Boulud Sud, a Daniel Boulud restaurant.  We arrived at 7pm, as planned.  The place is modern and attractive.  Here is a shot of the inside taken from our table.  Its a little cockeyed because it was taken with my cell phone, looking backward over my shoulder.

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We truly enjoyed dinner.  We shared an artichoke small plate and an octopus appetizer.  JoAnn had sea bass as her entre and I had chicken tangine.  Our meals, and our server, were outstanding.  From there it was back to the Epic to prepare for tomorrow and the Celebrity Equinox.

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