|Cooling down after a beach workout|
Looking out of my window this morning at the beautiful sunshine made me have a flashback of a very memorable experience that I had during one of my vacations this summer. It was my second day in South Beach in Miami, Florida. I don’t know if it was the excitement of the trip or the fact that we’d gone to bed so early the night before, but I woke up before the sun did at 5am. After taking a walk to the nearby Walgreens to get bottled water and snacks for the rest of our travel buddies, my travel companion and I dropped off the goods and went to the beach to watch the sun rise. Watching the sun rise over the ocean was the most breath taking experience. Once the sun was high in the sky we ran on the beach and did calisthenics. It was THE most exhilarating experience I’ve had in a long time.
|Relaxing in my favorite bikini|
After the workout we changed into our swim wear and went in search of breakfast by strolling Ocean Drive to find which restaurant had the best deal. We settled on Carlyle’s and were pleased with our smoked salmon and spinach omelets. After breakfast we went back to the beach to swim and soak up some sunshine for a few hours. While the sun is delightful, it can be draining so we headed back to the hotel to rest, shower, change and check in with our friends, who were JUST waking up. They were just getting their day started, but at this point we were ready for lunch.
|Our oyster appetizer|
We strolled down Ocean Drive again, this time dressed in light fabrics and linens turning heads and graciously accepting compliments. It was hard to make a choice about which restaurant to settle on because all of them had very tantalizing offers with waitresses posted out front passing out colorful post cards showing how their restaurant had the best deal. Just when I thought that deciding on one would be impossible I saw a waiter at the next restaurant carrying a tray of all of my favorite foods to a family of three….lobster, oysters, shrimp…My choice had been made. “I want that!” I exclaimed.
|One of the BEST meals I've ever had!|
Needless to say the platter tasted as good as it looked, the chilled bottle of Pinot Grigio was the perfect pairing and the company and conversation were the icing on the cake to make for a perfect experience, the best one I had during my stay in South Beach.
I’ll never forget that day.