|Simple Life's anchorage for over a month in Sunset Lake. Miami|
the orange arrow is pointing toward Simple Life
Photo by Bentley Smith
For those friends who are "holed up" in New England dealing with mounds of snow and ice we sympathize. We used to spend winters there and remember it all too well. This winter Joe and I appreciate that weather here in South Florida has been better than what you've endured, but we too have had our bouts with rough situations this season. Albeit no shoveling involved, but cold weather fronts have been relentless ushering in higher than normal winds along with cold fronts that tend to keep boaters stateside…and in all fairness it was 40 degrees in Miami Beach a week ago.
|The thong. A popular trend in fashion|
on South Beach
|The chaos of South Beach|
|One of our favorite hang outs at happy hour on|
|Hair stylist from|
on Espanola Way
|Venus of South Beach in a gallery on Lincoln Road|
|Welcome to Little Havana|
|The main street in Little Havana Calle Ocho ( 8th Street)|
notice the domino tiles in the mosaic
Many of the original Cuban immigrants still call this part of Miami home. Some have moved elsewhere in Miami, but still gather each day in Domino Park for a rousing and often raucous game of dominos.
|Seasoned domino players at Domino Park, Little Havana|
While visiting we met a few Cuban Americans who were children when they emigrated along with their families in the early 1960's. I asked one woman how she and other Cuban's of her generation felt about current political policies between the US and Cuba and the possibility of lifting travel ban restrictions. She eloquently explained that most Cubans who came to the US in the 1960's were not in favor because the old regime would still be in power. Most believe it will not benefit the Cuban majority and suspect it will only benefit wealthy businessmen. She was quite adamant and said she would never return to Cuba. It had been 53 years since she left Cuba with the clothes on her back. It was an enlightening conversation only to be interrupted when she was summoned to play dominos with her team at the table.
|Playing a tile|
|Hands of dominos.|
After a delicious lunch at a Cuban restaurant, we crossed Calle Ocho for homemade Cuban ice cream at Azucar it was nearly time to catch the 208 back to the transfer station for the 321 back to South Beach. Some of our best excursions seem to occur when we've been holed up in port.
|Ice cream at Azucar with Cuban|
singer Celia Cruz looking over us.
Sailing Simple Life even at anchor in a harbor always seems to offer unexpected opportunities for extraordinary experiences.
|Mural on the outside wall of the Little Havana Cigar Factory|
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