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We took a red-eye flight from LAX to MIA, transfer at Minneapolis. Then we got a car from Fox, whose service was horrible. We had lunch at Latin Cafe 2000 which was a great Cuban food place. Then we drove right up to Orlando and stayed at Holiday Inn Express Lake Buena Vista.
We’ve been to the one in SoCal a couple of times, so we decided to just cover the difference. Epcot is the delta, Soarin is a great ride we took, which also existed in SoCal and actually it took you to glide over California! Honestly, the one in LA is better because you can’t really find the edge of the spherical screen.
See the sophisticated facial and detailed armor from ancient Chinese emperor tomb. The real things in Xi’an is more impressive you should know! I love Chinese culture.
In the afternoon we hopped to Hollywood Studio. The horror tower is something I always got scared by the waiting line in SoCal. This time, I got in. The deco was great and the ride is… omg… screamin… and I almost got tears when I walked out of the elevator, but it’s a good one!
And this is a super adorable decoration I saw there, how much a girl can look forward a pickup in crystal pumpkin carriage? All my girly thoughts started to surface at that night and flushed the engineer girl out of the picture completely. :D And so happy my friends were happy together too.
And that ended our day in Disney. :D And stayed at the same place for the night.
We drove back to Mimai that day and had lunch at Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish. Then we headed directly to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We arrived like one hour before the museum closes and two hours before the garden closes. Good thing is, they have student ticket. Anyway, we decided to squeeze into the hour.
That night we drove to South Coast, hanging out their for the night. I super love the nightlife there! Loud music all the way along the ocean, live dance, music. And giant glass of cocktail. And giant plate of food, hot waitress and happy happy people. We walked along the dark shore for a while, got waves rinsing our bare feet warmly, which surprised us that Miami is acturally warmer than LA! Then we dined and drank at Ocean’s Ten which I really recommend the drink and the seafood rice. :D
For the night, we stayed at a relative cheap hotel on the Ocean, which is called Beach Paradise Hotel and I gave only one star to it.
We drove to Key West in the morning and hanging out along the way. We stopped at old seven mile bridge and walked around. In this pic, I was standing on the old one and looking at the new seven mile on the left.
Then we paid a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s House who spent part of his life there with a fashion designer wife, with his six-toed cat. It’s a very cute white house, with palm trees and so many trees in the yard. Living there surely can lead the relaxing and idea-popping life. Guess I need a similar place too. And btw, there’s a Julia St. on Key West, guess I can have discount to settle down there?
We had our lunch + dinner at Six Toed Cat Cafe. Then we walked down to the Southernmost point of US continent and saw the funny sign of “the Conch Republic” which we wiki.ed before that Key West major got creative one time and declared the independence for a bit, funny :D. For the buoy, I didn’t try to get a clear shot, sorry and no refunds.
And for the night we stayed at Days Inn on Key West.
Thanks to Vincent, I knew of Dry Tortugas National Park, and we decided to take a day and go there with Yankee Freedom. And the water there was just so blue.
On our way back, I won the Texas Hold’em btw. :)
After we were ashore, we got dinner at Eaton Street Seafood Market and got some fresh jumbo stone crab legs.
We drove up to Florida City afterward and stayed at Ramada Florida City.
Everglades! We started to drive from the visitor center at Royal Palm into the one at Flamingo and stopped by at several trails. Most of them are pretty easy like 2-mile loop but can see different types of wildlife which is pretty sweet. During our first trail, we saw an alligator and an owl on our second trail. And there are a lot of animals spotted at Anhinga trail!
And a turtle:
For the plantation there, most are wild plain and swamp, where the water is pumped into the NP by human now.
This is some “wrapper” plant that grows upon other trees, wraps it and sucks the nutrition which is pretty scary.
For the night we dined at Captain’s Restaurant & Seafood Market and stayed at the same Ramada.
Since the glass bottom boat is not on run due to Sandy on east coast. We decided to drive back south to Key Largo for the trip to view more colorful coral reef viewing with Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat.
On our way going out into the ocean, there’re two cute sea gulls always flying with us.
And when we stopped and view the bottom of the ocean with all nature light, it was amazing and beautiful. But the effect through camera sucked so much. But the colorful coral and different fish going across made me want to learn diving now. Also, we saw some pieces of ship wrecks lying at bottom, defeated by pirates long time ago.
Later, we drove back to Miami and had awesome lunch at Yambo Restaurant. Then we walked around Calle Ocho, Little Havanas, got a set of dominoes and saw pretty cute wall paintings.
Then for the night, it’s the count-down day and we went to Bayside Market which was full of people came for party :D And there were 4 hours away to year 2013.
And Miami Heat’s AAA :D
We did a bit shopping there a got a cute set of agates wind chimes. Then we drove back to Comfort Inn with some instant noodle and watched Big Apple countdown for the New Year :D
Early morning, we flew back to LA. And had a AYCE hot pot at SGV for celebration of the new year. :D