Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Tour of Vizcaya

The cold has finally come to Miami!  Well, at least this weekend it has been in the 50's at night, and mid-60's during the day.  Friday was a beautiful day outside, a perfect 69 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  My husband and I both donned sweaters and decided to celebrate our 2 month anniversary a little early, since he works late on the actual day.

We got a quick "breakfast" (this was about 1:30 in the afternoon) at Dunkin Doughnuts because their toasted bagel and egg combos are amazing!  And then we headed over to this amazing museum/mansion called Vizcaya.  Vizcaya used to be the winter residence of James Deering during the early 1900's, but is now a museum open to the public.  He designed the mansion with inspirations from the Italian Renassiance, French, and Neo-Classicism.  Not only does this tour include limited access to the house, but free range among his 10 acre gardens and maze.

We opted out of the guided tour, and explored this historic landmark on our own.  I was first told about this place from a good friend of my mom, who told me it was "a photographer's dream."  She was definitely not exaggerating, this place was so inspiring!  Spiral staircases, huge paintings, intricate tapestries, and hidden passageways make this house quite magical.

We spent two hours there (and later watched Marie Antoinette at home, feeling inspired by French architecture and the whole palace/mansion scene), but decided to continue taking advantage of the gorgeous day.  Israel and I drove up to Key Biscayne, parked, rolled up our jeans and walked along the beautiful beach.  We spread out a blanket and enjoyed the sun setting as we listened to the soulful voice of Otis Redding on Israel's phone.  It was a memorable and perfect day to celebrate two blissful months of marriage.

Israel was determined to find a door he could open... and finally, on the top floor he found a utility closet he was able to open.  :)

The gorgeous grounds surrounding Vizcaya

 Our little spot at Key Biscayne 

This hat seems to be quite versatile ;)

Happy 2 months to the most loving and understanding husband!  I love you, honey!!


  1. Mi amor! Happy 2 months to you!! I love you so much! :) The Vizcaya experience was really fantastic! It was fun to try and open those doors while the security guards weren't around! ;)

    And that hat is certainly most versatile!

    I love you!

  2. And also to try and take pictures when those guards weren't around for that either! ;) I love you!!

  3. That looks like such a fun time! :)

  4. LIKE LIKE LIKE! Congrats, you two! That looks beautiful.