Miami Nice

We’ve cruised enough from Miami that we know the score – where to stay before the cruise, how to get to the hotel from the airport, how to get to the port itself. So it’s a pretty low-stress day after we get off the airplane.

Here’s the view from our hotel room at the Holiday Inn – Port of Miami. It isn’t the nicest Holiday Inn we’ve stayed in. It’s an Eisenhower era building reminiscent of the art deco hotels in South Beach – but it’s clean and comfortable, and the staff is friendly.

Can’t beat the location either. It is right across the street from the Bayside Mall and only a short cab ride from the cruise terminal.

After we got checked in we headed over to Chili’s at Bayside for a little Tex-Mex.

Nice view from the patio at Chili’s.

After lunch, we headed to a well-loved and remembered play area in a park down the street. In fact, the kids first went there in 2015 with Dave’s parents. They believed for a while that “going to Miami” meant visiting this park.

Veronica likes it too.

Not to mention Susannah.

Even Daddy got into the act.

Sarah and Maria hit the local pharmacy to stock up on Bonamine and cold meds. Dave took the kids swimming in the hotel’s pool. Grandpa had a nap.

Later on, Teddy got takeout pizza from the Mall food court and the girls had McNuggets from the world’s sleaziest McDonald’s not far away. I accompanied Sarah to get the Mickey D’s stuff. Can’t miss an opportunity like that.

Then it was off to bed. The Jewel of the Seas will be in here tomorrow.






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