Recently my mother and I went on vacation together. We really haven't spent this much time together since we took too many high schoolers to Europe. That was nothing like this trip. We met up in Houston and flew into Miami together. We had decided to arrive a day early for our cruise. That gave us some leeway to make sure we had our luggage and anything else we may need to purchase before getting on the boat. We quickly found our shuttle to the hotel, checked in and I promptly crashed. Exhaustion had set in at that point. The day before I was up at 6am and packing our belongings up to head home from the Firs Chalet. Upon arriving at home I quickly started laundry, went grocery shopping, visited a little with John's brother who was in town, and finished packing for Miami. I took the shuttle to Seattle but it left at 1:40am to arrive at 4:40am. My plane left at 7:40. Continental and United had merged that night at midnight and all boarding passes that were issued on line had to be reissued. Some people were having major problems and were waiting over 1 hour. I just walked up, scanned my passport, they called for my luggage, I checked it walked through security without waiting and was at the terminal. I think it took me all of 30 minutes. Piece of cake.
South Beach Miami is home to the largest neighborhood in the Art Deco Style. But like anything else, Miami changed it to be more like Miami - they added color and lots of it. The Art Deco Style originally was introduced in Paris but it caught on in Miami South Beach like nowhere else. The rounded corners, geometric lines, glass blocks, and decorative symbols are all indications of Art Deco. As with the bright and pastel colors that Miami added they added something else to many of the buildings. Since there wasn't any air conditioning in the 1920s when the Deco Art building were constructed they created these "eyebrows" over the windows to produce shade and decrease the amount of heat inside. Art Deco isn't really my style but I do appreciate the style now that I know more about it.