Miami Beach - October, 2002

A business conference... at the Fontainebleau Hilton... a TigerDream-come-true

View of the hotel, from Collins Avenue... ...and interior elegance (dig those chandeliers)...
View from my 8th floor balcony:
the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast...
...and the skyline of downtown Miami
in the distance to the southwest.

Imagine the lights at night: the stars over the ocean, the steamers on the Gulf Stream, and the city lights on the other horizon. I slept out on that balcony for five nights!

The Fontainbleau backyard is a tropical paradise...

...complete with tiki huts and hammocks in the fine white musty sand...

A western view from the 4th floor, overlooking Collins Avenue and Indian Creek...

I did manage to spend some time outdoors during the conference.
A hotel employee offered to take my picture in the kiddie pool area...

A 1.5-mile boardwalk stretches south from the hotel, offering many wonderful sights...

I walked its 3-mile round-trip three times that week. And one of those times when I got to the other end, I just kept going, turning west and walking 2 more miles across the island to the Venetian Causeway, the oldest connection between Miami Beach and Miami. Built in 1912 as a wooden bridge, it now passes through five islands in the bay, four of which are man-made. The island just off the coast of Miami Beach, aptly named Belle Island, is the only natural island.

Standing on Belle Island looking west
down the Venetian Way toward Miami...
...and looking north from the bridge connecting
Belle Island with Miami Beach... that's Biscayne Bay...

By the time I made it back to the hotel, I had blisters on my feet, but it was worth it!

Sunrise, my last morning at the hotel...

Looking over the Atlantic Ocean to the east... ...and to the southwest as the dawn hits the skyline...

But I can't stop now... so here are four postcards I bought...

(Red arrow shows where I stayed. Also note the boardwalk.)

Little black spot marks my room... Fontainebleau Promo Postcard And one more... what a paradise...

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