Tuesday, October 16, 2012


We began our day with breakfast overlooking the beach.  Sunshine, palms trees, gentle sea breeze….and dollar Bud Lights!  We passed on the Buds, but it’s not often we get offered them for breakfast.

About this time our trip took a little detour.  Back in Key West, while carrying luggage up to our room, I bumped my head pretty hard.  Soon after, I started seeing flashes of light in my right eye, then big floaters, then lots of tiny bubbles in my eye.  Called my STL eye doctor and he told me to get to a retinal specialist.  Found one here in Ft. Lauderdale and we spent six hours at his clinic.  I had a torn and partially detached retina and had laser surgery to fix it.  Activities are a bit limited now…no Bahamas, no boat rides and no bungee jumping.
No matter, we are still in Ft. Lauderdale…the Venice of America.  Ft. Lauderdale has over 300 miles of navigable canals which are sailed by over 50,000 locally-owned yachts.  The canals are part of the inter-coastal waterway and stretch from the Atlantic to the Everglades.  Our balcony overlooks some of the canals and we have an eagle eye view of some of the incredible homes and their private docks.  I had no idea this was here!

On the other side of this hotel is the Atlantic and the Ft. Lauderdale Riverwalk.  A1A is between the hotel and the beach.  On this side of A1A are shops, restaurants and clubs….plenty of places to relax and enjoy.  On the other side of A1A is the beach.  22 miles of beautiful sand and sea! 

We ended our day with watching the sunset from the balcony (Well, actually only Mona watched the sunset…I sat inside with dark glasses on…pretending to be Elwood.)  and then walked down the street to enjoy dinner under the stars.  Gotta love this city!

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