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Scenes From South Beach January 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

The next morning, after driving through downtown Miami on Route 1, we crossed the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, where we hopped on A1A to take in the sights, sounds, and scenes of South Beach.

We loved seeing the Art Deco buildings ~ with over 700 in the Historic District, we caught sight of more than a few, including the Delano and National Hotel.

I spotted my initials on the front porch of the National Hotel.

Art Deco architecture arrived on the scene during the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.

It’s characterized by symmetry, ziggurat (stepped) rooflines, and decorative sculptural panels.

Set against the backdrop of a blue sky ~> c’est magnifique!  As were the palms.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Rainee - January 25, 2018

Looks lovely Nancy.

nrhatch - January 25, 2018

Blue skies + Sunshine! 😀

2. Jill Weatherholt - January 25, 2018

I always love to see the palms. Thanks for sharing, Nancy. I feel as though I’ve taken a little vacation. 🏝

nrhatch - January 25, 2018

Yay! I love it when the weather cooperates ~> driving up A1A reminded me of cutting school in high school to “cruise the beach.”

3. Kate Crimmins - January 25, 2018

Very beautiful. I’ve been watching the Versace series and I’m struck by the beauty of the architecture in the area.

nrhatch - January 25, 2018

We enjoyed seeing so many of the Art Deco buildings that were saved from the “wrecking ball.”

4. L. Marie - January 25, 2018

Great photos! Gotta love art deco. Chicago has many buildings with an art deco style too.

nrhatch - January 25, 2018

That’s right! I had forgotten about the Art Deco buildings in Chicago. Thanks for the reminder.

5. Tiny - January 25, 2018

Thank you for this great ‘preview’, I’ll be going there in March…been 15 years 🙂

nrhatch - January 25, 2018

My pleasure! Monday’s post will be focused on Route A1A from Miami Beach to Boca Raton ~ also featuring Blue Sky + Sunshine.

Tiny - January 25, 2018

Look forward to that!!

6. Joanne Sisco - January 25, 2018

I just learned something new – ziggurat. Not only that, I didn’t realize that was a common feature of the Art Deco style. I think I’m going to have more respect for that architectural feature in the future.

The stuff we learn from our virtual friends 🙂

nrhatch - January 26, 2018

And the stuff our virtual friends learn from a quick google. 😀

Joanne Sisco - January 27, 2018

What did we do before the internet?! 😉

nrhatch - January 27, 2018

We had to figure out other ways to “distract” ourselves! 😀

7. Behind the Story - January 25, 2018

I especially like the next to last photo with the bikes and all those stepped roof lines in shadow and sun, the arches and pillars, and what looks like a peek at the ocean in the background.

nrhatch - January 26, 2018

Thanks, Nicki. The ocean, for most of the drive, was to our right . . . and often in sight!

8. Ally Bean - January 26, 2018

Gorgeous. I’ve heard about South Beach my whole life. Thanks for the pics and the info. Coolness.

nrhatch - January 26, 2018

We’re not “city people” but we enjoyed seeing the ritzy glitzy moneyed storied places from South Beach to Boca Raton.

Next trip will take in a few more ~ including Palm Beach. 😀

Ally Bean - January 26, 2018

Palm Beach and the surrounding area I’m familiar with. Have family there, but South Beach I have yet to visit.

nrhatch - January 26, 2018

I would like to take the Art Deco tour of South Beach next time ~ it’s a 2-3 hour walking tour.

9. Debra - February 1, 2018

I recall South Beach making an impression on me! It was glitzy, for sure. But as you point out, the skies and the palms…very appealing. I think that’s where I picked up a coconut from the street and brought it home! You sure couldn’t fly with a coconut in your suitcase now, I don’t suspect. 🙂

nrhatch - February 1, 2018

“Ma’am . . . I’m sorry but that coconut will HAVE to be put in your checked luggage.” 😀

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