|Waiting for the bus in front of South Beach post office. Palm trees along the road, very typical Miami.|
We took a long bus route that brought us to some interesting (read: unsafe) corners of Downtown Miami. You wouldn’t want to go there at night. Cheap diners, convenience shops, people with shady characters walking on the streets, nothing much to see really. Best to be avoided altogether. Let’s just stay nearer to the shores where the views are much nicer.
|Welcome to Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami.|
|Many boats at the bay.|
|Our first stop: Hard Rock Café for lunch.|
|Plain nachos. Twisted mac & cheese with shrimps.|
It was almost a thing for me to sample the twisted mac & cheese at different HRCs around the world when I travel. So far I’ve never been disappointed – perfection every time! The nachos came in a huge serving, couldn’t finish it even though we shared.
|Then we walked around Bayfront Park. Some nice shops around there selling souvenirs.|
|American Airlines Arena. This photo means a lot to me coz AA realized my dream to travel around USA with cheap fare. I heart AA!|
|Cars here don’t have license plate at the front. Weird. Like looking at a man with no mouth.|
|Miami Mover. Ride around town is free. Didn’t try it though, coz it doesn’t go to any of the touristic places.|
|This lovely Indonesian lady came to say hi to us. She lives in Kentucky and was on vacation with her family. Had a blast speaking Malay in Downtown Miami!|
|A statue of Nelson Mandela, one of the many erected at Bayfront Park.|
We then headed back to the hotel to drop off the our purchases, before deciding where to go next. Fiza suggested that we should find the Miami Ink tattoo shop. I quickly googled it up and found out that it was actually nearby the post office that we went to this morning! So off we went to look for it, hoping to catch the sight of Ami James and Chris Nuñez in action.
|Found it! Woohoo!!!|
|Inside the shop. It was a tattoo studio cum merchandise store. Bought myself that white top with goldfish. Designed by Ami James, of course.|
|Super duper excited to see Yoji Harada in the flesh!|
|Fiza got lucky with Guy “Neutron” Sahar!|
I was a little disappointed that the pics at Miami Ink were a bit blurry. Perhaps because I was too excited my hands were shaking! I didn’t use my DSLR (too shy to take it out) so these were taken using my iPhone. Couldn’t be expecting too much from such little piece of gadget, could we?
We then walked to the beach, to get a taste of what we normally see on CSI: MIAMI. The wide sandy beach. The blue waters. Beautiful people flaunting their beautiful bodies. I was almost hoping to see Horatio Caine with his sunglasses B-)
|Really appreciate that the city’s effort to put the blue “carpet” on the sand, so that wheelchair users and babies in strollers can go to the beach. Very thoughtful I must say.|
|Enjoying a sunset stroll on South Beach…|
|…and loving every minute of it!|
|As the sun goes down, the lights go up...|
|…and it’s time to party South Beach style!|