Being in the US was oddly familiar, even though I'd never been to Ft Lauderdale before. It is one of the charms and, perversely, annoyances of so much of North America is that you will see the same stores, eat the same kinds of foods and stay in hotel rooms that look exactly like the one you stayed in somewhere else. For a weekend, however, it was fun to feel "at home."
One of the highlights for me was all the different kinds of food we could eat. Jamaica has good food, it just doesn't have a wide range on culinary options, especially in Montego Bay (Kingston has a better diversity of food.) In Florida we ate at a Mexican restaurant, a bakery cafe, a frozen yogurt shop, a seafood restaurant, an Italian place and an Irish pub (okay, we just drank Guinness there.) We would have eaten at more places if we hadn't run out of meals!
|Caesars at the Lauderdale Grill - their signature drink|
|View looking south on the beach...|
|View looking north.|
|They had marked off areas where the sea turtles lay their eggs. People were really good about observing these spots, although one dad was forever having to chase his toddler back out again.|
A colourful wall representing what the US does best - shopping! We got lots of important bits and pieces, things that you can't find or are quite expensive in Jamaica. There are a ton of stores focused on the yachting life in Ft. Lauderdale. We spent a long time in a giant West Marine store, which is kind of the Ikea equivalent for sailing.
|People-watching on the strip across from the beach - it was a bustling Saturday night out.|
|Wine, good company, some olives - what else does one need?|
We spent a considerable amount of time just chillin' in the hotel room. Those of you that have been to one of my many places, know that tv is a novelty I live without, (and there is none on the boat either) so we had lots of fun channel surfing.
|End of the day zen|
|Hotel picnic - wine, bread, cheese, grapes, cherry tomatoes, pastrami and chocolate - mmmmmm!|
|Back to normal now - well, sort of...|