Archives for the month of: February, 2013
Maine Beach
February 2013

Leave the beach towel at home
and bring the cross-country skis. 

It’s the same ocean, the same continent, and the same time of year; but, these two beaches are vastly different.

Florida Beach
February 2013

Welcome to Paradise. 
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Maine Beach
February 2013

Leave the beach towel at home
and bring the cross-country skis. 

It’s the same ocean, the same continent, and the same time of year; but, these two beaches are vastly different.

Florida Beach
February 2013

Welcome to Paradise. 
Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise:
Feb. 26, 2013. The photo was taken at the
corner of A1A and Granada Street. 
One of two large fish constructed using recycled plastic bottles.
Located at the corner of A1A and Las Olas Blvd., the
art work sends a powerful message about recycling.
 
Ft. Lauderdale’s Walk of Fame:
Connie Francis put Ft. Lauderdale on the
map as a Spring Break destination spot with

 the hit song and film, Where The Boys Are. 
The City has never been the same since. 
Tennis Champion Chris Evert started her
career on the Ft. Lauderdale
Tennis Courts. 

Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise:
Feb. 26, 2013. The photo was taken at the
corner of A1A and Granada Street. 
One of two large fish constructed using recycled plastic bottles.
Located at the corner of A1A and Las Olas Blvd., the
art work sends a powerful message about recycling.
 
Ft. Lauderdale’s Walk of Fame:
Connie Francis put Ft. Lauderdale on the
map as a Spring Break destination spot with

 the hit song and film, Where The Boys Are. 
The City has never been the same since. 
Tennis Champion Chris Evert started her
career on the Ft. Lauderdale
Tennis Courts. 

Amazing what you will find in Ft. Lauderdale. Here are two Desert Tortoises that I came across. The female Tortoise will lay eggs after being impregnated, but the humid Florida climate will prevent the eggs from hatching. Florida is home to many non-indigenous species, which have arrived by human activity, either deliberately or accidentally. Some introduced species are damaging the ecosystem such as the Boa Constrictor and Python, others have no negative effect such as these Tortoises. 

A few days ago, I mentioned that Fort Lauderdale reminded me of Nice France without the cafes. Well, yesterday, I discovered the Euro Bread Cafe, a “French style cafe” not far from the beach. Unfortunately, the cafe is merely mediocre. The croissants and coffee are okay. The sandwiches, entrees, and desserts are overly priced, and the service substandard. There is Wi-Fi and outdoor seating, but the restaurant’s overall low quality doesn’t make it a recommendation. If you want an authentic croissant, you better head to France. 

A few days ago, I mentioned that Fort Lauderdale reminded me of Nice France without the cafes. Well, yesterday, I discovered the Euro Bread Cafe, a “French style cafe” not far from the beach. Unfortunately, the cafe is merely mediocre. The croissants and coffee are okay. The sandwiches, entrees, and desserts are overly priced, and the service substandard. There is Wi-Fi and outdoor seating, but the restaurant’s overall low quality doesn’t make it a recommendation. If you want an authentic croissant, you better head to France. 

Florida’s Endless Sand Beaches
versus

Maine’s Winter Wonderland

New England is experiencing its third consecutive weekend with snow, and I’ve escaped to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the week. It feels like paradise: sunny skies, light winds and temperatures in the low 80s! It sounds weird, but it reminds me of Nice, France with a touch of Orange County, California. There are plenty of scantly clad people walking the streets, but darn if I can find a French cafe.

Intercoastal Waterway
Ft. Lauderdale



Reptile Sunning Along
The Intercoastal Waterway

Florida’s Endless Sand Beaches
versus

Maine’s Winter Wonderland

New England is experiencing its third consecutive weekend with snow, and I’ve escaped to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the week. It feels like paradise: sunny skies, light winds and temperatures in the low 80s! It sounds weird, but it reminds me of Nice, France with a touch of Orange County, California. There are plenty of scantly clad people walking the streets, but darn if I can find a French cafe.

Intercoastal Waterway
Ft. Lauderdale



Reptile Sunning Along
The Intercoastal Waterway

I stay at a lot of hotels, and my biggest complaint is not the cleanliness, the comfort of the beds, or size of the room. That’s generally not a problem. Most moderately priced hotels provide adequate if not good service. 

My biggest complaint is the printing (labeling) on the complimentary shampoo, hair conditioner, and body lotion provided by the hotels. It’s too small to read. Even with glasses, it’s sometimes difficult to read. I don’t know how many times, I’ve mistaken the hair conditioner for the shampoo or the body lotion for the conditioner.

Hotels spend millions of dollars on amenities to make their guests feel at home. Why not spend a little of that money on product identification? The name and logo of the hotel always seems to be legible. As I’ve said many a time, it’s the little things in life that differentiate the good from the merely adequate.