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The 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been all over the news. No lie, I’d take a category-5 hurricane over an earthquake any day. New Zealand is such a beautiful country, the north and south islands, and I can’t wait for the day I get to go back.

This is what Cathedral Square looked like when I visited Christchurch:

This is what it looks like since the 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit:

Nothing says ‘staycation’ like a trip south to Miami.  I think the last time I went to Vizcaya was … maybe in elementary school?!  For the Renaissance Festival, I think.  In other words, it’s been awhile.

Who can resist a National Historic Landmark? Especially one as beautiful as Vizcaya.  The weather was perfect, a beautiful bridal photo shoot was happening, tourists were fluttering about and I even learned a thing or two.  What more could I ask for on a day off of work!?


Bye Bye 1515 Condo

Originally uploaded by luvjnx

This 30-story condo at 1515 S. Flagler Drive, got demolished on Sunday morning.  (According to the article, it was the 3rd largest implosion in the US?!)  Happy Valentine’s Day, huh?  It was an eyesore and asbestos-filled, so the people of West Palm Beach were not sad to see it go.  (I’m sure the vultures and rats said otherwise.)

Normally, a construction-related event would not move my arse to get up before 8 a.m. on a weekend, but  I thought this was something I had to see.  We drove over to the island (Palm Beach) and settled just east of the intracoastal, a little south of the Okee Bridge.  Now, I don’t know what weekend mornings are usually like at this hour, but I don’t think it’s as bustling as it was.  Seriously, you would think they were giving away Tiffany bracelets on Worth Avenue or something.  Traffic was backed up and we had to park at least three blocks out, and people, dogs, babies, the news … everyone was up and out to check this out!

Last night we went to a place called The Trawler. It lured us in with its fun, tourist-attracting boat-shaped exterior. Oh yeah, and the promise of fresh seafood (well, that last one just lured JP in).

And the jury says: Thanks, but no thanks, Trawler. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t let’s-come-back-this-weekend good, either.

Anywho, my point is not the restaurant review – rather the fact that being inside a restaurant with a doorway entrance and four solid walls is not sooo common. In fact, aside from The Trawler, I can’t remember the last restaurant we went to that resembed a Chili’s/Friday’s/etc… type of restaurant/design. Oh wait…we did go to the SLSC for dinner one night a month ago or so. (The SLSC is Surf Life Saving Club, and you’ll find them located on every beachfront. They serve cheap food and grog, and usually have pokies.)
Most restaurants around the Gold Coast prefer to offer their customers an al fresco dining experience. It’s so great to people-watch and eat dinner…

Typical restaurant set up in Broadbeach:

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