Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A drive down the strip

Saturday morning we decided to drive over to visit my parents in Fort Lauderdale, which is on the east coast of Florida, about an hour and 15 minutes away. Jerrid and I are currently located over on the west coast of Florida, since that is where his team is based. The drive is quite painless, a straight shot on the I-75. The road is nicknamed the "Alligator Alley" once you hit the road to connect you from the west coast to the east coast since it runs right across the Everglades which is very populated with alligators, as well as annoying insects. It's a pretty boring drive with not much to see, but can end up being a nightmare if you forget to fill up your gas tank, since there is no exit for the first 50 miles!

We had a nice day with my parents, and my neices were over, kissing the baby and being the perfect little nannies.

Jerrid and I slipped out for a bit and headed on over to the mall to walk around and enjoy some time to ourselves. We noticed an exquisite little kiosk that was selling the cutest jewelry pieces for great prices!

Jerrid spotted an adorable Hello Kitty necklace and thought I just had to have it. I picked it up and wore it as soon as we paid!

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When it was time for us to head on back to the other side, we thought we should drive by South Beach just to cure our nostalgia! We used to love going out there basically every time Jerrid came to visit, but it's been a while since either one of us has even smelled the air down there!

We hit the 95 southbound and began to sight see, as if we were tourists!

I snapped picks out the window of the car, but of course its always tough to get great pictures in such darkness.

Here are a few pictures I snapped during my tourist escapade.

Making that left turn onto Washington...
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DASH store on South Beach. I guess I expected it to be more...glamorous...
but then again, everything on South Beach is crummy on the outside.
One day I'm going to need to check out the interior of the store!
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The line of party people outside of Sobe Live.
It makes me laugh how they love to keep people outside making it seem like
the party is poppin', but once you make it in...its not all that great...
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The famous old movie theater style announcement board atop
MANSION night club.
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The tattoo parlor featured on TLC's Miami Ink!
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A glimpse over at CAMEO night club
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The exquisite LOEWS Hotel
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The beautiful Hotel Victor on Ocean Drive
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Versace's house on Ocean Drive
People are always crowded around the gorgeous
front gates to the house to grab a photo
If you did not know, Versace was shot and killed right in front of the gates to his house, and it took a very long time to finally clean the blood stains from the stairs.
It's a sad story.
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The lights to the Colony Hotel on Ocean Drive
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I just wanted to share my pictures with you, I hope you enjoyed them!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend filled with lots of fun, family, friends, and LOVE!

xoxo,
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22 comments:

  1. These are great pictures Katrina!!
    Wow, i wish i could visit some time soon, never been to Florida!

    I loveee Miami ink...i dunno, i'm scared of getting a tatoo but i just love watching why people do it and hearing their stories!

    Hope little J doing good!

    Kisses,
    Shirley

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  2. these pics remind me of our last trip to Florida which was last September. we actually went to Florida for our honeymoon in 2002. I really like Florida because of the climate (not the hurricanes though). and of course I love to go shop at all those gorgeous malls like Sawgrass Mills, Dolphin Mall etc. gosh I want to go again :(

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  3. That necklace is very cute!

    Aww man, I wish I lived in the states :( It's my dream to go there one day.

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  4. Great pic's for it being night time!! Love the necklace!

    Do you know if the guys actually work in that tattoo shop or is it just used as a base for the TV show?? =)

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  5. oh gosh!!!!! so much memories, Im almost teary eyed. I remember those places

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  6. Argh! Katrina!
    You just took me back!
    I was just in SOBE about 6 weeks ago and wanna go back
    SoBe Live, Cameo, Mansion, Dash Store, i stayed at the victor-- GOSH i hateeeee DC! LOL

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  7. cute HK necklace! and wow, Versace's house is gorgeous!

    have a happy wednesday katrina! :P

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  8. Great pictures and such unique places to visit(i live in Greece)Love the HK necklace!!!

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  9. I love all the pictures! it made me feel like i was right there in Miami! LOL. Driving in Florida is no joke! i remember our taxi guy having to pay a toll everywhere. Good find on the necklace..you trained jerrid well ;)

    i think its awesome that you guys still make time for each other. A lot of young parents now a days don't do that anymore and then wonder why they aren't together.

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  10. awww honey looks like you had alot of fun, loved the pictures gives me an insight into that miami life lol.

    btw: i tagged you in this post:

    http://laalaaonline.blogspot.com/2009/08/freaking-fabulous.html

    enjoy beautiful xo

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  11. hey girl@ thankz for posting the pictures of Florida and giving and sharing with us a little tour its seems hellah fun over there! After seeing this, I plan to visit there in the future, thanks honey.

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  12. great pics!! makes me want to visit florida even more!

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  13. Haha I can't help but laugh at all the Mia pics you lil tourist! I guess we always take for granted whats around us all the time! :)

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  14. loveee the photos. took me on a journey. l0l.

    Love the blog. Following & adding you to my blog roll. Check mine out & leave your thoughts.

    Thanks!!
    Peace & Prosperity,
    youngrichdirty.blogspot.com

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  15. aww the HK necklace is way to cute!!!

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  16. Miami (L) sounds nice, never be, but would love to go... great pictures btw;
    The Hello Kitty Necklace is to die for, i have one, and i where it all the time (:

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  17. thanks for sharing the photos! I found a really nice HK necklace a while ago for really cheap :) loving yours though!

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  18. One time for the FTL! I'm originally from Miami but never really made it to FTL. Ain't that somethin'? I think I'll take a visit before the end of the summer. That HK necklace is sooo gorg.

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  19. GIMMIE THAT NECKLACE!!!!! I'm surprised that the DASH store looks so sad on the outside, lol... I wonder if it will look all glam on TV?
    Do you actually see alligators near the road?? I'd FREAK!!!
    XoXO

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  20. The DASH store here in california looks the same with the big windows and mannequins but the inside is so gorge with the lovely clothes and accessories. You'll fall in LOVE with the FASHIONS!

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  21. Dash and the miami ink tattoo parlor are on washington?? i was just there, i would have loved to go into one of those! :(

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