Ft Lauderdale, and most of...
Ft Lauderdale, and most of Florida, is land of the retired grandparents. The nice thing about Ft. Lauderdale is that it is close to Miami, a international city with younger spin to it. During the day, relax with Grandma and go shopping...at night, hit South Beach. Turn your family vacation into a night of intrigue and saucy fun.
In search of Travis McGee
When I lived in Mexico City in 1996/97 I did my very best to get absorbed into the culture, learn Spanish, etc. But after a while I did come to miss the complete lack of English in my life. One day, while browsing through a bookstore I came across a few books by John D. MacDonald about a fictional detective in South Florida named Travis McGee. Once I read a few I got hooked and just had to read the entire 21 book series dating from 1964 - 1985.
Think of Jim Rockford (James Garner's famous TV character) living on a houseboat at the Bahia Mar Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Travis is a rough & tumble fellow but with a good heart heart. Yet he can't seem to avoid the trouble that keeps coming his way!
Great Drinks and Good Service
Bolero's is one of the bar/lounges on the ship. They specialize in Latin music and make a great Mojito. Liz and I often find ourselves in Bolero's for a drink. The bartenders are always nice and the drinks are some of the best on the ship.
The lounge has nice chairs and tables lining the windows for some great ocean views while enjoying your cocktails. There is also plenty of seating at the bar.
Liz and I enjoyed our visit to Bolero's. I enjoyed a new drink for me: the Lava Flow. The Lava Flow was a combination of Pina Cola Dacquiri and Rasberry Daquiri swirled in a hurricane glass. Liz enjoyed a new drink as well: Mango Dacquiri. Both drinks were delicious and the bartenders were fun to talk with. Casual
At Sawgrass Mills
Yes I know it's not the great gastronomy. But at the end of a travel, when all the money is far away (even if the change rate is profitable) ...
There are 2 food courts in the Sawgrass Mills.
Decent Food and Selection
The Horizon's Buffet is where we preferred to have our breakfast. The main dining room was okay the two days we ate there for breakfast but we preferred the variety of the buffet. The buffet had a large selection of bagels, toast, muffins, rolls, pastry, cereal, oatmeal, potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, omelettes, cooked eggs, pancakes, quiche, donuts, waffles, fresh fruit and cheeses.
I enjoyed having a variety of choices especially when it came to eggs. Liz is a picky eater and likes to have several choices available to her especially cereals. The waiters mae sure that we had plenty of beverages whether it was fruit juices or iced tea. The food was surprisingly good and we always felt full after our meal. I enjoyed the apple and cream filled donuts as well as the quiche, bacon and hash browns.
Liz liked the fresh pineapple, watermellon,bacon, bread and cereal.