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    In search of Travis McGee

    by rmdw Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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!

    A plaque commemorating the Travis McGee books

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    Ballet Themed Dining(Navigator of the Seas)

    by cjg1 Written Jan 27, 2009

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    The dining rooms on the Navigator of the Seas were named after famous ballets: Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Coppelia. Each dining room has costumes from each ballet in display cases as soon as you entered. I'm not a big ballet fan but I thought it was nice. Liz on the other hand is a big ballet fan (she was a ballet dancer from the age of two) and loved the costumes and accents throughout the rooms.

    Nutcracker costume Coppelia Costume Coppelia Costume Swan Lake Costume

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    Markham Park

    by goingsolo Written Jun 12, 2007

    Markham Park is one of the nicest recreation areas in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to grassy areas and jogging trails, you'll find a shooting range, a model airlplane field and a mountain bike trail. Don't expect too much in the way of uphills though. The park is used often for 5k races, which take place pretty much every weekend from October through May. Several small man made lakes are available for boating and fishing. There is also a separate dog park, although animals are permitted in the other areas as well.

    There is a charge for entrance, which is about $3 per vehicle, unless there is a special event.

    Markham Park
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    POINT PLEASANT FOOT, HAND AND SKIN WELLNESS

    by moiraistyx Written May 1, 2006

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    The very last day of my trip, Jason took me to his mother's spa for my morning of pampering. It was a wonderful experience. I had a facial, eye brow wax and a foot massage. Even if I didn't know the owner personally, I would come back here. The staff were very friendly and courteous and the prices reasonable (although I didn't have to pay). Joeanne gave me great skin care advice that has really helped improve the look and feel of my skin. If you get a massage request Jason, he has hands that work magic.

    Monday-Friday 12noon – 6:00pm
    954-630-1975 (Fax) Mornings, Evenings and Saturdays By appointment only

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    Sally O'Briens

    by goingsolo Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    Sally O' Brience is an Irish Pub located on the first level of Beach Place. its a nondescript kind of place, but the band is fantastic and the service is friendly. In addition to the indoor restaurant and bar, there's an outdoor bar area for those who want to get away from the music and people watch.

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    Sunrise on the Pier

    by TravelJunkie Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    You have to get there pretty early to see it, but the sunrise at the Fishing Pier in Lauderdale by the Sea is beautiful.

    And if you like to fish, you can do that here too. They will rent you all the equipment you need - even bait!

    They have a coffee shop, vending machines, and restrooms.

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    Travis McGee con't 2

    by rmdw Written Jun 12, 2003

    As often happens, I suppose, the area didn't look at all like I envisioned it would but c'est la vie! I was overjoyed to have found it!

    If you're at all interested in how Florida has changed since the early 1960's then I'd strongly recommend you read some/all of the series. Some people might discard John D. MacDonald's writing as mere "pulp fiction" but it goes much deeper than that. It provides a fascinating expose of how Florida has drastically changed at the hands of developers over the past many decades.

    The inner harbour at Bahia Mar

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    Travis McGee con't

    by rmdw Written Jun 12, 2003

    So when I finally visited South Florida for the first time in May 2002, I just HAD to see if there was a Bahia Mar, if there was a Slip F-18 (where Travis' houseboat was reportedly docked), and if anyone there new about this now not so famous series of books.

    Approaching the area my excitement grew to a fever pitch. I felt like a detective discovering the final clue in a long sought out puzzle. And finding the plaque was extra special.

    One of the yacht owners there was an older fellow named Bob who was most impressed that I had tracked down this literary hero of mine.

    Slip F-18, Bahia Mar Yacht Club

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    If you have every wanted to...

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    If you have every wanted to see South Beach in Miami, here is your chance . . . Miami is only 30 minutes or so from Lauderdale . . . South Beach is not for everyone, so this would be a great chance to try it out

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    Naples, Florida is about 2...

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Naples, Florida is about 2 hours from Lauderdale . . . If you have never been to Naples, here is your chance . . . fun little town . . . Go to the beach and have lunch at the Ritz . . . You won't regret it

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    If you have never been to the...

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    If you have never been to the Florida Keys, here is your chance . . . Take a day trip down and see if you like it . . . About a 4 hour trip if you go all the way down to Key West . . . Beware, the Keys can become an addiction

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    Make way for Drunks!

    by garridogal Updated Jan 21, 2008

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    Saw a lot of these signs all around Ft. Lauderdale. Maybe they got sick of scraping flattened drunk Spring Breakers off the sidewalk....

    Get outta his way....
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    After A Few Beers...The Bulldog Seemed Just Right

    by Barbie2138 Updated Jun 19, 2007

    Maybe it was the Humpback Ale. Maybe it was too much sun but I wandered into Bulldog Tatoo Parlor and well.....

    This will only hurt a little...
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    Hindu Temple

    by el_ruso Written Sep 19, 2005

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    A most unusual sight in the western area of Broward country and specifically a semi-agricultural municipality of Davey is this Hindu Temple.

    It is located on Griffin Road, just east of I-75.

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    Make way for Ducklings!!

    by garridogal Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    We spotted this rather unusual looking Duck and her duckling drinking from a puddle in a parking lot in Las Olas. Had to snap a picture!

    When you care enough to feed them the very best...
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