Thompson Travelers

Travel is a way to be lost…and found…all at the same time

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Art Deco and Miami Beach

As a kid, I remember sitting at our dinner table on a Saturday night, eating a fried chicken TV dinner with the little apple cobbler dessert,(Remember that?  My favorite part!) with my Mom and Dad intently watching the television as the camera floated over the blue waters and up onto the white sands of South Beach.  That familiar voice would say “Live!  From Miami Beach…it’s the Jackie Gleason Show!”  That was my first awareness of Miami Beach, Florida.

Live, from Miami Beach!

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Stone Cold Crabs

We are off to meet friends, flying today to Miami, Florida. It’s an all day trip flying five hours from California, getting up at o’dark thirty, dodging the commute traffic, fighting the rain to get to the airport two hours before our flight.  Five hours later, we landed in Miami Beach, walking out the airport doors into the warm breeze off the Atlantic Ocean. How nice, but it took all day.

Riding in our taxi, we immediately knew we were in a different place. Our driver was from Haiti, with his native language being Creole and French, his wife is Puerto Rican, speaking Spanish, and many of his passengers are East Coast people trying to get out of the cold and snow from New York and New Jersey.  As we rounded the corner to our hotel, he pointed out a restaurant saying, “That’s one of the best restaurants in town if you can get in.”  A light bulb went off in our heads remembering that we had seen it on Yelp when searching for the best places to eat in Miami.  When we are in a new place, it’s always a priority for us to seek out great food.  Since the sun was setting, and it was just a little us dinner time, we basically threw our suitcases into the room, and made a dash for Joe’s Stone Crabs Restaurant, three blocks away, hoping to beat the dinner crowd.

Joe’s Stone Crabs Restaurant

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Burn’n Love…Elvis is in the House!

There are so many things to do in Maui…golf, scuba diving, hiking, zip lining, whale watching, sailing, luaus with hula girls and fire dancers, the list goes on.  You would never guess what Trip Advisor’s Number One thing to do when it comes to tours and activities in Maui…See Burn’N Love, the Elvis show, at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina!  That is at the top of their list!

When I was little, my dad used to take us every year to Lake Tahoe for vacation.  It was a week of going to the beach, having a few water ski lessons, and being out in the beautiful evergreen forest around the lake.  Our trip always culminated with a trip to the Tahoe Southshore to the Harrah’s Hotel, to see some headliner, over a dinner show, where the prime rib and baked potato is cooked to perfection and the showgirl came around to your table and snapped your family photo.  How lucky I was to see big name entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr, Tom Jones, Petula Clark, Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra.  I’ve been a big fan of live entertainment ever since then.  There were a few entertainers that I, regrettably, somehow missed…Prince, Michael Jackson, and Elvis Presley.

Darren Lee as Elvis!

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