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Attitude

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.  ~Alphonse Karr

I was thinking of titling this post “Making the Most of a Long Layover”, or maybe “Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Put Your Camera Into Checked Baggage”, but then I thought those two things matter only if you have a positive attitude.

Layovers are inevitable, and depending on the length of time you have, you can either take a nap or take advantage.

I recently had the opportunity to indulge in a long, planned layover in Miami.  The Hubs and I were on our way to Spain and stopped to visit a friend who had a surprise for me:  lunch at my namesake’s restaurant!

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To get there, we took the scenic route. We parked near the “Birdcage” area of South Beach. You know, from the movie?  Those beautiful buildings along Ocean Drive that remain a loving nod to the Art Deco movement?  It looked and felt like the set of a movie.

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IMG_1918The sky! + The clouds! + The architecture! = Visual feast.  I could have spent hours there, but we were hungry and had a limited budget of time.

After walking along the busy street, we opted to finish our walk southward along the beach.  And what a beach!

It wasn’t what I expected.  I really don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t anything I imagined.  The pictures don’t do it justice because I had to tone them down to get the colors to look somewhat normal.  Everything was so bright, it was like the sand and the clouds were real-life blown-out highlights.

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There were small dunes that gave my eyes some relief.

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IMG_1923All told, this little excursion took about 3 hours away from the airport.  I can’t believe what I would have missed by just sitting and waiting!  And I guarantee I couldn’t have gotten this at the airport:

Best oysters I've ever eaten!!
Best oysters I’ve ever eaten!!

I would highly encourage you to take advantage of your next layover, especially if it’s a long one in Miami.

Happy Shooting!