Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hollywood Beach, Florida . . . . .

. . . . . I didn't even know there was such a place until we were looking for places to stay on the Florida Coast.  What a lucky find . . . we stayed at the Marriott right on the Promenade . . . . . would go back there in a heartbeat and highly recommend this as a place to rest your weary bones and take time to smell the roses.

Here is the link . . . it is more expensive in the winter than when we were there Marriott Hollywood Beach, Florida

Party time
We felt transported to a different time and place. . . . the Promenade goes for 3 1/2 miles and you can stroll, bike, or walk along the beach and the ocean. They have all sorts of two wheeled bicycle pulled carriages, etc. for rent by the hour or longer. There are numerous cafes and benches along the walkway. 

When we visited in mid-September there was a Latin Festival happening . . oh my goodness the band was amazing and every age group was just a-rocking. Flags of every Latin American description were flying and there was food in abundance.  Annnnnd everyone was in one very festive mood . .. .quite a carnival actually.

Not being a beach person except for photography purposes, I became an immediate convert!!!  This was one of the most amazing beaches I have ever seen.  Don't know what the French Riviera looks like, but in my mind's eye it must be similar.

I think I have died and gone to Heaven

Sun and sand . . .  perrrrrfect

The Promenade

Never get tired of seeing palm trees

The setting sun . . .. .OMG the colours were amazing

This vista greeted us in the early morning.  What a glorious day.  There must be a height restriction along the beach as you could actually see all the way down and none of these buildings were more than 3 or 4 storeys.  Towards the south was the downtown sector.  Rendered this photo in the style of a painting as it just seemed the right post processing for this photo.

Rise and Shine

The Master Painter at work again
Lynn having a leisurely breakfast at the Marriott . . .  there is nothing like enjoying an early cuppa coffee in the great outdoors
We had an early, leisurely breakfast and just soaked up the sun. I darted here and there taking some photos.


Just happened to notice that some running shoes had been left on the beach.

Left behind

All along the beach there were little beach houses.  Annnd yes, they really are this yellow.

Yep, that's pretty yellow

Definitely a European look

This is certainly a place I would visit again, so even though it wasn't on my bucket list it is now.  I just love camera GPS EXIF data . . it tells you exactly where you are, what time and what the elevation is . ... I laughed out loud when the data said this photo was taken at 20 m below sea level.  Funny thing, I didn't feel like I was drowning.  Wonder what it would say in New Orleans!!!

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