Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

My wife and I and another couple left on a late night flight from Long Beach bound for Fort Lauderdale in Florida. We arrived very early the following morning at our hotel. Although check-in time is 11:00 am, we were able to check-in right away. I think we hit pay dirt when we selected this hotel off the internet because of its nearnest to the airport, the pier and its reasonable rate ($79/day with free breakfast and wi-fi).

This river that cuts across the road fronting our hotel is covered with vegetation along the bank unlike the ones in our place where rivers are paved with concrete like giant canals and are dry for most of the year.

The road is almost devoid of traffic and this is rush hour!

We spent the rest of the morning catching up on our sleep but in the afternoon we decided to check out "Venice of America" so called because of its canal system, which is wider and cleaner than the one I saw in Venice, Italy.

Nice homes!

I wonder who the occupants are of this mansion? Probably the caretakers for most of the year LOL. Most of the homes here belong to the rich, the super rich and the disgustingly filthy rich. Some are poor their yacths cost more than their homes. I feel sorry for these guys whose $40 million yacth is park near their $20 million home. I cry for their misfortunes.

A bridge that yields the right of way to humongous yachts

It got dark before we completed our water taxi route for the cheap rate of $8 per person.

This guy on his kayak got too close to us or vice versa.


The Hippie Mum said...
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☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...

I won't mind working as a caretaker for that mansion!

bertN said...

Pinay Travel Junkie, and you get paid for doing so. You'll have to line up behind me LOL.

George said...

I also feel sorry for those poor people whose yachts cost more than their homes. I do think Fort Lauderdale got it's nickname honestly. The waterways are beautiful.

Photo Cache said...

Oh so you flew south for the Holidays. Impressive waterways. Must be fun to explore by water.

Happy Holidays.

Sardonyx said...

Wow, I've never been to Florida yet and I'm planning to visit that soon ;-) Nice views and nice boat trip you got to see those expensive mansions. And you're correct I feel sorry for them to park their yachts in front of their $20M home hahaha, you're so funny BertN, are you related to Bert Nievera? lol

bertN said...

George, you have a soft spot in your heart like me, for these economically challenged s.o.b. and their creative tax shelters. Inspite of them or because of them, the waterways are indeed beautiful.

Photo Cache, it is fun exploring their canal system but we did not have the luxury of time. Maybe next time na naman LOL.

Sardonyx, don't forget to check out Epcot in Orlando when you visit Florida.

Lucky for Bert Nievera, I'm not related to him.

ME .[ZX] said...

w0w!! ur blog is so nice. I like itXD
visit mine when you're free??

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Been to Fort Lau where a couple of friends live. My most memorable experience? Sneaking into a nudist beach and seeing everything that may or may not be pleasant to the eyes. LOL!

bertN said...

ME, thanks for dropping by. I certainly will visit your blog.

The Nomadic Pinoy, I'll check out these beaches the next time I visit assuming my CIC (Commander-in-Chief) is not with me LOL.

BlogusVox said...

What? no garage for his yacht? Probably the poorest guy in the block! >: D

It's like hollywood. But instead of actor's houses, they show you the mansions of the rich and famous.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

bertN said...

BlogusVox, I do not know what these poor guys do when there's a hurricane. They probably sail their yachts out to sea and ride it out.

Maligayang Pasko din sa iyo at iyong pamilya!

Joy said...

I think I like this part of Florida! Quite different from Miami and looks as if it has more to offer. The sky looks really pretty.

Are you drawing up list of resolutions for 2011?

Many thanks for your patience, and for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

bertN said...

Joy, I quit making resolutions a long time ago. I just disappoint myself consistently.