Okay well sort. In all of my 30 years living in South Florida I had never ventured down to Vizcaya. I fell in love with Europe when I was there, all the architect, the buildings, the history, so we decided to head on down. It’s literally a little piece of Europe smack in the middle of Coconut Groove Miami.
Here’s a little info on Vizcaya;
Vizcaya is an estate or villa in a North Italian sixteenth-century style on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, designed for James Deering as a winter residence. The estate originally consisted of 180 acres, including the main house, formal gardens, extensive lagoon gardens, and a village that serviced the property. The main house was built between 1914 and 1916, while the construction of the complicated gardens and the village continued into the early 1920s. During these latter years labor and materials were difficult to acquire as a result of World War I. Vizcaya is noteworthy for adapting European cultural traditions to Miami’s subtropical landscape. The house, for example, combines European marble and Floridian limestone while the Italianate gardens rely on plants capable of thriving in Miami’s climate.
Villa Vizcaya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia <- In case you wanted more information there is the link.
The Trip Report itself is probably a lot of photos for your enjoyment.