Tell me a story: July 2015: Vizcaya Miami

As an emigree, there is one thing in the whole process that I have found really hard.  We have no family in the USA.  It’s on those days when the world is in collision and you feel like every time you turn around things are not right, that is when you miss the one’s whom you love so much.  The family you would typically turn to are no longer there.  It is lonely without family, I have to be honest.  My family is scattered across the continents.  We are here in the USA, my brother is in South Africa, Richard’s sister, brother and mother are now all in Australia.  Visiting is something that has not happened often, and it has typically coincided with a business trip.  This year seems to be the year for family.  In March I was able to spend time with my brother in Nashville.  In August my brothers wife will be with us for my sons wedding.

July was the time for Richard’s sister and her husband to visit.  Jenny and Kevin were in the USA on a company related trip.  And I have to give kuddo’s to Kevin’s boss, I am extremely grateful that he has brought his team to the USA twice now.  Jenny and Kevin traveled to a number of places before heading down to Florida.  Time with them, for me, was refreshing to my soul.  It’s that little bit of home that goes a long, long way.

Amy came home for the weekend so that she could spend time with her aunt and uncle.  It was good. Thursday I had to work, and so I dropped them off at the Outlet Mall and picked them up again at the end of my work day.  Fridays I do not work.  So we planned to head on down to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens down in Miami.  I have visited this home before and I loved it.  I think I will go again in August when my brothers wife comes out.  Each time I have seen something different.  Here is our day’s outing at Vizcaya.  There is a lot of photo’s but I have done this so that Jenny and Kevin can see them and share their trip with their family back in Australia, and their daughter in England.

 

Shadows at Vizcaya

Shadows at Vizcaya. There is a long driveway that you have to walk down to get to the house. Lining the driveway is terraced water fountains.

The Barge, a boat shaped Scultpture, functions as a monumental breakwater.  The Barge was sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945) and can be found located in the water in front of the Main House overlooking the bay.  The Barge is decorated with carving representing mythical Caribbean creatures.

The Barge, a boat shaped Scultpture, functions as a monumental breakwater. The Barge was sculpted by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945) and can be found located in the water in front of the Main House overlooking the bay. The Barge is decorated with carving representing mythical Caribbean creatures.

This barge spans the water entrance to Vizcaya.  From what I have read, back in the peak of the usage of this home, guests would gather for tea and events on these concrete barges.  The barges were built as a water break.  In order to get to the barge guests were taken out in rowing boats.

This barge spans the water entrance to Vizcaya. From what I have read, back in the peak of the usage of this home, guests would gather for tea and events on these concrete barges. The barges were built as a water break. In order to get to the barge guests were taken out in rowing boats.

Jenny & Kevin at Vizcaya

Jenny & Kevin at Vizcaya

From the front of the house your view looks over the Bay of Biscayne towards Miami.

From the front of the house your view looks over the Bay of Biscayne towards Miami.

Construction of this beautiful home began in 1912 but was not completed until 1922.  The owner James Deering wanted the house built as close to the water as possible.  The result is the terraced front area which would act as water breaks.

Construction of this beautiful home began in 1912 but was not completed until 1922. The owner James Deering wanted the house built as close to the water as possible. The result is the terraced front area which would act as water breaks.

Statue frozen in time line the edge of the barges.  Secrets of days gone by linger within the concrete.

Statue frozen in time line the edge of the barges. Secrets of days gone by linger within the concrete.

Amy @ Vizcaya

Amy @ Vizcaya

Throughout the grounds you find coral coves.  Mermaid, mermen, men of the sea appear in different scenes around the grounds.

Throughout the grounds you find coral coves. Mermaid, mermen, men of the sea appear in different scenes around the grounds.

Prince Charming hanging out in the pond

We found Prince Charming hanging out in the pond

Kevin took some time to relax in the shade of the trees.

Kevin took some time to relax in the shade of the trees.

Tiny Ferns line the bark of the enormous trees.

Tiny Ferns line the bark of the enormous trees.

Amy and Jenny climbed ahead of my up to the circle mount, but I managed to catch their attention for the briefest of moments.

Amy and Jenny climbed ahead of me up to the circle mount, but I managed to catch their attention for the briefest of moments.

Self portrait

I don’t get into photo’s very often, but I have taken a similar image before and love the many different facets that this image shows. Here is my self portrait.

What facinates me with Vicaya is the details that you find all over.  I love these pillars with faces.  Each is unique and different in their own way.

What facinates me with Vicaya is the details that you find all over. I love these pillars with faces. Each is unique and different in their own way.

Rose petals on the grass

Rose petals were scattered on the grass in front of some sort of memorial. I forgot to take a photo of what it was for.

We stopped in a little gazebo where there were seats built into the pillars.  I love this photo of Jen with Amy & I reflected in her sunglasses

We stopped in a little gazebo where there were seats built into the pillars. I love this photo of Jen with Amy & I reflected in her sunglasses

Archeways of stone and coral lead you you through walkways from sector to sector.

Archeways of stone and coral lead you you through walkways from sector to sector.

Every room on the upper level looked out over the Bay of Biscayne.  Each room was tastefully decorated to please the senses of each guest.

Every room on the upper level looked out over the Bay of Biscayne. Each room was tastefully decorated to please the senses of each guest.

From the inside of the house looking out, I loved the distorted view of the grounds.

From the inside of the house looking out, I loved the distorted view of the grounds.

Spiral Staircase

This Spiral Staircase leads from the ground floor up to the attic rooms. Photographs inside the house were not allowed and I can respect that as some of the antiques are priceless and flash light can cause damage when you are dealing with hundreds of guests going through each day. However, I could not resist this spiral staircase. It was amazing.

Kevin, tired of waiting for us, took a break on the edge of the wall.

Kevin, tired of waiting for us, took a break on the edge of the wall.

I walked back to take a photograph of something and came across this couple having their wedding photos taken.

I walked back to take a photograph of side gardens and came across this couple having their wedding photos taken.

I loved the view of the two bridges - the old and the new.  The old bridge is part of the Vizcaya grounds, the new bridge links Miami mainland to Key Biscayne.

I loved the view of the two bridges – the old and the new. The old bridge is part of the Vizcaya grounds, the new bridge links Miami mainland to Key Biscayne.

The Gardens at Vizcaya.

Take from the side of the house these are the Gardens at Vizcaya.

Moving on from Vizcaya we headed over the bridge and onto Key Biscayne.  This was a first for me and so I was pretty excited to see the key as well.

Moving on from Vizcaya we headed over the bridge and onto Key Biscayne. This was a first for me and so I was pretty excited to see the key as well.

Sailing on the Bay of Biscayne.  I wish we were - it was really hot out there that day.

Sailing on the Bay of Biscayne. I wish we were – it was really hot out there that day.

Amy was driving and I was attempting to get the city skyline.  Somehow I think the air was a lot cleaner on the Key than it is as you go over the bridge.

Amy was driving and I was attempting to get the city skyline. Somehow I think the air was a lot cleaner on the Key than it is as you go over the bridge.

We ended the day with a late lunch at the Bayside mall.  Ironically neither Jen nor Kev seemed to have any interest in shopping.  I think they were all shopped out.

We ended the day with a late lunch at the Bayside mall. Ironically neither Jen nor Kev seemed to have any interest in shopping. I think they were all shopped out.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story.  This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit  LUPJi Photography | Northern Virginia Photographer  and see what he has for you this month.  Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.

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9 Comments on “Tell me a story: July 2015: Vizcaya Miami

  1. Looks like a beautiful visit! How fun! Great photos this month—as always!

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    • Thank you Renee – it was really good. In a few weeks I will have my sister in law and that will be good as well. I kind of liked the frog as well.

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