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Vizcaya Gardens : Miami, Florida 2003While we were in Miami Beach we visited the nearby Vizcaya Gardens. Our first reaction was, what took us so long to visit? This place is great! The house is amazing, the gardens even more so, and it's just minutes from Miami Beach.
Vizcaya was built in 1916 by James Deering, a vice president of International Harvester. It was obviously built to resemble an Italian villa and was filled with real European antiques. Deering sent out teams of "buyers" to scour Europe for interesting pieces to fill it with. The property was purchased in 1952 by Miami-Dade County and is now maintained as a museum and site that can be rented for special events. As we were leaving we found workers setting up a large tent on the waterfront for an event that evening.
Photography was not allowed inside the building so you won't find any of those below but there are plenty of shots of the gardens. There are also photos from a more recent trip to Vizcaya also available on-line.
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The path to the mansion.
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Cool fountains lined the path.
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Wow, looks nice, but not that big.
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Checking out the gardens to one side.
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Looking back at the side entrance of the mansion.
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Statues also lined the garden.
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The coral wall of the grotto absorbed sound.
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Another cool fountain.
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A ramp to another part of the gardens.
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This looked like a boat and that's also the only way to get there.
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Looking back from the water front.
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Back at the water from the steps.
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Susan and Lily pose.
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Swimming pool on the north side of the mansion...
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..and of course a cafe and gift shop.
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More modest gardens on the north side.
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Looking back from the mansion down the drive way.
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