The last post I will share about Miami is our trip to Vizcaya.
"Vizcaya, the winter residence of James Deering (1859–1925), was built between 1914 and 1922 in the Coconut Grove area of Miami. The estate was entirely surrounded by subtropical forest—the Main House and the formal gardens appeared as a dreamlike vision in the midst of the jungle on the shores of Biscayne Bay. Today, Vizcaya is an oasis of silence and green, miraculously preserved just south of Miami’s modern skyline."
I love going to old houses, even though this one wasn't that old. It was designed and decorated from old European mansions and castles. Some of the rooms were transported to Miami in their entirety.
The grounds were also very European-esque. They reminded me of a less opulent and smaller version of Versailles.
We did the audio tour a meandered around the house and grounds for about 3 hours. Each room had at least one recording describing what the room was for, how it was decorated and John Deering's feelings on the room.
Visiting Vizcaya was one of my favorite things in Miami.