Sunday, December 18, 2011


Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 25º43.533N | 80º84.321W

Several times in the last year, we've wondered aloud whether Coconut Grove is all that fabulous or if we just had a fleeting and magical time here last Christmas.

We've come back to find out.

Even though they're heading to Cuba soon, Karen and Dale on Jessie Marie waited for us so we can reprise last year's Christmas celebrations. As a lead in, we've been doing what we do: going to the wine tastings at Fresh Market, hanging out in the bookstore, biking the neighborhoods, haunting our favorite Cuban coffee/laundromat joint.

When you move about by boat, doing laundry can be a major undertaking -- and is always a half-a-day chore. Here in Coconut Grove, it's joyous. We ride our bikes 1.5 miles to Mary's, a 24-hour laundromat with the best Cuban coffee we've ever tasted -- for 90 cents.

So we sit out front talking amongst ourselves -- and sometimes others -- soaking in the delicious Florida sunshine, and sometimes do a load of laundry.

This week we tested out Jessie Marie's new spinnaker.

Chip's sister, Bonnie, invited us all for dinner in Miami Beach.

Karen, me and Bonnie.
Oops. Camera alignment problem.
Silly boys.
Bonnie's Zuppa de Clams. Yum.

We're still gathering data, but it's looking like Coconut Grove really is fabulous.

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