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Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial

I don't know why I decided to leave so early in the morning. A 7:00 AM flight to Atlanta in order to make connections to Miami seems ridiculous. It's not as if I have to be in Miami any time today . . . my ship does not leave until 4:00 PM tomorrow and I cannot even board the ship until noon tomorrow. Yet for some reason, I made reservations to leave Norfolk on a 7:00 AM flight.

The flight itself was uneventful. We landed in Atlanta a few minutes after 9:00, giving me almost three hours in Hartsfield International. I had a nice breakfast at Paschal's and read a bit, which managed to pass the time before my flight to Miami.

Arrival in Miami was at 12:45. I headed up to the rental car counter and picked up my car before driving off to Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
Sadly, it was raining when I arrived -- not hard, but definitely water coming out of the sky. I made my way to my hotel, the Baltic, in north Miami Beach. I checked in to the small eight-room hotel and walked around the corner to grab some lunch. This area of Miami Beach is nothing like SoBe -- nor is it part of Jewish Miami Beach. This is an area that is dominated by Latin cultures, meaning I had lots of Latino choices for food. I settled on Cypo Cafe, a Brazilian cafe, where I had an incredible cod stew. It was cheap and incredibly filling. After eating all I could (about half of the order), I hopped back into the car and headed down toward SoBe.

I stopped at the Holocaust Memorial on my way. This was one of the first Holocaust Memorials I ever saw -- and one of the mostr moving. It centers around a giant bronze hand rising from a pool of water.

World Erotic Art Museum
Climbing the hand are victims of the Holocaust. The back wall of the memorial is a wall engraved with the names of thousands of victims of the Holocaust -- with statues depicting the Frank family at either end. It was raining by the name I arriveed . . . and the memorial itself ws under repair. I was disappointed.

I felt the need to check out something indoors to escape the rain. I settled on the World Erotic Art Museum, or WEAM. This museum holds the collection of 70-year old Naomi Wilzig, who turned her private collection of porn into a museum in 2005; it was not open when I lived here. Ms. Wilzig began collecting erotic art when her son got his first place and asked for an erotic picture as a housewarming gift from his mother (makes you wonder about their relationship). He hated the painting she bought him, so she began her own collection, the highlight of which is a giant golden phallus. WEAM offered a collection of Josephine Baker memorabilia and a special exhibt of erotic etchings by Rembrandt. Visiting was an unusual experience.

After checking out WEAM, I stopped for a mango smoothie, which was defintiely a reminder that I was in South Florida.

For dinner, I was going to go to a Cuban restaurant recommended by the desk at the hotel, but while walking there I was handed a leaflet for a Peruvian restaurant, Soy de Peru. I decided to go there. I am glad I did. I had a pisco sour as a before dinner drink and an incredible ceviche for dinner, followed by a dessert that I don't recall the name of, but it was amazing, and a rich, thick coffee. My waitress sopke no English, so I was forced to use my Spanish. The food was amazing though. I highly recommend Soy de Peru if you want a great Peruvian meal.

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Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial
World Erotic Art Museum
World Erotic Art Museum
Miami Beach Hotels & Accommodations review
It's small with virtually no parking, but it has lots of character and is within walking distance of multiple restaurants. The staff was incredible.
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