Miami Coral Gables and the Downtown, USA

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

After the Latin Miami Little Havana, I'm going to show you two completely different faces of this fantastic city that you can easily see: the luxurious Coral Gables and the Downtown.

Let's start from Miami Coral Gables

Located near Little Havana, this is the luxurious district of the city.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
Venetian Pool in Coral Gables Miami
Here you can find villas or houses built following the European style with nice and clean gardens like these ones. Also the typical American cars are replaced by the European cars such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and so on.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

In the middle of Coral Gables you can find the Venetian Pool, a wonderful complex of swimming pools and cascades with coral rock caves, clearly inspired, as you can get it from its name, from the beautiful Italian city of Venice.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
The ticket costs 10.5$ per person

Just imagine now to cross this avenue surrounded by trees
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
and get immediately to the Miami Downtown: this is not the truth but sometimes it's nice to dream something different.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

From the elegant Coral Gables villas the scenario is completely different: you are surrounded by impressive skyscrapers and you feel completely dwarfed by them. It's clearly the financial centre of the city and of Florida (not as important as New York).
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
Look at the Miami train system: it's not a subway or underground, but an aerial railway: it was the first time I saw this! :-)
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer

USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
You can also see the American Airlines Arena, house of the NBA basketball team, the Miami Heat.
USA East Coast Road Trip, Diaries of an explorer
Even if it may look clean and not that dangerous, some parts of Downtown Miami are not that safe and the presence of several police cars can just give you the sensation of security. Be careful, especially under the aerial railway stations.

This is a place where you can change your currency in US dollars thanks to exchange agencies.

Finally, if you want an Italian coffee and something different from Starbucks, please visit it D'Oro Caffè.

Next stop of the USA East Coast Road Trip: the famous Miami Beach and South Beach! Do not miss it!

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