Wednesday, November 16, 2016

So. Florida Trip #5: Vizcaya the Mansion

Rob and Tom
 After we saw the Everglades one of the days we were in south Florida, our friend Jeff J. recommended that we visit a mansion called "Vizcaya" so we did. 
  This is the 5th of 5 blogs about the trip.

One thing we noticed was that the former owner had purchased treasures from all over the world - Egypt, Italy, France, England and more. (It was like walking through the Vatican museum in Italy where so many artifacts were pillaged from other cultures).
Front entrance of Vizcaya

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya, is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in the present day Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida. 

VIEW OF BISCAYNE BAY - The back of the house is on Biscayne Bay, and has a recreation of gondola poles from Venice, Italy as well as a replica of a ship in shallow water, where the owner held parties.

My favorite picture of Tom
Vizcaya Gardens
FAST FACT - The mansion took 2 years to build, and James Deering only lived in it 4 months out of the year (during the winter because his main home was in Chicago). He lived in the house over 9 years, so about 36 months.
A Roman statue we admired

Checking the camera

Backyard gardens
The early 20th century Vizcaya estate also includes: extensive Italian Renaissance gardens; native woodland landscape; and a historic village outbuildings compound. The landscape and architecture were influenced by Veneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style, with Baroque elements.

OBSERVATION - James Deering lived and died a bachelor and his 2 nieces inherited the house. So we'd venture a guess that he was gay. 

Miami-Dade County now owns the Vizcaya property, as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, which is open to the public. 

That concludes our South Florida Trip.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14