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A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 7: Christmas on the beach


My American company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang Convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 7: Panama City, FL to Pensacola, FL

Merry Christmas everybody! We woke up in the boat after a rather mediocre but very comfy rest. After a lazy morning and a mini-shower in the boat’s micro-bathroom, we came out on the deck to set out for Saint Andrews State Park Beach.

And Brr! The temperature dropped to 12°C (53°F) since yesterday, so the convertible top stayed up today. Pants, jackets and sweaters were on as we strolled the immaculate white sand beach washed by transparent turquoise waters under a spotless blue sky. There we saw way more people than we expected on Christmas day, including whole families, exercising bros, senior couples...

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A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 6: In hostile territory


My American company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang Convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 6: Tallahassee, FL to Panama City, FL

Today we visited the Tallahassee Automobile Museum which isn’t very accurately nicknamed. Besides the 150 cars ranging from 1894 to 2010 exposed on two floors of a vast warehouse, it also comprises a collection of die-cast miniature cars, knives, Steinway pianos, jukeboxes, boats, boat motors, fishing lures, sports memorabilia (baseball, football, golf), adding machines, brass cash registers, pedal cars, dolls, Native American artifacts, Batmobiles, motorcycles, brass fans, antique time pieces and spark plugs.

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(My favorite piece was the Tucker 48, a 1948 rear-mounted flat-6 engine 4 doors luxury sedan that the Porsche Panamera should have been)... show more


 

A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 5: Cedar Key, FL at 120mph


My American company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang Convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 5: Orlando, FL to Tallahassee, FL

Not a lot to talk about today as it was the longest segment of the road-trip. Orlando, FL to Tallahassee, FL was supposed to be a monotonous 4-hours, 250 miles (400 km) highway segment through rural Florida, but I decided to spice it up by checking out Cedar Key, FL, a peninsula on the West Coast of Florida. This added about 3 hours to our initial driving time estimate but we got the occasion to drive local roads and make a meaningful stop along the way.

After a solid breakfast comprising scrambled eggs, Italian sausage, bacon, chorizo and cheese taken at the Dixie Cream Cafe in Windermere, FL, we set out for Cedar Key, FL’s pier for the first 200 miles (320 km) leg of the day’s travel. As we drove away from urban Orlando metropolis onto sm... show more
Interesting to learn that NYC is also trying to tackle this problem. It's pretty much the same here in Berlin.

...and I hope you'll be luckier the coming nights with your accommodations.



 

A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 4: Henry Morrison Flagler


My American company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang Convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 4: West Palm Beach, FL to Orlando, FL

Yesterday we wanted to check out the
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in West Palm Beach, FL
but it was too late for that. Today we showed up first thing in the (late) morning in front of Whitehall, a sumptuous mansion the Florida-famous Henry Morrison Flagler built in West Palm Beach, FL as a wedding gift for his third wife in 1902 during the American Gilded Age.

I’m saying “Florida-famous” but it was by design, in reality Flagler was one of the wealthiest American industrial tycoons of his time, partnering with John D. Rockefeller to form the Standard Oil Company which would quickly move to acquire a quasi-monopoly over oil refining in the United States by 1880. But while Rockefeller created a widespread philanthropist foundation in... show more
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A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 3: West Palm Beach


My American company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang Convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 3: Miami, FL to West Palm Beach, FL

Today was beach day! We drove north from Miami, FL to the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in West Palm Beach, FL. It is the only part of the local coast that hasn’t been lined up with private houses, hotels and resorts, probably because of the large estuary blocking access to the coast and that we crossed on foot on a wooden walkway. Birds live in the nearby mangroves and endangered sea turtles come to lay eggs on the park beach. A sign even warns about Crocodilians!

We enjoyed the slightly chilly waters for about an hour before we started to really feel the sun’s scorch and our stomachs growls. Even if it was only an entree and a shared dessert, we ate so much at our very late lunch that it would be our only meal of the day! It’s not a myth, food portion sizes really are out of control in... show more


 

A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 2: Miami Beach


My american company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 2: Cutler Bay, FL to Miami, FL

No alarm this morning as we both needed to sleep after a long day yesterday. We finally get up at 10:00 and set course for Miami Beach.

Sitting on an oblong island parallel to Florida’s mainland, Miami Beach is famous for its long public beach and its Art Deco building painted in various pastel tones. It’s been featured in many movies, TV shows and video games like Miami Vice, Burn Notice and Grand Theft Auto Vice City.



On Ocean Drive, the beachfront road lined with restaurants and hotels on the West side, and Lummus Park and the sea on its West side, our silver muscle car convertible feels almost discrete. We spot a neon green Lamborghini,... show more
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with my girlfriend
Ah, cool. :D I remember how you wrote about that you have no idea how to meet women as a single dad. Nice to learn that it worked anyway. ^ ^

Yes, I successfully used OkCupid, met her on a week I didn’t have my daughter and voilà!

Yes, I successfully used OkCupid, met her on a week I didn’t have my daughter and voilà!
:D Great.



 

A Sunny Holiday Road-Trip, Day 1: The Florida Keys


My american company forces me to take a holiday week between Christmas Day and New Year Day, and this year it's the occasion to drive from Key West to New Orleans in a Ford Mustang convertible with my girlfriend.


Day 1: Brooklyn, NY to Cutler Bay, FL

The early alarm at 05:00 in Brooklyn, NY was painful but the goal was worth it: to catch a plane from Liberty Airport in Newark, NJ to Key West, FL. It's the southernmost point of the continental United States and a small island at the end of an atoll sitting in shallow waters south of Florida.



The city itself is a gigantic tourist trap. You can rent bikes, scooters, trikes, jet-skis, hail pedicabs, visit numerous tropical-themed bars with live music or not, but everything looks and feels tacky, forced and expecting much bigger crowds... show more

Enjoy the weather! Germany is currently at 5-7°C and is wet. No christmas weather at all.
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White Christmas in Germany? I can hardly remember when, several years ago I guess ... :-( Mostly what @Michael Vogel says: 5-7°C and raining, not snowing.

Its never right how much effort the weather puts in. Must be frustrating for it ...