04.07.2013 - 04.07.2013 33 °C
American Independence Day - Happy 4th of July!!
Had a lovely, relaxed sleep last night, without waiting for the alarm to go off and get up and get on the bus. We are having breakfast in front of the tele, watching Wimbledon. The maid arrived to clean the apartment and she could only speak Spanish. We needed a tea towel, a face washer, a kettle, some new batteries for the remote and the safe reset. Somehow, with Phil speaking Greek to her, she got the message!
Unless you knew that is was the 4th of July, you certainly wouldn't have a clue from being out on the streets. No flags, no bunting, no nothing. I believe there will be fireworks tonight. Maybe in the smaller towns, they celebrate it a bit more than the big cities do. I thought they would be into it in a big way. Gosh, Australia Day is HUGE, compared to this. We put off our trip to the Everglades to the 5th, just in case there was too much going on, on the 4th of July. WRONG!
What do Americans do on the 4th of July? They go to Coney Island and watch a hot dog eating championship. Joey Chestnut just ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes and won his seventh championship. Apparently - wait for it - major league eating is the fastest growing sport in the world! It is disgusting.
Spent the afternoon swimming in the Atlantic Ocean at Miami Beach. It was warm and refreshing. The Atlantic Ocean is green not blue like the Pacific. The bottom is sandy with the odd rock in it and the beach is clean and white. I couldn't tell you the last time we went swimming in the ocean!
Then hopped in our pool on the way back to our room.
This is a photo of Phil on our balcony on the 9th floor.
Had another nice dinner at our local Italian restaurant and then came home to watch the fireworks from our balcony. Well, I waited and waited. Saw a couple of sparklers and that was it. In desperation, I took a photo of the fireworks in New York. Apparently, Miami has too many tourists and too many different nationalities to really get into the 4th of July. The further north you go, the better the celebrations. What a disappointment. I was really looking forward to being in America on the 4th of July. So, here are some photos from the television coverage of the celebrations in New York.