Sunday, April 6, 2008

Touring West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, FL

CityPlace Plaza
CD sculpture

Worth Street

Today we took a cab to CityPlace where we had lunch at The Cheese Cake Factory. Ian and Kevin actually went shopping all day with Debbie & Joan. We then walked to Clematis Street and then hailed a cab to The Breakers Hotel.(
The Breakers
Brick walkway at The Breakers

The Breakers pool area

Debbie, Joan and Ian outside at The Breakers

Debbie, Joan and Ian in The Breakers beautiful lobby

The Breakers, built by Henry Flagler in 1896 and rebuilt by his descendants after a1925 fire, is a magnificent Italian Renaissance - style resort that helped launch Florida tourism with its gilded-age opulence, attracting influential, wealthy northerners. The hotel still owned by Flagler's heirs, is a must - stop even if you don't stay here. We walked through the 200 foot lobby, which has soaring arched ceilings painted by 75 Italian artisans and hung with crystal chandeliers, and the ornate Florentine Dining Room decorated with 15th-century Flemish tapestries. We then walked out back and walked along the sea wall. The cab driver told us that rooms start at $1,200.00 a night. We then took a cab back to Sailfish Marina. Tonight we ate dinner at the Sailfish restaurant.

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