What to do in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Downtown Phoenix is all about art. I found soooo many wall murals on Roosevelt Row and amazing restaurants and cute gift shops (I’m obsessed with stationary and punny cards), all within walking distance.

ART MURALS:

Roosevelt Row Arts District (RoRo)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

“Wall of kindness”

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Remember the “wall of kindness”? There were more of them.

WHERE TO GET SOUVENIRS: 

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

My Airbnb was attached to a store that sold vintage clothing, jewelry, cards. Check it out if you’re in the area! It’s called GROWop.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Besides GROWop, MADE is also a cute little store for stationary, jewelry, trinkets.

FOR YOGA: 

Sutra Roosevelt

They have 2 locations (Midtown and Roosevelt). Yoga & barre classes! Loved the decor. Wish I could’ve gone back for more.

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Miami: Art Deco Weekend. (January 2015)

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Puerto Sagua. Cuban breakfast. Cafe con leche. Get:

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Cubano. I get a Cubano every time I’m in Miami, sometimes multiple in a day. They’re more or less the same everywhere, but some places make it better than others. This was a pretty typical one.

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The usual Cafe Bustelo.

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Their breakfast is a pretty good deal.

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I just love the buildings all over South Beach.

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On Lincoln Road is a street of stores, cafes, restaurants; you never know what you will find.

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On the weekends, there’s always something going on.

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Back to South Beach, where it happened to be Art Deco Weekend.

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We stumbled upon an antique car show.

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Most of the cars had signs that said “look but don’t touch!” But as I was looking at this particular one, the owner actually came up to me and asked if I wanted to take pictures INSIDE! I was ecstatic.

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I love the art deco buildings.

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One more picture of food from Playa Cafe, one of my go-to places for Cuban food. It’s a hole-in-the-wall mom-and-pop diner that serves up some really delicious food for low prices. This was a dish with chicarron and yuca.

That’s it for now. Next post, we drive to the Everglades!

Governor’s Island: Fête Paradiso

“This summer, Fête Paradiso, the world’s first traveling festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels, will make its American debut on Governors Island in New York City. The rare, museum-quality collection, which includes a diverse array of attractions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ, will be available for the public to ride and enjoy every weekend from July 13 – September 29.”

You can get to Governor’s Island two ways: Manhattan ferry and Brooklyn ferry. We chose Brooklyn.

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The ferry ride is only about 10 minutes, and on a sunny, breezy day, it was beautiful. It was also free.

Right this way…

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We didn’t go on any rides. Our goal was just to take lots of awesome pictures.

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Desserts and carnival eats!

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The island resembles an ice cream cone.

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Horsie wants to get on that carousel.

Other than this exhibition, there are also tons of other things to see and do on the island. We got food from the trucks before this, and took pictures of the cloud exhibit. You can also rent a bike and ride around the island, which is something I’ll most likely do next summer!