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Are you planning to visit South Florida soon?  Whether you are considering a vacation in sunny Miami, coming to town for a business trip, or visiting friends and family – I recommend making a reservation at any of these prior to arriving!  All of the restaurants below offer breathtaking water views.  Continue reading to see a round up of my favorite restaurants with a view – in no particular order.

THE BAR AT LVL 25, Conrad Miami

Unrivaled views of Biscayne Bay!

Conrad Miami Bar at LvL 25

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The Nutcracker Miami City Ballet



Presented by the Miami City Ballet at the Adrienne Arsh Center

Saturday, December 17 – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Only 15 Days till Christmas!!!  I always love when the Holiday Season is here because it bring us tons of holiday lights and decor, Christmas songs on the radio, cooler temperatures, peppermint everything, and fun local events like George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcraker.’   This show is the most enchanting holiday treat for the entire family, it’s a spectacular ballet that I enjoy each time that I see it.  The scenery is magnificent, the costumes are gorgeous, and Tchaikovsky’s music is magical!

The Nutcracker performance is presented by the Miami City Ballet at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  The Arsht Center has truly transformed Miami’s culture scene.  It is currently celebrating it’s tenth season, and it showcases around 300 hundred performances throughout the year!  These are organized into series: Broadway in Miami, Jazz Roots, the Masterworks Season, Miami Made Festival, and the Summer Season, among others.  The center is beautiful inside and out, and it was designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.


Below you will find all the information that you need for ‘The Nutcraker’: dates and times, duration, and ticket prices that start as low as $ 25.00.  If you are in Miami, I suggest you enjoy The Nutcraker with friends, your family or on a date, and then let me know if you liked it!  **  Also, I have included the basic information for the West Palm Beach location.  Enjoy!


SCHEDULE:  Saturday, December 17 – 2:00 PM

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Nilufar gallery design miami
Nilufar gallery design miami
Nilufar Gallery / Design Miami


Calling all ART AND DESIGN LOVERS!  Only 3 more days until Art Basel and Design Miami open their doors to art and design lovers from every corner of the world.  Over the years, Miami has become a well-known top destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.  That is because Miami Art Week definitely has something for everyone: from Art Basel, to Wynwood Walls, to Design Miami.  There are also dozens of art festivals that pop-up throughout the city for this special week of the year.

For those that love to mix and mingle in a fashionable crowd, this week is for you!  Everything you need to know about both of these world-renowned events is combined in this post.  In this post you will find detailed information about Art Basel, Design Miami, Miami Art Week Events and the best local parties.  When purchasing tickets you will see that there is a ‘combined ticket’ option, this ticket will allow you to visit both Art Basel + Design Miami for a set price.  You can attend by yourself, or with a group of friends, either way you will surely love this whole week!  Enjoy!


WHAT IS IT: Art Basel stages the world’s preeminent Modern and contemporary art shows, annually in three dynamic cities: Basel (Switzerland), Hong Kong, and Miami Beach (right in our backyard!).  It presents 20th and 21st century art with a strong curatorial perspective.  It attracts leading international galleries and collectors while offering visitors the most important art from around the world.  Around 200,000 visitors attend these three shows, to view the art pieces presented by 500+ of the world’s leading galleries.

WHEN: Miami Beach: December 1 – 4, 2016 | Hong Kong: March 23 – 25, 2017 | Basel: June 15 – 18, 2017

WHEN IT STARTED: This art fair was started in 1970, by three Basel gallerists.

ITS GOAL: Connect the world’s premier galleries and their patrons, as well as serve as a meeting point for the international artworld.

VENUE: Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33139

PUBLIC OPENING HOURS:  Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm

Friday, December 2, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12 noon to 6pm

TICKET PRICES: Day ticket (valid one day only): 50 USD if purchased online, 55 USD if purchased onsite

Permanent ticket (valid all days): 105 USD if purchased online, 115 USD if purchased onsite

Combination day ticket (for both the Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016 show and Design Miami (valid one day, either Dec 1, 2, 3, or 4: 60 USD if purchased online, 65 USD if purchased onsite

Reduced tickets:

  • Students & Seniors 62 yr and up (valid one day): 34 USD
  • Group tickets: Groups of 10 or more: 34 USD per person (valid one day)
  • School groups (grades K-12): 17 USD per person

***Children aged 12 and under: Free (when accompanied by an adult)

BUY TICKETS: online here

BUY TICKETS: box offices: outside of halls C and D on the west side of the Miami Beach Convention Center building beginning December 1, 2016

EXHIBITORS AND GALLERIES: To see the impressive list of galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa that are participating in this year’s Miami Beach show, click here!

** For more information visit:


WHAT IS IT:  Design Miami has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, and creating collectible design.  This event takes place alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June.  The world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art.

WHEN: Miami, November 30, 2016 – December 4, 2016 | Basel, June 13 – 18, 2017

ITS GOAL: Seeks to satisfy the demand for a high-end design fair, and to broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design, fuel the market for collectible design, and provide an accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

VENUE: Design Miami/ is adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center, a short walk from Art Basel in Miami Beach

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street

Miami Beach, FL

PUBLIC SHOW SCHEDULE:  Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12pm to 8pm

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10am to 8pm

Friday, December 2, 2016, 11am to 8pm

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12 noon to 6pm

TICKET PRICES:  General Admission: one day access for one guest, 25$ online, $30 onside

Reduced Admission: Students & Seniors with valid ID, 20$ online, $25 onsite

Combination Ticket: Access to Design Miami and Art Basel, 60$ online, $65 onsite

Group Tickets: Groups 10 or more tickets online at the same time.  $20 per ticket online

BUY TICKETS: online here

GALLERIES: For a ful list of design galleries that are participating this year, click here!

** For more information visit:


Art Miami

Location: Art Miami Pavillion, 3101 NE 1st Avenue in Wynwood / Midtown

When: Nov 29, Dec 1-4, 2016 | Tickets: $45 single day, $90 multi day pass

NADA Art Fair Miami Beach

Location: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 COllins Avenue, Miami Beach

When: Dec. 1-4, 2016 | Tickets: $20 single day, $40 run of show

Miami Project

Location: 6625 Indian Creek Drive on Miami Beach

When: Dec. 1-4, 2016 | Tickets: $20 one day pass, $35 multi day pass

Miami River Art Fair

Location: Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Avenue, Downtown Miami

When: Dec. 1-4, 2016 | Tickets: $100 VIP Vernissage

Hive Lounge

When: Thursday, December 1, 4pm

Location: Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami | FREE

Calvin Harris Basel Edition

When: Thursday, December 1, 11pm

Location: LIV, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach | Tickets: $200 via

PAMM and Poplife present Cashmere Cat, Jillionaire, Uncle Luke, and others

Location: Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: Thursday, December 1, 9pm | Open to PAMM SUstaining and above level members as well as Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, and Art Miami VIP cardholders

Rumors Art Basel, With Guy Gerber

When: Friday, December 2, 4pm

Location: 1Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-604-1000

Martin Garrix Basel Edition

When: Friday, December 2, 11pm

Location: LIV, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-674-4680

Skrillex Basel Edition

When: Saturday, December 3, 11pm | Tickets: $60 via

Location: LIV, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-674-4680

*** Free Art Week Shuttle Service: the two cities have joined efforts to operate a free shuttle service that connects to the existing free transportation services and art shows in each city.  For shuttle details: click here!

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Poland | Castles & Umbrellas

Poland Wawel 2


Glad I brought my umbrella to my trip to Poland, it has been raining since we arrived, but we have still walked up and down the city!  Seriously, no rain can stop us!

poland umbrella

Wawel 1


This castle was built at the behest of King Casimir III the Great, who reigned from 1333 to 1370.

Poland Wawel 2

The Vistula River

Poland wawel river view

Hello from the gorgeous city of Krakow, Poland!  

Top Things to See:

Wawel Royal Castle

Main Square Krakow / Historic Center

St Mary Basilica, Krakow (Kosciol Mariacki)

Ulica Florianska / St Florian’s Gate

Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Trip

Jewish District (Kazimierz)

Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow)

Must Try Restaurants:

(1) Szara

(2) Cyrano de Bergerac

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Poland | Krakow Main Square

Here is a group of photos that I’ve taken around various cities of Poland, loving this trip so much!

Poland main sq 3


Poland Krakow main sq 3

Poland Main Sq 5


The only coca-cola bottle that was written in English, and some chocolate bar… It was 8 AM and I was literally falling asleep from all the travelling, walking, etc, so needed a bit of caffeine to keep my eyes open another ful day…
Coca Cola




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Poland | A Night Out in Krakow… | Travel Diary

Krakow Main Square

Poland main square night

Poland krakow night 2

Main Square, Krakow

Krakow at night 2

Krakow at night

Krakow Main Square


Hi!  Just landed in Poland!   The city of Krakow captured my heart last year, so when a second opportunity for another pilgrimage to Poland came up, I had to say “Yes”!  This trip will be similar, but I am super excited that this time I will visit the village of Zembrzyce, located in southern Poland, and will stay there for about a week.  The other cities that I will visit are: Wadowice, and Czestochowa. The weather is currently a little colder than I expected!  And it is also raining quite a bit, but no rain will stop me from enjoying!

The photos that I am sharing on this post are of the Main Square in the city of Krakow.  The Main Square is a rectangular space surrounded by historic palaces, buildings, restaurants, shops and churches.  Here you will find the famous Market Place (it is huge! and has lots of Polish products).  Definitely walk inside of it and purchase amber products (I found a pair of beautiful earrings!).  Mostly everyone who visits Poland brings back a piece of amber jewelry to keep or give as a gift.  We had a delicious dinner at Restauracja Szara Kazimierz (highly recommend it / sit outside).

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New York City| Walking Central Park

Park 1

Park 2

Park 2

Hello from the Big Apple!  I decided to take a week off my hectic work schedule and come up to visit my brother, I also have many friends that are here, AND the weather is not too cold.  It all worked out so great!!

Park 1

Central Park – how gorgeous is this park!!  I ate belgian waffles right outside the entrance of the park. And walked it with a friend.

I’ve been making the MOST of this week – for once a week just for myself (this never happens!).

And I’ve been having dinner twice per night, an early dinner with friends and then another with my brother when he gets out of work.  Great way to taste NYC’s restaurants 😉

Below are the places that I ate at, and loved:

  • Catch Restaurant (dinner – amazing!)
  • Eataly (lunch)
  • Jack’s Wife Freda (dinner)
  • Bergdorf Goodman 7th floor (lunch)
  • Ippudo (dinner)
  • Chelsea Market Los Tacos (lunch)
  • Italian Restaurant (lunch)


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New York City | Blooming Tulips | Travel

Blooming Tulips

Blooming Tulips

Blooming Tulips 2


Although I have been to New York City before, I had never noticed the amount of tulips there are this time of year.  Flower shops are full of tulips, Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village has tons as well.  I am just taking it all in – and loving it!!!

My life took an unexpected turn recently, yet I am convinced that it is a positive one, and with time it will show me that too.  This trip is one that I had scheduled a while ago yet I could not have timed it better.  As I always love to say, life is full of positive surprises 😉

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Xoxo, Flora

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