On the last stop to Key West we paid a visit to Vizcaya House and Gardens in Miami. There is free parking opposite the museum.
This is just a very expansive mansion that has some beautiful gardens (10 acres) and interiors. At the foot of this blog I’ve posted a YouTube video giving you the guided tour.
In the kitchen. Apparently the original set of china sank along with the Titanic in 1912. (You can see the china in the video at the bottom).
Luckily Mr James Deering (the business man who bought, built and owned Vizcaya House and Gardens) had the foresight to insure his china so managed to get his money back.
The Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built primarily between 1914 and 1922, at a cost of $15 million. There is the stone barge you can see from the eastern side, facing the Biscayne Bay.
In the video I’ve included you’ll see a beautiful Iguana sunning himself by the water.
Iguana’s are considered pests out here in Miami because there’s just so many of them. You can even kill them legally, in a humane way according to state law. Still I think they’re safe here.
Lots of wildlife. You can see why they wanted to film Ace Ventura here. That was the scene where he gate crashes a party and finds a shark in the basement.
Some of the flowers in Vizcaya you can only find in one or two other places in the world. James Deering even paid $1,500 to save a large strangler fig from imminent destruction.
The tree was relocated, hauled to Vizcaya Villa (what it was known as back then) by barge and planted in the gardens—only to blow down in a thunderstorm some months later. What an absolute sinker.
Small fact about Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
So something I learnt on WIKI was that this place was robbed back in 1971 three individuals from New York City stole approximately $1.5 million in artworks and silver items.
Although the perpetrators were caught, the vast majority of the precious items stolen were never recovered.
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Below are some offshoots taken from the mobile phone inside the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.