Monday, December 31, 2007

UNDER THE SUN - BOCA RATON

FLORIDA - MARCH 1977

By 1925, Addison Mizner (1872-1933), who had never had formal training in architecture but had studied design his entire life, had a dream! He joined Florida’s great land boom, and wanted to create «the world’s most architecturally beautiful playground»! The start was promising; however, by the autumn of 1925, Florida’s great land boom began to unravel and a hurricane in September 1926 destroyed most of the chances of Mizner’s dream come true. Anyhow, some parts of the dream survived in the Boca Raton Resort and Club! The Boca Raton Resort & Club consists of the Cloister, the Tower, the Boca Beach Club, the Boca Bungalows, the Boca Country Club, the Yacht Club, two 18–hole golf courses, 30 tennis courts, the Spa Palazzo, a golf clubhouse, six pools, an indoor basketball court, a 32–slip marina, and a half–mile of private beach... Enough? I deliberately omitted the conference facilities, where I spent too much time...


"SUNRISE - It must have been the time difference that made me wake up and take sunrise pictures"


"THREATENING SKIES - The same spot, another day..."



"BOCA BEACH - Late afternoon, after meetings..."




"THE BEACH CLUB - It seems to be closed for renovation until 2009! Anyhow, in 1997, it was a great place to stay!"


"SHUTTLE BOAT - Waiting to get to the Cloister"


"TRAVEL COMPANION"




"THE CLOISTER, THE TOWER and the famous BOCA PINK"



"PALM BEACH on the way, and the Breakers, set in 1896 amidst 140 acres (57 hectares) of oceanfront property"


"THE BEACON HOTEL - South Beach, Ocean Drive"


"KEY BISCANE - This one is dedicated to Isabella, who must be enjoying beach delights while most of us are inside..."

17 comments:

alicesg said...

Hi trotter,
Nice photo of the beaches. So beautiful and the sea is so blue. It is co-incidence I just posted two photos on Singapore beach and now I think I am ashamed at our beaches.....hahaha

roentarre said...

This series of photographs are well executed and clean. Really loving the way you have presented them. Happy New Year!

Trotter said...

AliceSg,
No reason to be ashamed; I remember having seen a beach in Sentosa Island in 1992 and didn't seem that bad... ;)

Roentearre,
Thanks!

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

Oh my dear, Forget your Fear,
Let all your Dreams be Clear,
Never put Tear, Please Hear,
I want to tell one thing in yr ear,
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR..

Alex said...

Bonjour GlobTrott,
Tous nos meileurs voeux pour cette Nouvelle Annee.
Ma dernière visite en Floride remonte à 1978. J’imagine que tous ces endroits ont dû changer depuis avec davantage d'hotels! En tout cas, avec la température polaire qu’il fait aujourd’hui à Boston, j’irais bien faire un petit tour du Côté du Boca Raton Resort & Club !!

Trotter said...

Raghu,
didn't you had the poet's vein...
Thanks for the poem and the wishes! Have a great year!

Alex,
Merci. Ici on a eu un peu de pluie aujourd'hui, mais la temperature n'a pas tombé au-dessous de +10º centigrades, la nuit... ;))
En 1978, j'ai des post de ma première visite en Hongrie au Revival 70s & 80s... Maintenant sur Blogtrotter, il y a du nouveau de Budapest 2006... ;
Enjoy!

Noushy Syah said...

Time difference and biological clock do wonders when we are in different hemisphere...I guess that's part of the reason why you were able to wake up and snap that lovely SUNRISE pics!

(I know ..I know..sunrise is the best time to be under the blanket! LOL)

Olivier said...

par ce temps d'hiver, tes photos font du bien, merci

isabella said...

Thank you for the honor...but I can't accept it! Today I'm at the pool, not the beach ;-)

Boca always was a bit "over the top" for me, although it captures that "Olde Florida" ambiance rather well.
Have you been to Naples? It's a bit more sedate and -dare I say- classy!

Trotter said...

Noushy Syah,
That's true; timer difference is the only explanation for this early wake up...

Olivier,
Merci!

Isabella,
Lucky girl as always... ;)
I've never been to Naples, Florida, but I didn't give upo; one day...

Ming the Merciless said...

Is that you sunbathing in the last photo? :-)

Awesome photos, especially the first one on this post.

Trotter said...

Come on, Ming! That was supposed to be Isabella enjoying Florida at its best... ;)
The first one must be one of the very few sunrise pictures I've taken in my life... ;))

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

THE BEACON HOTEL and tower and shuttle boat are one of the wonderful scenes ...really you are lucky

M.KATE said...

really like the pictures,tks for sharing

Trotter said...

Raghu,
Also love that South Beach Hotel, as well as the pelicans around the boats...

M.Kate,
Thanks for your visit and much appreciated comment (first time, I believe) on Blogtrotter Revival. Hope to see you back on this and the other blogs soon!

Ted Roth said...

Just discovered your blog and spent ten or fifteen minutes looking at the terrific photos. Is your background in architecture? Keep up the good work.

Trotter said...

Ted Roth,
Thanks for your visit and comment. Background is law...