Fort Lauderdale Beach Baby

Earlier this week my brother and I headed down to Fort Lauderdale, where we had an awesome lunch at the Quaterdeck, and then did some shutter snapping along Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

Here are some photos I took of the exterior and interior of the Pier 66 Hotel…..

 Looking up.
 View of Lauderdale beach from the rooftop restaurant.
 View of downtown Lauderdale.
 Staircase in the hotel lobby.
 Floral arrangement in the hotel lobby.
 Yacht along the Lauderdale intercoastal waterway.

I leave you with a short video of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea….

This will be my last post from Florida. Much thanks for stopping by these past two weeks. I’ll see you guys in Philly when I return home on Monday. Have a faaaaabulous weekend....X

Update: Hi folks! Just wanted to let you know that I'm home safe and sound. I'm still in 'vacation mode', so it's gonna take me a few days to adjust to being back after being gone for two weeks. I will post again within the next couple of days. Please stay tuned....X

47 comments

  1. Ooooh Ron, if ever I had the opportunity to visit Fort Lauderdale I would never want to leave. Everything is so neat and clean, it looks wonderful. Loved the video, was jigging on my seat as I watched it. Two weeks has flown, don't you think? Enjoy the remaining time with your family.

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  2. AkelamaluJuly 13, 2012

    Great shots Ron and I love the video of the beach - wish I was there! Enjoy your last weekend in Florida, looking forward to your return. xx

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  3. Rob LenihanJuly 13, 2012

    Wow, Ron, these pictures are incredible! Great video, too, complete with stud muffins (you dirty dog!) Dang, I feel like leaving work and hopping on a plane right now! Of course, I feel that way every day, but you know what I mean. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and have a safe trip home! Take care, buddy!

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  4. WOW! Love that second and third shot! Exquisite!

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  5. Hey there Ronnie,
    It has been fab seeing your pics these last two weeks. You really nailed the angles on the modern architecture in your Ft Lauderdale pics and great video! That beach seems to go on forever...

    See you in Philly, my friend. Have a safe and relaxed flight back home.
    ((((( Ronnie))))))

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  6. Fort Lauderdale looks very chic. Great photos, and I'm glad you're enjoying your time down there. Have a fantastic weekend and a safe trip back on Monday!!

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  7. How fun, Ron!!! I've never been to Fort Lauderdale, but it sure looks much better than the beaches I have been to (VA Beach and beaches in S. Carolina). Everything looks pristine and not tourist-trashy! Looks like you are enjoying yourself. Have a safe trip home and we will see you back here soon! XO

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  8. Ron, As usual, your pictures are fantabulous!

    The top of Pier 66 reminds me of the Statue of Liberty! And THAT yacht, oh.my.gawsh I want to go on a three hour tour but NOT have the Skipper and Gilligan get me stranded for three years.

    Your video was great. I could just imagine myself there in Ft Lauderdale ogling those Stud Muffins! Right before your caption popped up I thought the SAME thing! I'll bet there are LOTS of Stud Muffins down there though--got get down to Florida one day soon. Won't be this year though **sigh** too much going on for a real vaca this summer.

    I can't believe how fast your vacation went! Seems like just yesterday you were getting ready to leave at 4am!

    Looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Have a great next couple of days!

    Tell your mom and brother I said HELLO!

    ((YOU))

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  9. Hello Valerie~

    "Ooooh Ron, if ever I had the opportunity to visit Fort Lauderdale I would never want to leave. Everything is so neat and clean, it looks wonderful."

    HAHAHAAHAHA! I know, doesn't it look like a paradise? They've really changed a lot in Lauderdale since I lived here years ago.

    So glad you enjoyed the video. I had so much fun putting it together :) And I was so glad my brother drove the car while I shot the camera.

    Yes, this two weeks has FLOWN by! I can hardly believe it's almost over.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  10. Hey there Pearl~

    "I love the video of the beach - wish I was there!"

    Thank you. And I was so thinking of YOU when I was in Lauderdale; cruising the beach!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, m'dear! Have a wonderful week and I'll see ya next week when I return to Philly!

    X

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  11. Hiya Suzi~

    Aw....thanks, isn't the view spectacular?

    Have a terrific week, my friend. And much thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  12. Hey there Rob~

    " complete with stud muffins (you dirty dog!)"

    Bwhahhahahaahahaha! I just couldn't resist!

    "Dang, I feel like leaving work and hopping on a plane right now!"

    I know what you mean because I've had such an enjoyable time on this vacation, and I can't believe how FAST it flew by!?

    " Enjoy the rest of your vacation and have a safe trip home!"

    Thank you, buddy, and thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific week!

    X

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  13. Bonjour Barb~

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed the pics :)

    Isn't the architecture faaaaaaabulous? Very RETRO!

    " great video! That beach seems to go on forever..."

    I know, after I saw the video I thought the same thing. Forever!

    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend!

    ((((( Barb ))))))

    X

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  14. Howdy Mark~

    "Fort Lauderdale looks very chic."

    Lauderdale has changed so much since when I lived here. I was so impressed with how clean, new, and retro everything looked!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Have a faaaaaabulous weekend! Hope all is going well with your job!

    See ya in Philly next week!

    X to you and Tara!

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  15. Hey there Bijoux~

    " I've never been to Fort Lauderdale, but it sure looks much better than the beaches I have been to (VA Beach and beaches in S. Carolina). Everything looks pristine and not tourist-trashy!"

    Isn't it beautiful? A lot has changed since I lived here, they've really spruced Lauderdale up! This is the off-season here, so it's not as crowded as it is during the peak season.

    Yes, I'm REALLY enjoying myself. I can hardly believe that it's been two weeks already?!?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a spectacular weekend! See ya in Philly next week!

    X

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  16. Hellooooooooo Pam~

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed the photos. It's seems so strange taking photos of beach life, since for the past 11 years I've been taking photos of city life. It's a whole other world!!!

    "The top of Pier 66 reminds me of the Statue of Liberty!"

    OMG...you are SO RIGHT! I didn't even think of that until you mentioned it, but it DOES look like the Statue of Liberty!!!

    "And THAT yacht, oh.my.gawsh I want to go on a three hour tour but NOT have the Skipper and Gilligan get me stranded for three years."

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! That CRACKED ME UP!!!!!!!

    "I could just imagine myself there in Ft Lauderdale ogling those Stud Muffins! Right before your caption popped up I thought the SAME thing! I'll bet there are LOTS of Stud Muffins down there though--got to get down to Florida one day soon."

    OMG, you wouldn't believe how MANY stud muffins I've seen since I've been down here. I'm surprised I haven't gotten whiplash from my head turning around every time I spot one - Bwhahahahahaha!

    "I can't believe how fast your vacation went! Seems like just yesterday you were getting ready to leave at 4am!"

    I know, can you believe how fast this time flew by? I feel like I just got here!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, dear friend. Have a fantabuous weekend, and I'll see ya next week when I get back to Philly!

    ((((( You ))))))

    X

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  17. Loved the pictures and the video Ron! One suggestion, zoom in more on the stud muffins next time and zoom out on the rather rotund woman the next.....

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  18. Oh, you've made me so envious :) What a beautiful place. I bet you've had a fantastic time and will be a bit sad to leave your mum and brother.

    Make the most of the time you have left!

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  19. Ron, what a great video! The music goes perfect with the visuals. I laughed so hard at your caption of the stud muffin!

    That hotel is so beautiful. I love the art deco/retro style. Wonderful photos.

    Enjoy the rest of your time with your family. I can't believe it's been two weeks since you went.

    Have a great weekend, Ron.

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  20. Hey there Bill~

    " One suggestion, zoom in more on the stud muffins next time and zoom out on the rather rotund woman the next....."

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! OMG...that made me HOWL!!!

    And you're right, after I uploaded the video I thought, "Why the hell didn't I ZOOM in on his ass????"

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Have a wonderful weekend. I'll see ya next week when I get back east!

    X to you and Paul!

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  21. Hiya Babs~

    "Oh, you've made me so envious :) What a beautiful place."

    Oh, I wish there was a way for me to bottle that sunshine and palm trees and send it to you because I would. I hope you've had a bit of a letup on your rain.

    " I bet you've had a fantastic time and will be a bit sad to leave your mum and brother."

    Yes, it will be sad to leave them. I'm already dreading Monday morning when I have to get on that plane and leave :(

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear friend. Have a lovely weekend!

    Here's some sunshine.....

    (((((( sunshine )))))))

    X to you and Mo!

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  22. Hola Denise~

    "The music goes perfect with the visuals."

    It's so ironic you mentioned that because I originally had a different song planned, but my brother and I were driving in his car a few days ago and "Beach Baby" came on the radio, so I upload it because I thought it would be much better.

    " I laughed so hard at your caption of the stud muffin!"

    *devilish grin*

    I just couldn't resist - tee, hee!

    Isn't the style of the hotel faaaaaaaaaabulous? I love art deco/retro!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a super weekend and I'll see ya next week!

    X

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  23. wow, you look like you are having a great time, ron with your family. the photos you're posting are just freaking fantastic. rich in color, clear, excellent weather. man i wish i was there. downtown lauderdale has to be my favorite pic though....with the clouds. have a safe trip back.

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  24. Hey there Val~

    Yes, I'm having such a great time! I can hardly believe I've been here for almost two weeks already?!?!

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed the photos. The one of downtown Lauderdale is one of my favs. It's funny because if you look at all the outdoor photos I took that day, many of them appear as though they were taken on different days because the sky looks clear and bright in some shots yet, cloudy in others. Florida weather can be very strange - sunny one second, cloudy the next. The day I took these shots it was very windy and threatening rain, which it did later that night.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a great weekend and I'll see ya on the east coast next week!

    X

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  25. Dianne WilsonJuly 14, 2012

    wow!! 2 weeks went by fast
    beautiful hotel
    great shots

    hugs to Mom and your brother

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  26. Oh wow.....awesome photos! And a brother's day out--way cool. How fun to get that time with THOSE views. Holy cow.....

    Easy does it, yaknow? That coming home bit was a sticky one for me. Get home, get comfy.....rest......

    (((((((((( Ron )))))))))))

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  27. Hey Lady Dianne~

    Yup, this two weeks went by SO fast. I feel like I just got here!

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed the photos :)

    And yes, I will hug my Mom and brother for you!

    Have a super weekend, dear lady. See ya in Philly next week!

    Hugs to you, Hope, Siren, and Isadora!

    X

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  28. Hiya Mel~

    " And a brother's day out--way cool. How fun to get that time with THOSE views. Holy cow....."

    We had a SUPER day hanging out with one another. WAY cool :)

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady! Hope you're having a MARVI weekend!

    See ya next week!

    ((((( Mel ))))))

    X

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  29. So glad to hear you're having a great time visiting your family, Ron.

    Awesome photos and video! Love the first shot of the hotel. Great composition. Lauderdale looks beautiful!

    Enjoy the rest of your time and have a safe journey home!

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  30. Hey Matt!

    I've had such a wonderful time visiting my family, but the time flew by so fast. I can't believe I'll be leaving in two days :(

    Thank you, glad you enjoyed the pics and video. I had such great time putting the video together. It was a perfect day!

    Always great seeing ya, bud. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

    X

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  31. I want to get on a plane right this very second!!! That's why I just love your blog!!! I always feel like you take us on a journey...right along with you!!! What a FABULOUS vacation you have had!!! So glad you had the chance to spend time with family!!! I sure do miss the Keys!! Never been to Ft. Lauderdale, but now I must put it on my list of places to go!! Have a safe trip home Ron! xo
    Jeanne

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  32. Helloooooo Jeanne~

    "That's why I just love your blog!!! I always feel like you take us on a journey...right along with you!!!

    Thank you for your sweet words, dear lady. I'm so glad you enjoyed these past few posts - I had so much fun putting them together. And yes, this has been a fabulous vacation - a bit of R&R and quality time with my mother and brother.

    "I sure do miss the Keys!! Never been to Ft. Lauderdale, but now I must put it on my list of places to go!!"

    You LOVE it!!!!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Hope you're having a terrific weekend!

    Much X to you and the girlz!

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  33. Herman TurnipJuly 15, 2012

    Trippy looking hotel!

    And why does your video remind me of a 70's travel agent clip, encouraging people to "come down and visit the Sunshine State!". Heh...

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  34. Howdy Herman~

    "And why does your video remind me of a 70's travel agent clip, encouraging people to "come down and visit the Sunshine State!".

    HA! Yes, it DOES! Hilarious!

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! Hope you had a super weekend!

    X to you and the family!

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  35. you're so funny - I was watching the video on a computer without speakers and I knew exactly what you were thinking at the stoplights. hilarious! Fort Lauderdale is such a sparkling pretty place and looks like it has that malibu vibe. I never knew. Hope you had the best 2 weeks ever. hugs, diane

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  36. Hey there Diane~

    " I was watching the video on a computer without speakers and I knew exactly what you were thinking at the stoplights."

    VA-VOOM! MUFFINS!

    Tee, hee!

    " Fort Lauderdale is such a sparkling pretty place and looks like it has that malibu vibe. I never knew."

    I've never been to Malibu, but I imagine that Lauderdale DOES have that same vibe.

    Yes, I had an awesome two weeks, but it feels so good to be back; sleeping in my own bed and getting back to my normal routine again.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a grrreat Tuesday!

    X to you and Cristybella!

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  37. whenpigsflyJuly 17, 2012

    Glad you've had such a wonderful trip. Hope you return relaxed and refreshed.

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  38. Hiya Jen~

    Thank you, girl.

    It's gonna take me a few days to get readjusted to being back because I'm still in vacation mode. But, it feels great to be back!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week, Jen!

    X

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  39. Great photos and video of Florida, Ron! They make me want to visit! I really like the sky in your last photo.

    Sounds and looks like you had a great time with your family.

    Welcome back!

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  40. Hey Robert!

    Thank you. I had a BLAST visiting Florida again. It brought back a lot of great memories!

    And yes, it was so wonderful to be with my family again. We really enjoyed ourselves.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, bud. Hope you're having an awesome summer!

    X

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  41. I love the beach view from the rooftop restaurant, its really great to have a meal there!

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  42. Greetings A Little Time~

    Welcome! Thanks for stopping by and sharing a comment. Nice to meet you.

    Yes, the view from the rooftop restaurant is awesome. Years ago while I still lived in Florida, the restaurant was open to the public. However, now it's used for special events, like weddings.

    Have a great week and please stop by anytime. You're always welcomed.

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  43. Holy crap!!! That building is totes amazeballs!!

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  44. Hey there Meleah~

    HA! Isn't that building the COOLEST-looking thing?

    It's so retro!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X ya!

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  45. I've never been to Ft Lauderdale so I thoroughly enjoyed my staycation through your eyes! Glad you made it home safe and sound.

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  46. HA! So you glad you enjoyed your staycation through my eyes!

    You would LOVE Lauderdale. Throughout these years, they have really cleaned it up and made it beautiful!

    X

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