Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hidden Treasures: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

For every bustling city, there are little treasures that history has kept hidden away. One of the treasures in our city is Vizcaya, the grand estate built by James Deering in the early 1900’s. In order to impress his fellow businessmen and socialites, Deering used the money from his farm machinery empire to collect artifacts from all over the world. Now a museum, his home contains Asian, Italian (Renaissance), Greek, Roman, French and even Egyptian inspired pieces. It’s like walking through a famous explorer’s home! (Or the set for Pirates of the Caribbean.)

The crowning glory of the home is a stone ship with Greek and Roman style sculpture, floating beyond striped markers that look like they were plucked from a Venetian canal.

It’s great how the sculptures seem to be looking out to sea… When this was built, there was no skyline, but now the whole scene serves as a beautiful blend of history and the future.

Safely tucked away from the hum of cars, the gardens have such a romantic, left-behind-by-time feel. They make an awesome place to take wedding and quinceañera pictures.

Of course, there has to be a tropical touch. The estate is built out of natural limestone, giving it that high-class pirate, Mediterranean vibe.

And last but not least… the fashion world approves!

Happy treasure hunting :)

(All images are ours)

1 comment:

Z--- said...

This is great! I live in Vizcaya and it's beatuiful! I don´t know if it has any conection...xx