While in Miami, I went on a lightning fast tour of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
A photo of the estate's grotto pool.
From 1916-1925, Vizcaya, located on Biscayne Bay, was the Italian Renaissance villa of James Deering, a farm equipment manufacturing magnate.
Lavish doesn't even begin to describe it. The orchid gardens, alone, are fab.
Still the stiff, dark formality of the indoor rooms is a bit off-putting. Even surreal.
The kitchen, however, is a real bright spot. Look at the size of the woodstove in this photo gallery.
This article explains the origins of this weirdly fascinating pagan-religious mecca.