2009Despite this being the height of the season, Palm Beach's elegant shopping street was, unsurprisingly, empty. So were the beautiful alleyways and courtyards filled with little boutiques. Here is the scene outside of Victor's Café, where we stopped to rest our feet and have a cold drink. Saks, where we stopped to make a purchase so they would give us parking vouchers, was a bit busier - but everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) was on sale...including cosmetics if you bought over a certain dollar amount. Cosmetics are always exempt from department store sales, which goes to show you how things are. Shopping at the Flea Market The famous Sample Road Flea Market was not much better. Last time I was there, in May 2004, you could not move in the aisles and there were bargains galore. Thursday, dead. There are still some bargains to be had, but quite a few booths that had been there for years were shuttered or empty. I had to take a picture of this lineup at one large booth. If you are from South Florida, you will know what they are. My cousin Nancy, from Los Angeles, and I, were quite speechless at lunchtime as we sat in the food court. At the next table were two stunning Palm Beach blondes, well put together, eating lunch with their strollers next to them, feeding the occupants. That was enough for me! Time to get home and back to reality. So here I am, having come in last night and spent the day doing laundry, grocery shopping, and visiting my mother. Tomorrow, crit group meeting and I have nothing to show. It's ok: I'll just watch.
I had to get a picture of these wonderful banyan tree roots outside of the museum. I always picture the Little Prince's Boabab tree looking like this. Maybe they are the same.
Shopping on Worth Avenue