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Coral Gables
February 1, 2009
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Through most of Coral Gables the streets were planted with Banyan trees. After eighty plus years these now provide a lush and pleasing canopy. These are along the Miracle Mile


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The Banyan tree is actually a Ficus, a fig tree, and due to its epiphyte nature, it is known as a "strangling fig". These plants grow on existing trees, drop roots and eventually surround and kill the host


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The original Merrick house is now a museum


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A statue of George Edgar however, still stands outside of the quaint City Hall


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The Banyan trees run for several miles along this highway, named Coral Gables. Left to themselves, an individual Ficus trees can extend over several acres


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An unusual neighborhood feature among the grand houses is the public Venetian Pool - a huge, irregular shaped pool, that was actually built in the hole left by the quarry from which stone for many of the house was hewn


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Another flamboyant monument is the stylish fountain built on a traffic rotary in the side streets. For a 1920s development, the street sizes are extremely generous


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We tracked down several of the whimsical "ethnic" villages scattered among the mainly French Mediterranean areas. This one was in the Chinese village


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Another example of faux Chinese house building


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No explanation of these little enclaves could be found - just a few blocks of quirky buildings and then back to the norm


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Pretty colorful door leading to ancient Chinese mystery


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This specimen was from the French Country Village section


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Another from the same section


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Can almost hear the accordian playing...
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