Key Biscayne memories

love-opera-victoria-bakerThe infamous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld once said the following “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

But there are two kinds of pictures, the tangible ones we take with a camera and the snapshots we take with our minds. These mental snapshots are sometimes more intense, they can include sounds, scents and touch. Some people call them memories.

As I write these lines it’s snowing here in Greenwich, I have no intention of venturing outside in the cold. Instead, I think I will re-open the photo album in my mind and relive the three days we spent in Florida this Christmas.

Let me paint the picture in my mind for you so you can experience it with me…the sun feels warm on your skin, the sound of the waves crashing on the sand lulls you into a blissful rest until the faint rumblings of lunchtime force you to open your eyes and you realize you have hitherto experienced the world in black and white only to find it has exploded in Technicolor.

A long driveway of perfectly landscaped swaying palm trees greets you as you drive towards the porte cochere at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. Walk into the lobby and see the ocean for the first time…venture further into the property and you’ll find tables and chairs nestled in the sand as uniformed waiters carry heaving plates of award-winning food…go further and you find yourself on the property’s private beach.

Unlike the heavily populated stretches of sand in South Beach, Key Biscayne offers seclusion, privacy and repose.

Last time I told you about my adventures on the beach but should you prefer to spend your time inland, the Ritz Carlton has plenty to keep you occupied. The resort is minutes from the picturesque and challenging par-72 course Crandon Golf Course, former home of the annual Royal Caribbean Classic, a senior PGA tournament. Designed by veteran golfers, Crandon Golf Key Biscayne is considered to be one of the most beautiful and challenging 72-par courses in Florida and has been recognized as one of America’s top 75 upscale courses by Golf Digest.

And for younger visitors, the Ritz kids program has everything a child dreams of on vacation. Designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, the program has an exclusive partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Future Society. They have curated experiences that will allow your child to discover the wonders of nature. Of particular interest is the promotion of environmental responsibility, sprinkled with lots of fun of course!

So these are the snapshots in my mind right now, I hope you enjoyed leafing through them as much as I did.

Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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