About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Historic Walking Areas, Shopping Malls
The Miami Trolley is a fun and family-friendly way to do your sightseeing in Miami – for free!
Miami's Cuban community welcomes visitors in search of great music, good cigars, and maybe a game of dominoes.
This Little Havana institution is the world's most famous Cuban restaurant (according to the owners anyway). It's probably the world's largest Cuban restaurant too. Along with the bakery and takeout area, Versailles seats more than 350 people. And since it's popular among local Cuban exiles and tourists alike, the vast majority of these 350-plus seats are filled most of the time too. But it's not just the chance to dine like a local in a historic setting that draws 'em in – the food is excellent. Versailles' Cubano, as you might expect, is a classic.
Coconut Grove offers a more village-y and relaxed take on what Miami's all about. Still, the restaurants are amazing, the street life vibrant, and the reasons to visit plentiful.
Set on the beautiful Bay of Biscayne, Vizcaya was the summer home of businessman James Deering during the early 20th century. Today, the estate is open to the public as the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a must-see whether you're coming to experience the grandeur of building and its lush grounds, or to enjoy what many reckon is one of the best art and history museums in the United States.
The Wynwood Arts District is the epicenter of contemporary art for the Greater Miami area (arguably all of Florida), and one of the art world’s most celebrated destinations for contemporary art. This hip area hosts more than 50 art galleries and four museums, along with dozens upon dozens of artist studios and loads of street art.
Big-city Miami yields to swampland, but not just any swamp - the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie in North America! Take a day trip to the 1.5-million-acre Everglades National Park to experience one of America's most vast and untouched wilderness areas.
Fabulous people sunning themselves at one of the world's most famous stretches of sand, with an Art Deco background and some of the hottest nightlife in the world? Welcome to Miami Beach!
Lummus Park is the South Beach beach! It's a family-friendly public beach that's super clean and has a lovely walkway.
As lovely as the ocean views are, Miami Beach's iconic Art Deco architecture is just as eye-candy wonderful.
The place to see and been seen in Miami, this pedestrianized strip crosses the heart of Miami Beach and is lined with some of the Miami area's best restaurants, bars and shops – lots and lots of shops...
Housed in a critically acclaimed building designed by Swiss star architect firm Herzog & de Meuron, this contemporary art museum offers plenty of excellent reasons to take a break from the beach - not least of which is PAMM's fantastic collection featuring works by John Baldessari, Dan Flavin, Frank Stella and Diego Rivera.