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A 12th Century Oasis in Miami, Florida

A 12th Century Oasis in Miami, Florida

Several weeks ago, I went to Florida to catch up with an old friend currently living in Ft. Lauderdale. Wanting to be a good host, my friend asked me what I wanted to do for the weekend. I’m sure what he expected me to say was, I wanted to go to the beach, shopping, Little Havana, South Beach (I did that-story coming soon) …you know, the usual tourist things. What was first on my list, however, was visiting a 12th century Spanish monastery located in North Miami. Thanks to expat Ana O’Reilly, who I had met just about a week before my departure, I had learned of The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery and their amazing history. I love it when life presents a beautiful synchronicity like that. Ana told me that she also had been visiting a friend in the Miami area, and had found the Cloisters quite by accident. She had seen a sign that said Ancient Spanish Monastery and just had to go and see...

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