As soon as I heard from her I wanted to meet her. It is Cauley Square Historic Village, in the south of Miami, to which we arrived in a taxi ordered by app. From Miami Beach it is about 45 minutes and US $ 52.00. The driver says that he receives US $ 25.00 from these and that when he goes south he always returns empty. Upon hearing him, my son Alexis offers to wait for us an hour and a half and pay him U $ 25.00 directly. Done deal.
Before turning onto Orange Ave. (the only street in this village) we see the Post Office on the right. In front of the left an aviary. In a large cage outside a silent parrot. We were hoping it would say ‘Welcome’.
Parked the car already in Cauley Square, which being privately owned has free entry, I look around me. On each side, which are anchored in time and dotted among the exuberant vegetation, there are adorable little houses. Towards them there are paths broken at times by some fountain, sculptures and the occasional object from yesterday that has become a practical outdoor adornment. The rustic appearance of the cabins recalls that there were warehouses and houses for railway workers, whose rails passed through the area in 1903. Today, rebuilt or restored, they are commercial premises.
Our gaze goes faster than our gait: on the right, the first construction is a red painted van with iron sculptures in the garden; nearby, a ‘salty air retreat’, where salts reign; there, a place where they sell stones. I take a look. They come in all shapes and sizes. To some they attribute positive effects on the human being. Beyond, a sanctuary towards whose entrance I climb while a couple rings the bell that hangs in the gallery. The door is closed, but through a window I can see inside. Nothing indicates that a wedding will be held today. We found out later at lunch at the Village Chalet Restaurant, whose decoration is a poster of Celia Cruz in Havana from 1950.
In this wandering we are surprised by the thick and high roots of a tree, we find benches and tables outside, a gazebo in the Garden of the Sanctuary and the ‘Christ Garden’ (Garden of Christ) with the statue of Jesus. Also a ‘Tea Room’, a bookstore, a holistic shop, a tropical garden and an attractive etcetera where even the children receive art classes … I like Cauley Square!
The name of the village was given in honor of William Cauley, a businessman that raised diverse constructions along the rails of the railroad.
Photos: Carmenchu Brusíloff and Alexis Ramos B.