My first time was in the summer of 2017 and although it was warm then ,this time though cooler was no less adventurous . My best friend from my years of “nannying” in Philadelphia came to meetup with me and my hubby here . She also brought along her hubby so they can have companionship! We had such a wonderful time catching up and touring this wonderful city. A visit out to Zaanse Schans rounded out our spectacular visit.
My first visit to Belgium was in the past spring season. The weather was mild and the food and architecture did not disappoint . I travelled to Ghent via train from Paris which was very comfortable and provided the laid back style I like moving through Europe. All the cities were vibrant in their own right but Brugge and Antwerp proved competitive with the former being my pick! See for yourselves with some of my gallery pictures. Go see them yourself .
Here are some special day memories from earlier this year. I was inspired to become a Notary to add to my repertoire of “Jane trades” LOL!
My new title : Florida Notary Public.
Super excited to serve the people of the Great State of Florida . I am now able to notarize documents and perform marriage ceremonies. Email me for services please .
My stay in Paris last month was phenomenal ! Of course it would be I went on honeymoon with my love to the City of amour . We visited all the major monuments and museums and sampled scrumptious foods and gained the required 5 lbs or more. We actually used Paris as a lovely stepping stone to get to Normandy which have been a place my love dreamed of visiting for a long time. This place, Normandy was definantey the highlight of our trip ,the significance of this place humbled us in reality so much more than the history we had heard about it. The beaches of Normandy wispered the stories of decades ago which entitled all of us to the freedoms we enjoy today. I will share in pictures some of the moments in time that grabbed my sole and created a salve to cover the hurt ,pain and misunderstandings that are sometimes experienced in these current times.
The American Cemetary offered a chance to salute and give deep gratitude for the great service and life offering bestowed and sacrificed for us all by these great men and women . Selfless as they marched into another Country to liberate and to protect knowing their lives would be the price required . I tell you I don’t know that I had any ancestors buried here but my heart was heavy and my tears were glistening for mother’s and families who lost their loved one here. If there is a chance to visit this place ,please don’t hesitate ,you will have entered sacred ground on earth. I will share some of my favorite pics of my time in Paris and Normandy.
Hello all! Haven’t written a post for so long but I have a good excuse 😜 Have been busy with life as it is foist upon me, welcoming all the newness , apprehensiveness and boldness that it brings! From weddings ( mine included) to moving to new home and new job in new locale to meeting new people and learning new things . I am grateful and blessed to experience all life offers me . I will share my experiences of the last few months in pictures and promise to share my upcoming travels to Paris, Normandy, Bruges , Antwerp, Ghent and Amsterdam in all their glory ! Thank you for continuing to follow my progress here on my blog, hopefully learning and yearning to persue your own love of travel. Cheers !
I have visited Pensacola many times before but this viist was a more soulful experience in the high summer season with no agenda in mind ,just mindless meandering and enjoying this beautiful city. From the powder fine glistening sands of the best beaches in Florida (in my opinion) to the mouthwatering restaurant offerings ,Pensacola is a welcome summer solstice for the rejuvenation of any soul. Activities are abundantly abound in the downtown areas as well as in the neighborhood pockets. Theatre , concerts , beach bands days and the famous Naval Air museum are just a few of the many interesting and varied offerings here . Beach wear is the choice of natives and visitors alike for a laid-back existence for the better part of the day, evening wear depends on your dinner plans and such. The weather these last weeks was perfect in the high 80’s in the days with a slight cooling at night. Thunderstorms in the afternoon is not unlike most of Florida but gives a great respite for siestas before evening activities . Follow me as I share some of the sights I captured during my Pensacola respite!
The village in July was an exceptional treat for me ,I had never spent quality time there before and I pleasantly surprised! The weather was a little muggy on the Friday we got in but it was all part of the adventureous aspect of traveling to another city for a weekend with your best friend who is flexible as well. Our main purpose was to be with family at a memeorial for a dear friend who was like family to me since my teen years. We arrive at JFK from PBI and was entertained at the airport by a Beatles Tribute Band, they were actually very good and had a huge audience of transients drifting to their respective gates . We boarded the Airtrain towards Howard Beach which took us to the A Train eventually arriving at our stop at West 4 the Street in the heart Washington Square. The first night we surprised my cousin for her birthday gathering at “The Loft” overlooking the fabulous New York Skyline including the Empire State Building. The Washington square Park Monument heralded the sights ,taste, aroma of the happenings in the park which carried on into wee hours of the morning every single night! N.Y.U. Provided the fabulous energy for the area as it is situated right there by Washington Square. The happenings included outdoor piano playing, featuring pieces from the best classical composers, night time music was young and hip but older folk like myself were content to just inhale and absorb the youthful energy all around us. We visited a few great eaterie including “ Jack’s wife Freda” for a scrumptious nutritious breakfast. “Friend of the farmer “ was also a great little breakfast spot which didn’t disappoint either. There is also another great breakfast spot at the hotel across from our weekend residence called North Square , the breakfast was superb ,served in a setting below sidewalk level with fantastic ambience . My fiancé and I are foodies and this weekend’s offerings were definitely pleasing to our palates . The activities for the weekend including the memorial brought valuable memories and strengthening of family values and a new appreciation of what people mean when they say “ I love New York” !
Malaga is a little gem situated approximately one and one half hours south of Barcelona by flight .We picked this city originally because it had great approximated tours to Morocco and Gibraltar ( we didn’t make it to Morroco due to weather constraints). We arrived via Vueling Aitlines which was pleasant and cost effective ( Hand luggage only). We took the Renfe train from Malaga Airport right into the middle of everything via Maria Zambrano station. This was fabulous as our spectacular hotel , The Barcelo Malaga had its own private entrance off the station . The hotel was fabulous with a great price through Amoma. Friendly, helpful staff , good restaurant and a fantastic breakfast made to order ! Proximity to wonderful restaurants and great public transportation routes just outside the doors. Our tour to Gibraltar started at 7am with Julia Tours and the meeting point was a short 15 minute walk from the hotel . The Maria Zambrano Station is home to some fast food eateries and a small supermarket with fresh baked breads , squeeze your own orange juice, cheeses fruits and chocolate bars with hazelnuts! These supplies were added to our hotel mini fridge that served us well to keep supplies cold . We also took Renfe Trains for our adventure to Ronda a couple of hours away which was the highlight of our Malaga connection. I loved Malaga for many reasons not to mention I got engaged while we visited in March 2018! Of course our favorite restaurant is Los Mellizos where the question was popped ! The food was awesome ,especially my favorite the fried cod and the house salad. A visit to the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle topped off our stay in this Andalusian City. Follow me as I lead you through our time here via pictures . Remember there are many more pictures in the gallery section on my blog!