The Fabulous Beaches of Curacao

Untitled (1 of 1)-137Doesn't everyone wear a dress to the beach?  I'm kidding!  I was on a tour of some of Curacao's more popular beaches including Playa Cas Abou, Knip Beach, and Playa Kenepa Chiki.  I visited in late August.  August and September are known to be some of the hottest and driest months of the year.  I was on the island of Curacao for 7 days and it didn't even come close to raining while I was there.

Overall, I thought the beaches were very nice.  The sands were white, the water was clean and as transparent as glass so they are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.  I thought they were all clean and well kept. 

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Being a Floridian, I'm used to beautiful beaches.  The only thing we are missing is mountainous landscapes and large rocky structures which I did get to see on Curacao's beaches.  The below photos were taken at Playa Kenepa Chiki:

Hard to get lost on Curacao:
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Below is Playa Casa Abou:

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Untitled (1 of 1)-137My favorite place to photography people is at the beach.  It's rare for me to meet anyone who isn't happy or doesn't want their photo taken.  I think most people would enjoy helping children build their sand castles or look for sea shells!
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Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have you been to Curacao?  If so what is your favorite beach.  Please feel free to leave a comment as I treasure all of the,  Have a wonderful week my friends.

~ Michelle

 


The Burlington Vermont Waterfront From Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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(above photo is of my high school friend Tina and I)

Everyone in Vermont really looks forward to summer and tries to make the most of it.  The winters are long and at times Brutal.  I spent five days there this February and it NEVER made it above 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  Here are a few photos taken from the top floor of the Echo Lake Acquarium.  Echo was founded by Vermont senator Patrick Leahy in 2003.  It is a very popular place for school field trips, weddings and various conferences.

The top photo is of the Burlington Bike Path.

This path run through downtown Burlington and along Lake Champlain.  Many events such as the Penguin Plunge  are held throughout the year.  The Penguin plunge is sponsored by The Vermont Special Olympics.  Here are a few candid shots of the event where participants run into 32 degree Fahrenheit water to raise money for the Special Olympics.  One participant dressed just like Borat !

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Meecho-2The above photo was taken with my cell phone at Breakwater Cafe and Grill.  On a nice day it's a great place to relax as the food and drink are really good.  There is often live entertainment and a view of the Burlington Marina.

Here are a few photos of the marina from the Breakwater Cafe and Grill:

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Meecho-2Here is a photo of downtown Burlington from Echo.  It's just a short walk to the Church Street Market Place.
Meecho-2Below is a photo of the Spirit of Eathan Allen.  They have great dinner and sunset cruises.  Weddings are also held on this cruise ship.

Meecho-2What marinas have you visited?  Do you have a favorite?  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week! 

~Michelle

 


Welcome to the Green Mountain State!

 

 I took this photo at Smuggler's Notch ski resort about five years ago.  I know many of you are still enjoying summer and the last thing you want to see is snow at this point.  This post will compare photos at the same area in Vermont during the summer and the winter.  All photos on this blog were taken by you's truly.

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Or maybe I should say the "white mountains" since depending on the season their color changes.  I lived in the "Green Mountain State", also known as Vermont until I graduated from college.  I've lived in four states and have now lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida for the past seven years.  Both Vermont and Florida have their own albeit very different natural beauty.  Vermont has four seasons and the gorgeous mountainous landscape while Florida has palm trees, flowers all year and the beaches.
86566386People used to ask me which state I lived in until Ben and Jerry's became famous - seriously!  This photo was taken on Church Street in Burlington Vermont.  This store is not far from their original "shop" that they started in a garage about thirty years ago.
86566386Here are a few more photos taken on Church Street in Burlington at various times of the year.  There are many designer boutiques and fine places to eat on Church Street.  The "Church Street Christmas Tree", however, is well known and people visit Church Street just to see this tree.
86566386I was pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful decorations when I visited in February.  It was below zero when I took these photos.  I was sitting inside the the Church Street Tavern trying to stay warm.  I would run out for sixty seconds or less over and over again trying to capture the scene.
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86566386Here are a couple of photos of my Alma Mater the University of Vermont.
86566386The University of Vermont is known for it's beautiful campus as well as it's academic standing.
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86566386The following is a lovely colonial style home that is very representative of the architecture you will see around the state of Vermont.  I was able to capture it in the sunlight and during some very cloudy weather before a storm.  I personally love taking photos with dramatic looking clouds.  I get many chances to take photos of some pretty sensational cloudscapes in Florida.
86566386The photo above and below were taken at the "Mark Reeves Memorial Park" in Jericho.  The park was created in memory of a young boy who passed away.

Vermont-630243_1280Vermont is known for it's covered bridges.  This particular bridge can be seen in Underhill, Vermont at the Mills Riverside Park.
Vermont-630243_1280I do wish more of the bridge was visible the summer photos, but I suppose the green and red look good together.
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Covered-bridge-630242_1280Thank you so much for stopping by.  Do you prefer the wintry photos of Vermont or the ones taken in the summer?  I personally prefer most of the ones taken in the winter as I never get to see snow where I live.  Most of my friends in Vermont prefer the summer scenes which I understand completely!  Have a great week everyone!

~Michelle


Can You Guess Where I'm Going This Week?

 

Can you guess where I'm going this week?  I will be packing for some cooler temperatures than where I live in Southwest Florida.  I will be visiting family and friends and taking photos of course!  I've posted five photos as hints which I doubt will leave many of you guessing!

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Church-street-418552_1280This mural is seen in the downtown area of the state's biggest city which isn't that big! 
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Church-street-418552_1280Thanks so much for visiting.  I'd love to here your guesses below!  If you guessed have you visited this state in New England?

~Michelle


Visiting the Lovely Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscon Arizona

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I visited Tucson Arizona in the fall of 2013 so this is another post I am writing from memory.  I wasn't really that excited about seeing the desert, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the two-story high cactus, the colorful sunsets were gorgeous, and I loved the beautiful colors of some of the flowers all over the Tuscon area. 

There is also a lot to do in Tucson area.  My favorite attraction was this Sonora Desert Museum which is number one of 274 things to do on TripAdvisor in the Tuscon area.  I recommend spending several hours there as there is so much to see especially if you like to take photos as much as I do there are prairie dogs, a hummingbird exhibit, as well as several beautiful gardens. 

The Sonora Desert Museum is definitely a place I would love visiting again someday.  We were there for a week and actually considered going back for a second day!  I definitely learned that the desert is just as beautiful as any tropical islands I've visited.  The admission fee for adults is $19.50 a person which I thought was very reasonable.  Here is a link to their web site for more information:  Sonora Desert Museum

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Living in Florida, I don't get to see many rock formations or mountains so images like the one below were a treat.
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There generally isn't a lot of water in the streams, but the area had recently gotten a lot of rainfall so that made the area especially colorful and interesting.
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The cactus gardens were so much more colorful than I expected!
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I will leave you with one of the lovely sunsets I saw

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Thank you so much for reading.  As always I love hearing your feedback and comments.  Take care my friends and I hope have a wonderful week.

~Michelle


Visiting the Amazing New Marlin's Park in Miami, Florida

During my visit to Miami Florida in June 2015, I had the pleasure of attending a baseball game at the Marlins new stadium.  This is a really new stadium that just opened in the spring of 2012.  The Marlins were playing the New York Yankees that night and it was a sold-out game.  I'm a Yankees fan so I was a little disappointed when they were losing eight to nothing in the first inning.  I know it's team can't win every game but it's not really much fun to watch once one team is winning or losing by that much from the very beginning.                                    

.  I thought the new stadium was absolutely beautiful.   It has a capacity of nearly 37,000 people and  has a retractable roof which many people feel has increased attendance to the games tremendously.   I love how you can see the skyline through the windows and the home run Marlin decoration that goes into action when the team scores a home run.  You can see a video of it in action here on YoutubeHome run .  Some people see it as over the top or cheesy.  I thought it was fun and I loved the added color to the stadium. 

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I usually try and photograph the players, but I was busy catching up with a friend I hadn't seen in years.  My favorite player was not playing in this game since the National League doesn't allow designated hitters.  Yes, I'm an Alex Rodriguez fan and I hope not too many of you stop reading this post here :)
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Wandering and searching island girl-1-13I would ask you to caption what the group of guys was saying in the row behind us in the photo below.  The score was 8-0 in the first inning and they were not happy about that being Yankees' fans as well.  I want to keep my blog family friendly though ;)
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Wandering and searching island girl-1-66Thanks for your visit.  I would  like to hear which baseball stadiums you have visited and are your favorite.  Have a great week. 
~Michelle