Today I'm packing for my dream trip to Tahiti, Bora-Bora, and the Marquesas Islands. I'm very excited, but having a hard time deciding what I need as I will be gone for 17 days! Part of the trip is a cruise which will disembark in San Diego. I will have 4 days at sea. I know that is a long time but after having 11 days at sea when I visited Antarctica, I know that LOTS of good reading material is very, very important! I hope it's a little different than Hawaii and New Zealand, but if it's similar that will be OK :-)
Thank you so much for stopping by! I will be in touch as soon as I have a decent internet connection. The internet on cruise ships is notoriously expensive and slow so I won't be posting until my return in mid March. Take care my friends!
I'm excited to be returning to the botanical gardens in Naples, Florida this coming weekend. I was just there a few weeks ago with my family. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to buy a year membership.
On certain days of the week the Naples Botanical Gardens offer yoga classes and other days where people can bring their dogs. They often have concerts and they currently have some beautiful sculptures throughout the six unique gardens at this attraction. The gardens are all beautifully maintained. Admission is only $14.95 for an adult. If you decide to become a member they will apply your admission fee toward your membership fee.
I highly recommend this attraction if you are in the southern Florida or Naples area. It is a very peaceful and relaxing environment with a lot of beautiful things to see. The six different Gardens offer different types of flowers and trees for all tastes. I really enjoy taking photos while there.
The above and below photo show a very large yoga class in progress on a Sunday morning. An endangered Monarch butterfly on a purple flower: I loved this sculpture of a horse that looks like it's galloping through the garden: There were many beautiful archways like this one: Here is a building in the oriental garden: There were so many gorgeous orchids throughout the gardens. I enjoyed seeing them as I have always loved them, but never had any luck keeping one in my home.
Pictured above is one of the lily pad and lotus ponds in the oriental garden that I loved.
There were many benches and hammocks for people to relax and enjoy the beauty: I am really working on my close up photos which will hopefully improve after this next trip :) Thank you so much for stopping by. Please leave any comments or questions you might have. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
While visiting my father in southern Florida we decided to take his 1947 Chevy truck to Khorashan State Park for some photos. While there we got some very nice photos of his truck in front of some older buildings which made for a nice backdrop. We also learned a lot about this fascinating place which is now used as a campground and attracts many tourists every day. The Estero river runs through the state park and many kayakers can be seen in this beautiful shaded River area. The older houses are not typical of this area of Florida.
I also enjoyed learning about the cult that settled in this area in the late 1800s. Found it fascinating that they were able to build everything that they did without air-conditioning and dealing with the wildlife such as spiders, snakes and alligators that are indigenous to this area. It was also very interesting to learn about their beliefs and what brought them together to build this commune.
When visiting the Khorashan State Park, one can camp, fish, hike, canoe, kayak and view wildlife. The volunteers who work there are very friendly and knowledgeable. My dad and I saw a wedding taking place while there. If you enjoy nature and like to get away from the crowds, this state park might be a nice excursion if you visit southern Florida.
You can read more about the Khorashan State Park here (just click on the next line): The cost was only $5.00/vehicle to visit when I was there.
Here are my final photos of Las Vegas these photos were taken in the hotels Paris and Caesar's Palace. I was amazed at the number of very very high-end shops in Caesar's Palace forum. I enjoyed window shopping as it's rare to see Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Breitling and Chanel, Tiffany etc. all right next to each other. I found it really fun to take photos in all of the hotels I've visited in Las Vegas as there is so much detail.
Well it's 2015 now and I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. Here's to your New Year's resolutions lasting much longer than any troubles you have at least mine. Take care my friends!
The ceiling at the Paris Hotel:
Thanks so much for visiting. I would love to hear any comments or questions you have. Happy New Year!
The Venetian is probably my favorite hotel in Las Vegas. There are so many wonderful hotels in Vegas including the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace. Think I like the Venetian the most because I love Italy!
I enjoyed strolling through the interior of the Venetian and watching the gondolas in the canals. It reminds me of the time I sent in Italy. I enjoy their mall as well and the big Christmas tree that changes colors during the Christmas season. You can see the fire show or fake volano that shoots fire 100 feet into the air over at the Mirage from the balcony at the Venetian as well.
I find the Venetian to be much more reasonably priced and the Bellagio. I don't think you can really go wrong with staying either of these gorgeous hotels. They are very nearby each other and a hotel as grand as these in most other places especially in Europe would be A LOT more expensive! The above photo is a restaurant I had dinner at one night The above shows the "volcano" erupting at the Mirage
There are many cafes and gelato shops in his hotel as well
The above is a view of the strip in front of the Venetian Here is the very large Christmas tree that changes color all night Thanks so much for stopping by! I will leave you with a short video of the very big Christmas tree changing colors at night. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season my friends :)!
I love visiting Las Vegas at Christmas time. I do not drink or gamble, but I love looking at all of the Christmas decorations. Las Vegas has so many grand hotels to begin with and the decorations just make it even more majestic!
One of my favorite hotels to visit is the Bellagio. They do such a good job decorating for the holidays. I especially love the polar bears and the penguin exhibit. I can stand for a very long time and just look at the ceiling in the lobby by Dale Chihuly:
Polar bear exhibit:
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the holidays and staying warm depending on where you are. Take care my friends!