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Photo of the Day – Key West, Florida

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Key West, Florida

Just 90 miles from Cuba, the island of Key West is the southernmost point of the continental United States and the most-populated island in the Florida Keys. Once a base of operations against pirates, Key West later rose to fame as an enclave for artists and writers including Robert Frost, Winslow Homer, Tennessee Williams and perhaps its most famous resident, Ernest Hemingway. The Keys became linked with the mainland in 1912 with the completion of the short-lived Henry Flagler’s railroad which was abandoned after a hurricane in 1935. The railroad was replaced a few years later with the 123-mile overseas highway that still stands today. The island’s small size makes it easy to explore on foot, especially for those just passing through for a day on a cruise ship (as I was recently). But the Conch Republic’s relaxed charm and fascinating history are likely to have you wishing you could stay much longer.

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The Hague: Holland’s Royal City by the Sea

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 | 0 comments

The Hague: Holland’s Royal City by the Sea

During our visit to Amsterdam for my photography exhibition at the Sheraton AMS last week, my husband and I decided to venture a little further out of the city and spend one night in The Hague.

We were drawn partly by Starwood’s luxurious Hotel Des Indes but also by the desire to experience something more of the Netherlands than just Amsterdam.

It turned out to be a fantastic decision as we soon discovered both a beautifully-historic hotel and a charming and unique destination, just a short train ride from the bustling city center of Amsterdam.

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Round the World in 10 Images – A Travel Photography Exhibition

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Round the World in 10 Images – A Travel Photography Exhibition

Over the course of 10 trips around the world, I’ve probably taken a few hundred thousand photographs. And while I think they’re pretty awesome and I’m especially proud of the Pinterest page I’ve compiled, I never imagined I would be the subject of a travel photography exhibition. But that’s exactly what happened last week in Amsterdam!

Before I go on, a little background…

On our honeymoon this past summer, Dave and I had a one-night layover in Amsterdam and chose to stay at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport to ease our quick turnaround to and from the airport. And as we walked off the 14-hour flight from Bogota, Colombia bleary-eyed and in desperate need of a shower before heading into town, we knew we’d made the perfect choice.

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Honeymoon Paradise in Tahiti

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 | 2 comments

Honeymoon Paradise in Tahiti

I can’t believe it’s true but after nearly 3 months of globetrotting around the world we have finally reached the last stop on this epic honeymoon adventure. And what a last stop it is, the postcard-perfect South Pacific honeymoon paradise of French Polynesia.

An overseas collectivity of France, these 118 islands and atolls stretch lazily across the South Pacific Ocean covering more than 1,200 miles. French Polynesia is divided into 5 island groups, the most famous of which are the Society Islands which includes Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea.

And while Tahiti and Bora Bora are more familiar names to most people, Moorea has always been a particular favorite of mine.  So, of course, I knew it would be the perfect place to end our incredible honeymoon in style.

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Pure New Zealand Beauty: The Bay of Islands

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Pure New Zealand Beauty: The Bay of Islands

With a blissful week in Fiji behind us, it was time to return to winter in the Southern hemisphere. All but one of my previous trips to New Zealand have been during the sunny summertime months of January and February. And while the North Island has generally mild winters, we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of the warmest temperatures so we decided to focus on the northernmost part of the North Island – the Bay of Islands – for our New Zealand stop.

Made up of 144 subtropical islands, the Bay of Islands is known for the beauty of its untouched beaches and the historical significance of its many Maori cultural artifacts. Just a 3 hour drive north of Auckland, it’s a popular destination for both Kiwis and international tourists alike.

The Maori were the first settlers in New Zealand, arriving in canoes nearly 1,000 years ago. The first European to sight the country was a Dutchman but it was the British who later made New Zealand part of their empire with the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty established British law and is considered the founding document of New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty was signed, is one of the most significant historical attractions in the Bay of Islands.

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Island Life in Tokoriki Fiji

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Island Life in Tokoriki Fiji

With our amazing couple of days in Sydney complete, it was time to warm up in the South Pacific. We had originally considered spending more time in Australia but ultimately decided to trade winter in Australia for a more tropical locale…like the sandy shores of Fiji.

And honestly, when you’re this close to Fiji, how can you not stop by?

In my previous visits to the islands I’d stayed on the main island of Nadi, either at the Sheraton Fiji or the lovely Westin Denarau Villas. From the resort area of Denarau it was easy to make day trips out to the Yasawa or Mamanuca Islands (the real draw in Fiji), but I’d always wanted to try actually staying on one of those gorgeously remote outer islands.

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48 Hours in Sydney

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 | 0 comments

48 Hours in Sydney

I love Australia. Kangaroos, koalas, beaches, mountains, reefs; and to top it off, friendly locals with adorable accents. Oh right, and more things that can kill you than any other country and/or continent in the world…but who’s counting? Pythons swallowing crocodiles, dingoes eating sharks (I kid you not, I saw an actual photo of this), yes it’s a virtual predator free-for-all Down Under.

What’s not to love? Everyone likes an adventure.

The magnificent city of Sydney is the shining jewel of the southern hemisphere (and noticeably absent of predators) so I never miss a chance to stop by, even if it’s just for a few days. But since my darling husband had yet to venture to the Land of Oz it was an absolute must-do on our Round-the-World honeymoon journey.

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