Thursday, June 7, 2018

Are you the reason someone smiled today?



I don't know why reading about Kate Spade's death affected me so. While I've always admired her use of bold patterns and colors, generally her line isn't one I can afford or crave.

The media always painted Kate, and her style as effervescent. How many women envied her fame, wealth, and success? I suppose its that's reason entirely why her passing was so shocking. She who seemed to have everything, chose to leave it all behind.

Julie of Less Then Perfect Life of Bliss summed it up perfectly in her tribute, Dear Kate Spade. Truly, we never know what people are going through behind the facade. Let's all make more of an effort to look after one another.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

🥂 Happy One Year Anniversary Family Travel Adventures LLC!!! 🎈


Y'all, one year ago today, Family Travel Adventures LLC went from dream to reality! I am so thankful for the support of family and friends who booked their vacations with me, shared my posts, let me leave business cards in their establishments, and encouraged me to believe in myself. All of you guys rock!
To spread the joy, anyone who books a vacation PACKAGE with me valued at $3,500 or more, through the end of June, will receive a $100 credit toward their final payment!! 💵
It's serendipitous that Disney's 2019 packages will be available to book on 6/19. So if you're thinking of taking a Disney vacation next year, now is the perfect time to book! Just $200 will secure your reservation and you can make payments which are comfortable for you.
Questions? Email ebony@classictravelconnection.com and I would love to assist you! 
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart! 

Pensacola Beach and Fort Pickens

Happy Hump Day friends! the DH and I have a special weekend planned so I am super excited about being halfway there!

But this post is about what we got up to last weekend. My MIL is is town and she and I tagged along with the DH to a SQL Saturday engagement he had in Pensacola. We drove down Friday evening after work so that we'd be able to hit the ground running Saturday morning.

After dropping the DH off at Pensacola State College Saturday morning, my MIL hit the nearby shopping malls. We literally shopped till we dropped. Unfortunately I walked away with very little for me. Big womp! I was really digging the ubiquitous dusty rose tops, but they are very nearly sheer which makes them way too revealing for my 8-5.

That evening, my MIL decided to attend Happy Hour at the hotel, while the DH and I went in search of Indian or Jamaican cuisine. Open Table steered us toward Taste of India, which was fantastic! The owner visited with each table, and we learned that he owns a gas station on the highway in our town. Small world huh!?!

In rare form, I remembered to take pictures of our meal...after we devoured most of the Chicken 65 appetizer. The DH ordered lamb (not pictured), and I ordered chicken biryani. Both were delish!



After dinner, we drove though some of the upscale neighborhoods on Pensacola Bay. This is one of our favorite pastimes as we admire architecture, and landscaping. I would love to have a mansion on the water someday.

There was no real plan for Sunday. We thought about walking the main strip on Pensacola Beach when we spotted a sign for Fort Pickens. This has been on my radar for a while so that's where we headed.

Fort Pickens was a coastal fort, completed in 1834 on Santa Rosa Island, to defend Pensacola Bay and surrounding communities. Like most prominent structures of the era, Fort Pickens was built by skilled mechanics, and slaves. It is constructed out of a lime-water-sand mortar mix, lumber, brick, and granite steps.

The sand dunes leading up to Fort Pickens were so breathtaking. It was such a contradiction seeing a freshly paved road winding through the them.







There are places in the interior that are in obvious need of repair. Some restoration work is being completed but I imagine its difficult to keep up with the environmental impact of annual storms.




Learning about the fort was an incredible experience. We're planning to bring the kids Fall Break when its much, MUCH cooler.

After exploring for a few hours,we ventured over to Flounder's Chowder House for  a late lunch. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area as its directly on the beach, often has live music, and a playground for little ones having a hard time keeping still while waiting for food to arrive.

We were ravenous and did not think to photograph the calamari appetizer, but I did remember to snap a pic of our entree. I had fried oysters and fries, while the DH ordered a shrimp sampler of some sort. His plate in the background is after he'd been devouring his meal for a few minutes. My MIL is not a fan of seafood and ordered chicken fingers. Everything was enjoyable!


Bellies full, we hit the road on the long journey home.

If you'd like to read about our last visit to Pensacola Beach, click {here}.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Riu Site Inspection

Before flying out last Monday, I had the opportunity to inspect Riu, an adult-only, all-inclusive resort in Nassau, which has just completed a major renovation. The Property Manager could not stop gushing about the changes and was particularly fond of hardwood floors throughout the rooms. I have to agree with her...the resort is absolutely gorgeous!!!





 



Isn't this infinity edge pool divine???




The room featured is a Junior Suite with ocean and harbor views. Check out those hardwood floors!









If you'd like more information on Riu, please email ebony@classictravelconnection.com and I would be honored to assist you.


Friday, June 1, 2018

BahaMar Site Inspection

I had the pleasure of a concierge-guided tour of BahaMar - the Caribbean's newest luxury resort - last Sunday. Ah-may-zing!!! I truly cannot say enough good things about this resort. The attention to detail is impeccable! Even though the day was rainy, and gray, the resort guests were bubbling with excitement all around.

Offering a collection of hotels; the contemporary Grand Hyatt, SLS BahaMar (the first SLS Resort in the Caribbean, and colonial-style villas of Rosewood; BahaMar caters to all manner of travelers looking for an immersive, yet luxurious Caribbean retreat.

I could talk about BahaMar all day, but instead, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.










Adult-only pool area and private cabanas:



I could see Stinky and Blinky spending a lot of time in the Exploration Center.






 I was tickled to see the themed food trucks on the beach. YUM!



This pool area was created to look like Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island, Bahamas.  If you look really closely on the left, you'll see a guest getting ready to dive into the "blue hole."


The grotto area behind is a popular spot for relaxing.







It was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. After raving about it to the DH and kids, I'm sure I'll be back soon...as a guest.

If you'd like to learn more about this stunning Bahamian resort, email ebony@classictravelconnection.com and I will be happy to assist you.