The Pink Plantation House

The Pink Plantation House is located on the island of St Lucia in the Caribbean. If you are driving, which I wouldn’t recommend on this island because of the narrow, twisting roads, this restaurant is tricky to find. Thankfully, my husband will go to great lengths to humor me. After asking 7 different locals for direction, we finally arrived at the restaurant.

We walked into an old, dilapidated plantation house chock full of historical significance. As you progress through the house, you enter the open air dining room decked out in pink tablecloths and decorative dinner ware. There is a small room inside where you can purchase unique dinner ware pieces.

The view of Castries and the surrounding water is breathtaking. After taking numerous pictures, we sat down to enjoy a meal that complemented the beautiful views.

 

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The ancient Greek city of Ephesus was famed for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis lies in ruins, however, the Library of Celsus still stands as evidenced in the photo above.

If you visit this site, wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to climb over numerous steps and stones. Sun protection is also important for this site. Since we explored the ruins in July, I was armed with an umbrella for shade from the merciless rays of the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meditations on Fishing

The views you observe are taken from Deerfoot Lodge located on the Lake Chippewa Flowage in Hayward, Wisconsin. The moment we reached our destination, relaxation was inevitable. If you love to fish, this is the place for you. Pike, musky, walleye and bass are some fish that you might be lucky to catch. If you enjoy lazy walks along the shore, the views are entrancing.

For those who crave more stimulation, the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum is nearby in addition to the Lac Courte Oreilles Casino. Special events that may be of interest include the American Birkebeiner in February which includes an array of fitness and recreational opportunities and the Lumberjack World Championships in July.

For others, the goal may simply be to relax, sit on the shore and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Panama City and Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach was an unexpected treat. On the route to the beach, we passed through Panama City and spied an upside down building. Due to time restrictions, we were not able to explore this building which contains attractions that are promised to challenge your mind and spark the imagination. Across the street is Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum contained within a replica of the Titanic.

We ate on the beach at Sharky’s and then dipped our toes in the soft sand and cool water. We quickly exited the water when we noticed a three full bull shark swimming approximately 15 feet away from us in the water.

Besides these attractions, there are miles of white sand beaches which comprise Panama City Beach. On the Shell Island peninsula, St Andrews State Park has beaches and nature trails. Dolphins and sea turtles are known to swim in the waters offshore. Next time we visit, we will definitely allocate enough time to explore some of these attractions.

Navigating Disney World Tip #3

The day had come to explore Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. I was able to get a Fast Pass for the Na’vi River Journey, but not for the even more popular Avatar Flight of Passage ride. My husband and I were primed to enter the park when it opened and sprint towards the new world. The problem was, so was everyone else.

The park opened precisely on time and we spent the next 20 minutes waiting in the bag check line and then the turnstile line. Finally, we entered the park and rapidly made our way to the World of Avatar with the entire state of Florida. Okay, not really, but it felt like it.

As we approached the area, I noticed a long line running along the pathway. My heart sank. Surely this group is waiting for breakfast. My husband continued his charge towards the bridge that would lead us to this new elusive world. I walked up to a lady standing in line and politely inquired if she was in line for the Avatar ride. Her and ten other people answered, “Yes.”

I was informed that the wait was at least an hour long. I glanced down the line and noticed  that it was wrapped around the corner and growing at an alarming pace. I yelled at my husband to return and we followed the ever growing line. Does this line encircle the entire park?

I finally noticed a Disney employee holding a sign in the air stating that I had reached the dreaded end of the line. Dreaded, because at this point I was informed that the wait was two hours long.

When I was younger, I didn’t mind standing in line for hours on end. Now, a thirty minute wait tries my patience. We decided to stand in line with the rest of the state. Surely, the employee was exaggerating when he said the wait was two hours long. Two hours and fifteen minutes later, we finally entered the ride. My husband and I absolutely loved it!

After the ride was over, my husband noticed the dreaded line was appreciably shorter. We walked over and checked the wait time. “Come on,” my husband said as he entered the significantly shorter line.

With the Disney app on my phone, I periodically checked the wait times on the popular rides over the next couple of days. When the parks open, everyone seems to have the same idea, charge into the parks and make their way to the most popular and/or newest rides.  As the day progresses, the wait times drop notably around lunch and dinner time. Towards the end of the day, when the nighttime shows commence, the wait times drop again. Useful to know if you don’t want to spend the better part of the day waiting in line.

 

Navigating Disney World Tip #2

Backpacks at Disney World? My husband brought to my attention the number of backpacks he noticed in the Disney World parks. Why are all these people bringing backpacks into Disney parks.

Unlike many sport venues, there’s no need to ditch that water bottle at the door. Many of those backpacks contained meals, snacks and drinks.

As one security officer proudly stated, “Disney let’s you bring drinks and food into the park. There are people who bring in coolers and ice chests.”

Good thing to know if you already spent a fortune on lodging, parking and tickets.