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.
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.
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.
The best part of road trips is discovering places of interest that you may not even be aware existed.
Were we somehow magically transported to London? No, it’s the WinStar World Resort & Casino in Oklahoma. Home to the largest casino in Oklahoma, it is located off I-35 near the Texas/Oklahoma border.
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.
The first time my parents took me to Disneyland, I was 7 years old. As I vaulted out of the car, I looked up and saw the Disneyland sign. I starting jumping up and down. I did this for the next couple of minutes. I was so excited and happy. My dream had come true. To me this was definitely the happiest place on earth.
I have beautiful memories of the vacations we were able to spend at Disneyland, and later as an adult at Disney World. All three of my adult children share this love. With everything going on in the world, it’s nice to be able to enter a world that celebrates the hopes, dreams and optimism of our youth.
Tomorrow, my husband and I will venture to Disney World, however this time without the kids. I’m looking forward to creating new magical memories. Helpful tips if you are able to visit either Disneyland or Disney World, plan ahead and wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking.
Being a parent has afforded me some of the greatest joys and experiences of my life. It has also made me realize, since my youngest is in college, that I’ve forgotten about me.
Before I had children, I had multiple interests, numerous friends and an adventurous spirit. Somewhere along the way, my life became intermeshed with their lives. Looking back, I realize it happened the day they were born.
As my children grew, old friendships and activities took a back seat to my children’s increasing social activities. The new friends I began cultivating were directly linked to these activities. These friends slowly drifted away as their kids followed different interests. Between shuttling my kids between school, dance, swim, martial arts, etc., I relegated my interests to a back shelf.
The revelation that I’ve forgotten about me is new and didn’t occur until a couple of days ago. I recognize that there are activities that interest me that are not linked to my children, but are completely mine, and that’s a good thing.
When I look at the picture below, it reminds me of the adventurous spirit that I have that needs to be rediscovered in maybe a different, but albeit fascinating manner.