Friday, May 21, 2010

Just Beachy

(cross-posted over at BlogTrotting as part of our BlogTrotting Together linky fun.)

Last week I talked about my dream vacation, today I'm going to talk about the favorite vacation that I've taken. So far.

Where to begin? I have climbed the Eiffel Tower, twice. I have looked out from the stands of the Coliseum and pondered the gladiators in days of yore. I have searched the waves of Loch Ness looking for a prehistoric monster. I have attempted to stare down the stoic guards at Buckingham Palace. I have swum with dolphins in crystal clear Bahamian waters. I have stood in a jail cell in Alcatraz and cracked wise about a guard named Vicky. I have seen a bull fight in Barcelona. I have trekked through a Costa Rican rain forest. I have looked into the enigmatic gaze of the Mona Lisa. I have enjoyed Octoberfest in a beerhaus in Munich. I have skied the Rockies AND the Alps. I have spent New Year's Eve in Times Square. I have wandered among Mayan ruins. I have slogged the six mile (no lie) tour through the Vatican. I have caught beads thrown by Harry Connick Jr in the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. I have looked out at the majestic wonder of the Grand Canyon. I have won and lost a small fortune in Las Vegas.

There's more, but you get the point. My list of trips reads like a bucket list. I am so grateful for the amazing adventures I've been on. And as unforgettable as all of those were, my favorite trip was the one where I did the least sightseeing: my wedding/honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

It's not just that it was the most luxurious trip I've ever been on, or that it was the longest vacation I've ever taken, or that it was the occasion of my nuptials and that my nearest and dearest were there. (For part of it. I'm not crazy, we had a week just us newlyweds.) It was all of those, and so much more.

(The lobby of our hotel.)

It was the mojitos from the little cantina right outside our casita, we had so many I'm pretty sure I sweat lime juice. It was the massages, manicures and pedicures that left me soft, polished and relaxed. It was the rose petals housecleaning sprinkled around our suite every evening and cleaned up every morning. It was the 10 million threadcount sheets on the California king bed. It was the acres of marble tile in our suite. It was spotting whales in the ocean from our patio. It was laying in bed looking into the eyes of my new husband. It was spending entire days doing NOTHING.

(My beloved and I taking a stroll on the beach. Totally casual. Not staged or planned at all. Not. But still. A special moment.)

We ate, drank, slept, lounged, swam, ate, drank, slept, ate, drank. In a nutshell: the perfect vacation.

What was your favorite vacation? Link up over at BlogTrotting!


  1. OMG
    Jealous is not a strong enough word. I am in total awe of all your vacations!! Traveling and seeing new things is my favorite, favorite thing to do in the whole wide world and sadly I never, hardly ever, get to travel. We are still planning a honeymoon when Bean is bigger. I hope it is even ½ as wonderful as yours. You are so lucky!

  2. That lobby shot is amazing. That is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

  3. What a traveling past you've had! That's awesome! I love Mexico, and those pictures of your honeymoon are amazing!

  4. Um...

    I went to Iowa once.

    LOL!!!! You have been EVERYWHERE girl!!! I am Uber Jealous!!! But I agree that the vacations where you just be are the best - and probably getting married on one of those vacations would be even better.

  5. WOW! That sounds amazing, really. So amazing that even though Mexico has never appealed to me, I would go there in a millisecond :-)

    I took some lovely trips, but I hope my favorite vacation is still to come :-)

  6. Oooooh, mojitos and massages! Calgon, take me away, please, please, please. =>

  7. You are truly blessed. That vacay makes me uber jealous. My best vacay was probably last summer when we spent the 4th of July at a beach house in Flagler. It was simple. There was no agenda and it was just with the people I love the most. Our honeymoon is another post altogether. I will have to post on that sometime. It's been 12 years and I'm still not over it. Thanks to Costa cruiselines, my hubby may never be over it....:) I digress...

  8. Is it your anniversary? If so...Happy Happy! :o)
    Beautiful pics. Yes, your travel adventures are my dreams, lol. Ahhh, to be you. *sigh*

  9. I would like to a chair with a view and a mojito and a good book. I would like those things RIGHT NOW!

    What a week!

  10. I'm so jealous of all your travels. We've been on several cruises but nothing as exciting as your vacations sound.

    Mmmm....mojito. It sounds just perfect.

  11. Oh, just the site of that lobby. I need a vacation, or at least a mojito.



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