In the wee hours of the morning Anthony’s family and I took a bus from London, England to Lacock, Bathe and Wiltshire, England to further explore this beautiful country. The Stonehenge was so amazing, there is no question why it is one of the wonders of the world! While we have bright smiles in this picture, we were actually freezing our butts off. England is much cooler in September than we were expecting.
Anthony and I took a trip to Vegas to celebrate Alyse and Logan’s wedding! Destination weddings are so much fun. When we arrived in Vegas, we headed out to the strip with friends and stopped to get champagne and beer to drink while we walked around. Little did we know, open glass containers are not allowed on the strip. I literally just popped open the bottle of champagne before a police officer informed us of this rule. I asked him, could we pour the champagne into beer cans as opposed to throwing away a brand new bottle. He said sure! Quickly the guys began chugging beer so we could use the empty beer cans for the champagne. No alcohol was left behind.
The next day, Anthony took me to my first Vegas buffet. If you know me, you know I am not about a buffet. You have no clue how long the food has been sitting there or if someone accidentally touched the food you are about to consume, but Anthony had me sold on this idea when he said they have all you can drink mimosa’s. The brunch buffet tasted better than I expected and I saw staff members refilling certain trays of food often. Would I go back? Maybe.
Anthony and I recently spent a few days in Florida with his family. We flew into Fort Lauderdale, and spent the morning at the Everglades Holiday Park. We enjoyed the air boat tour, but only were able to see a few gators. That night we stayed in the most beautiful hotel, The Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. I think I could have taken a vacation just to this hotel! They offered paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga on the beach, had three huge swimming pools and were perfectly located on the beach! I loved the bath tub in the hotel suite and had the most relaxing night before heading out to The Keys the next morning.
In Islamorada, we went Deep Sea Fishing with Captain Brian and Gaylon from Robbie’s. This was my first time fishing and I caught a fish the first time I threw in a line! It was pretty cool, I enjoyed fishing! I loved having a private charter because they helped with the dirty work. Anthony reeled in a shark which was pretty exciting. While the shark was cut from the hook, he was not harmed and we released him back into the ocean. We took the fish big enough to be eaten to Lazy Days, a really cool restaurant on the beach, who cooked the fish for Paula, Rob and Anthony’s lunch. It looked delicious, but I enjoyed pasta- fish are friends, not food.
While in Key West we enjoyed walking around the shops, the famous Key West Sunset, taking a picture at the Southern Most Point and drinking coconut water from a coconut!
Anthony and I had a great time in Florida and will most definitely be back!
Going into the trip, I was most excited to take a ride in a London taxi cab and be able to communicate in English with the locals, but London by far was my favorite place in Europe we have visited.
Anthony’s family and I had a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed Tea Party which was so fun. We visited the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Ice Bar. We were able to see a play, Wicked, which was really cool.
On our way into London, we took a train and met some very nice locals who were such kind hostess’ buying everyone drinks at the train bar. This was definitely a fun welcoming experience.
While in London, I was able to tour the Harry Potter Warner Bros studio with Paula and Taylor which was amazing! Any Harry Potter fan NEEDS to go on this tour while in London!
Anthony and I visited Paris with his family in September of 2016. We started off the vacation, eating in the dark at a restaurant served by blind people, where you are not even able to pick your own meal! FUN- I am not adventurous with food and quite honestly moved most of my meal onto Anthony’s plate, but this was a fun way to get to know everyone. I was meeting his step mom and sisters for the first time and we covered a lot of topics during our first meal and hour together, let’s just say we got to know each other well over dinner.
While in Paris, we visited the Louvre, the Love Lock Bridge, the Eiffel tower, and spent a day touring the Champagne region and wineries! We treated ourselves at Louis Vuitton and I tried my first macaroon. There was definitely a language barrier in Paris and the food was a little out there for me, but I enjoyed our time here!
Shockingly my first experience at a Disney park was the Paris Disneyland at 23 years old, but I loved every minute of it! I visited the park with Anthony’s family and when we first arrived we picked up a “first time visitor” badge before proceeding to shop for tee shirts and ears to wear that day. After Paula, Melissa, Taylor and I were ready, the fun began! I loved the “It’s a Small World attraction,” as well as “The Tower of Terror.” I am looking forward to visiting the rest of the Disney parks.
Venice was brutally warm for the clothing we packed and to our surprise, there are no air conditioners in Europe! I had the bright idea of taking a shower before going to sleep and leaving the windows open to cool. The next morning Anthony and I woke up to mosquito bites all over us, unfortunately this was a bad idea.
Anthony and I went on a gondola ride and had a romantic dinner by the water. We got a good laugh out of a restaurant employee feeding bread to the fish while calling them “my fish.” We took a water taxi from the airport to the hotel which was fun and Anthony got a good laugh out of me asking what flavor the “lemon slush was.” I just wanted a sample before buying my own…