DC dulcet it was… What a blast of my country’s delicious culture and history. Where did I feel the most touched – at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. “Out of a mountain of despair a stone of hope.” The day was sizzling hot. Sebu and I had to dip our heads into water fountains. We had lunch at the Botanical Gardens – even their tropical climate seemed to be giving us some refuge from the beating sun.
DC is a full-eye-and-body experience. You can walk your little feet into a coma and dazzle your visual senses til you cannot take any more majestic landmarks. We slept in our glamping tent at a campground, a train ride away from the capital. That ended up being a very practical an idea. At the end of our days, we’d ride the subway home, get some dinner and doze off to the sound of Maryland grasshoppers.
Sawgrass Mills cap
G by Guess ballet flats
Oh those blisters when they hit ya…
Water! Joy! After a mid 90s day… This felt like a true oasis.
Welcome to Sunset Beach, New Jersey. It’s overlooking the Delaware Bay. Such a gorgeous place to welcome the falling night. I’m definitely a beach girl. I love the brushing sound of waves caressing the shore. I can get lost in the vast, open space that opens up before me. I dream of Europe, faraway on the other side. I send love to dear ones over there.
It’s super important to have those times when we can just let our spirits free. No need to carry a professional role or to figure anything out. On the beach, I can just be me. I will break into a dance, sit quietly or journal if I wish.
The memory of this time, my internal beach, will now travel with me wherever I go. I will retreat back to it when things get hectic. I will remind myself, thru these pictures as my visual aid, of that peaceful and hopeful state of internal sentiment that I was in. When I have this piece of golden sun in my memory bank, I feel yet stronger.
Arden hair rose
Quebec City shades
We visited Annapolis. It was a steaming hot, scorchingly humid afternoon that turned into a dulcet mid 80s evening. Annapolis is a cute little town. The U.S. Naval Academy dominates the city with its majestic presence. There are cute souvenir and gift shops. We ended up strolling uptown where the historical sites are, then ventures along the Naval Academy’s walls down to the waterfront.
The heat had us exhausted and so we stopped and had dinner at this famous deli that had pictures of fun times on their walls – like any Italian, family-owned business would do. They perform the “pledging allegiance to the flag” ceremony every morning. Sebastien went for crab cakes and I wanted something little – ending up with a huge plate of nachos, with all fixings imaginable, under my nose. Luckily my dinner date graciously helped me out. I wouldn’t want to waste yummy food.
Maine flop flops
Arden hair rose
My style ideology is based on chic and shock. I wear cute outfits but with an unexpected twist. That tickles my fashion buds. In this outfit, I combined my beloved Miami’s souvenir tee with otherwise traditional looking office wear. I find things to be more interesting that way. Uniqueness comes out from choices like these. I encourage you to develop your style voice. Know what your fashion is about – and then keep going to that direction.
Being back in real life after a three-week beach and city visit vacation feels quite reassuring, and well a bit same old same old’ish, too. I am making my best effort in looking at my everyday life from an appreciative angle. Routine is good, too. It gives you comfort and safety. We were made to live most of our lives in daily situations. So making them sweet by little boosts – and beginning with a positive and smiling attitude – is a gift we can give ourselves everyday. It’s not vacation time that really matters, but what you do when real life happens. I choose to get up and get out and like every small and big thing likable around me. There’s lot to heart around me and in my life.
Alvin’s Island t-shirt
May I present to you Jersey Shore’s southernmost point – Cape May. A cute little town that is the home of the highest concentration of Victorian houses after San Francisco. Cape May is calmer and population wise older than the neighboring Wildwood. I had a superb afternoon strolling on the quaint little streets, grabbing coffee on the go and sipping it on the beach, listening to Keith Urban. Real vacation style relaxation…
That said the reality is that today’s my second day back at work. The rest of our three-week vacay flew by so fast. I wanted to post my pictures as the days went by but I just was so exhausted after our action-filled days that it never happened. Also, the slow speed of the campground Wifi didn’t really help in motivating me.
Now I’m back home and under the good ole home Net connection. I’m excited to start a new blogging year. My goal is to boost activity around here. I miss my Paris days when we had tons of exchanges going on. When real life friendships were woven and the blogging excitement flowed over to my regular life. I’m sharing fashion, self-boosters and travel experiences to encourage you to live your life to the fullest – instantly. Hope you’ll join the ride, post after post. Hugs!
French Riviera dress and jewelry
G by Guess ballet flats
Here’s what we did in the city of brotherly love. We literally ate our way thru Philly. The day trip started off with a Starbucks stop and a cinnamon swirl muffin savored in the car as the hot sun dawned for another scorching day. Once arrived in Philadelphia, we took a tour in Franklin Square Park. After that we ventured to the Constitution Museum where we kicked the visit off with a magnificent performance on American history.
G for Guess top
Lunch break happened at around 2pm at Reading Terminal Market, all culinary lovers’ paradise. I opted for a salad I myself composed from Tootsie’s Salad Bar with a cinnamon-cherry-walnut bagel, a flavor combo I had never tasted. The hubs had to give a try to the same Philly Steak sandwich as Obama had chosen. (The hubs already ate Obama approved cookies in Ottawa.) I took coffee to go from Old City Coffee and we headed out to check out the Liberty Bell where in 1776 the founding fathers rang in independence declaration from England.
Our dinner took place at Hard Rock Cafe. I went for Cobb Salad and a glass of Merlot. A delish choice. The hubby savored a mango-pineapple-bacon-cheeseburger, and loved it. We drove back to the Jersey Shore in the twilight after having checked out the Art Museum steps that Rocky ran up, as well as post me dancing at the Philadelphia City Hall. (Video on my Instagram.) So, our vacay is advancing along sweet tunes…