We are like birds – migrating south when the winter gets cold. Eight days of warmth and sun in the Florida Keys!
Key Largo Day 1-3
Who can’t enjoy the warm sun and breezy nights in the most Southern part of Florida? After a harrowing experience of a near miss shooting at the Ft Lauderdale airport, we landed in West Palm beach. Planes landing one after another to avoid the in Ft Lauderdale airport, dropping all their passengers off here, where travelers were scrambling for the few rental cars available at this smaller airport.
We had our family arrange one for us while we were disembarking the plane, so we scored our rental car to drive south for the night at Key Largo. Staying at the Hilton for a relaxing experience. Finally !! Warm sun and beach water. Here, the beach water does not have a tide. You can leave your chair on the shores edge and it will still be at the waters edge 6 hours later. As a storm kick up with quick winds on the beach, we headed to the pool. Ah…Three days of bliss in Key Largo.
The area in Key Largo afforded us many choices of food. We picked The conch House one night, a place where conch is big feature on the menu. A conch is the creature that was inside the big shell you hold up to your ear to hear the sound of the ocean. Even Emeril stopped one time at this restaurant. So I decide to indulge in tasting conch in their famous fritter. NOT A FAN! We tried a few other place to eat. Another night, thinking we should be on the water front, we tried the Pilot House. The food was good and of course I chose seafood and even dessert a key lime pie of course.
It is true what they say about the food in Italy!!! A feast for the eyes and the stomach. Foodie Alert! This was more that just satisfying your tastes buds, it’s a sensual experience. By this I mean, you use many of your senses to enjoy it. The smell, the vision, the taste and the touch.
Our B & B served us a daily breakfast on a tray …more than enough for two.
The shops on the streets had alluring desserts calling my name and gelato was everywhere!
We also found tempting fruits stands in the streets so you can can choose healthy and fresh foods
Rome was overflowing with restaurants and shops of the most delicious foods. As we ate our way through Rome our senses were delighted to be included.
Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
Europe is fascinating to me. The people, the culture, and the history all tied into one continent. All my life I wanted to see Italy, and truly experience Rome. Our holiday to Rome from Boston was just an overnight flight. Once we arrived our driver dropped us off at the end of a narrow street and we wheeled our suitcases along the cobblestones street to Townhouse Fontina Di Trevi.
Our accommodations were a fantastic location. A small B & B a few doors down from the famous Fountain in the heart of Rome. An open window overlooked the street to Trevi fountain , a great place for doing the “people watch”. Each morning in our luxurious space we were served a deluxe breakfast wheeled in on a cart to our room. So, while we sipped coffee in bed we listened to the sounds of the city outside the open 2nd floor window balcony.
We heard the clip clop of horses hooves pulling carriages of happy couples and accordion players created the melodic sounds of Italian music. It felt just like a dream!
Our first stop was the Rome Colosseum. We wanted to view this with our eyes to see the magnificence of such an ancient structure. There it was, in its grand state of prominence, still standing in part since 80 A.D. . Of course I used my trusty “selfie stick” to prove my attendance at this incredible piece of history. If you forget to bring one don’t worry the vendors are hawking them are everywhere in the city.
When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.” Acts22:26
The Street actors were all over the city entertaining ……
The streets were bustling with people and beautiful window displays…………
There are many many shops to browse and drool over in Italy such as Gucci, Armani- all the famous Italian designers. Italians love beautiful and unique shoes. Women were wearing shoes I could dream of owning. Walking towards the Spanish Steps, the high end stores were calling my name.
Boston is a great place to visit. The city has a long history and so much to see. In recent years the waterfront has undergone a huge transformation. I live close enough to the city to be there in 20 minutes by ferry from Hingham, MA. Many times I have been here on my own power boat or my friends boats cruising through the hahbah!.
Recently we spent a Saturday night on the town. Stopping at the Barking Crab restaurant on the waterfront is a treat. Here there’s a casual vibe, great seafood, and quick service. Boat captains can dock their boat just outside the restaurant and walk up the dock to eat dinner here while viewing the water just outside your open window on a warm summer evening.
Not far from this scene, along the waterfront is the Boston Children’s Museum and the site of the famous Boston Tea Party.
This particular evening as we strolled the city we passed through the Harbor Hotel and headed over to the North End for an Italian Saints Festival.
We ended our night on the waterfront once again at the dock to board the Hingham Commuter boat back home and adjourn our evening with a ride to the front door.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” Matthew 5:14