Bruges is a lot like Ghent, only bigger and not everyone speaks Flemish. It’s a lot more tourist-filled, as well. Today’s agenda includes a canal boat tour, where I’ll be trying not to turn green. We’re hoping to take advantage of the full kitchen in our rental and cook dinner at home tonight, we’ll see! I’m happy to have Theresa of InspirationCooperative here filling in for me today to kick off the weekend. Here we go…
Before we had children, my favorite holiday was the one my husband and I (and two of our good friends) took to Europe. We landed in London, then traveled by train to Paris, Venice, Florence, and, finally, Rome. As soon as (and I do mean “as soon as”) the kids are old enough, I really want to return to Europe, adding a few new cities. I think it would be such a great adventure with the kids. Plus, I can’t wait to embark on city-exploring vacations again.
Now that we have children, my favorite holiday is our annual trip to Hawaii. We stay at a resort in Oahu and basically never leave. The first day we arrive, we make our one trip to the grocery store and then settle in for a week of pure relaxation, or as relaxing as it can be with children. My favorite part of this holiday is the fact that we have no agenda, no schedule other than to get up each morning, slather on sunscreen, go down to the pool/beach, order a shaved ice, and simply enjoy life…Slow style. One thing you will quickly notice in Hawaii is that the culture’s motto is the slow life. In fact, if you’re ever running late, we often joke that you must be on Hawaii time. [smile]
The one exception we make to the “no schedule” holiday is the one day excursion we take outside of the resort. We usually trek into the city (Waikiki) for a little shopping and Waiola’s shaved ice. Note: Not a snow cone, but shaved ice. Imagine eating freshly fallen snow with flavors such as pina colada, melona (melon), and banana. We have also taken the kids to the zoo and traveled in the opposite direction to the North Shore where you can watch surfers tackle epic waves (30 feet or higher!). Out on the North Shore, we keep our eye open for a little ramble shack across the street that makes the best acai bowls consisting of generous layers of vanilla yogurt, granola, honey, and acai berries (widely known for their amazing antioxidants). Surfers flock to this shack after a day of surfing and it’s easy to understand why.
I could certainly go on about the amazingness that is Hawaii, but I’ll stop there. If you ever get the chance to go, I can’t recommend it enough. Prepare to let all your stress wash away.
Well, Erin, thank you so much for having me here today. I enjoyed sharing my favorite vacation with everyone. Speaking of which, I am thinking about you on your own vacation, hoping you’re having the most amazing time in Europe and can’t wait to hear all about it when you return.
Who’s ready for an island vacation? After this trip, no agenda and no schedule sound super relaxing! Aren’t Theresa’s kids the cutest? Thank you, Theresa! Have a great weekend everyone, but be sure to check back on Monday for another guest-post!