For more years than I can count, we’ve taken a ‘Spring Break’ trip with our three children. In recent years, as they’ve grown and are in college, or graduated and have jobs, it was sometimes only two of my three with us, or even just one a couple years ago. This year, it was only my hubby and me, and yet we still called it our Spring Break trip until several friends jokingly made fun of us, asking if we were still in school. I guess we need to just call it vacation, now 🙂
We were invited by friends to join them for a few days at a condo they bought a couple years ago in Naples, Florida, so we happily accepted. I’d never spent time in that particular city, and it was just beautiful. Lovely beaches, great restaurants, and a pretty and enjoyable downtown. Here we are during a day trip on a rented pontoon boat, otherwise known as a Party Barge, where we ate stone crabs and drank wine, then stopped and dipped our toes in the sand and surf after enjoying lots of wildlife along the waterway.
And at the Naples version of a farmer’s market, with great produce and honeys, as well as foods of all kinds. These are huge pans of paella – didn’t have any, but doesn’t it look yummy?
And me enjoying a smoking cocktail, then eating fab sushi. I think you get the picture… Lots of drinking and eating! 🙂
After we left Naples, we took a three hour ferry on the Gulf of Mexico to Key West – another place we’ve never been. It was crazy and fun – my husband said the main blocks were like ‘Bourbon Street on steroids’ but off the beaten path, it was totally different. The architecture was lovely, and we went to several fascinating maritime museums we really enjoyed.
Then we went to Ernest Hemingway’s house. Here’s a picture of one of the ancestors of his famous six-toed cats – there were so many of them there! And the first swimming pool within a 100 mile area that cost so much, Hemingway jokingly buried his ‘last penny’ in the concrete surround. And a pic of me hoping to channel great writing vibes as I stand next to his writing loft.
Can’t forget the sign showing that Key West is the southernmost point in the United States, and very close to Cuba! Lastly, a picture of the beloved and tiny Key deer that inhabit the area (we rented a car and drove up the Keys to explore). It doesn’t show how tiny it is – the size of a small dog – but does show how it’s totally unafraid of humans.
How about you? Did you take a ‘Spring Break’ trip? Or are you heading somewhere fun soon? xoxo