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Hawaiian Getaway 2019

Our tradition continues and this year for Alex’s birthday we decided to fly away… Waaay away :-))). Oahu, Hawaii to be exact. The flight was perfect. It was my first time flying first class. I finally crossed this off my “bucket list” and experienced the real life behind the curtain (thatโ€™s where passengers might be feasting on fine wine and warmed nuts, enjoying movies on large screens with noise-canceling headphones, and sleeping in lie-flat beds on lengthy flights). It only has ONE downside – it ruins coach for you forever ;-))). Anyway, after landing we rented a car at the airport, drove to the hotel and tried to find some trendy places to eat outside the Hilton Waikiki Beach Resort. It wasn’t easy in the dark, I must say, but we finally found the exit trough the parking garage (what???). Make sure you have a hotel map handy ;-).

On the first morning we decided to explore the famous North Shore of Oahu. After an hour drive from busy Waikiki we arrived to the very picturesque part of the island. Pineapple fields, horse farms and cute little towns full of surfers from around the world – you just have to see this part of the island to appreciate it’s laid back way of life. The view of the North Shore of Oahu is very impressive. I never had to enjoy such a fantastic view with my morning cup of coffee.

Just beyond the northern tip, we discovered Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp track and enjoyed some of the islands best and freshest garlic shrimps! Delicious!

On the next day we went for a hike in Diamond Head State Park. This hike offers breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. In fact the view is so good, it was used by the US military as a post for preventing attacks against Honolulu.
The trail takes you to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater. While the hike isnโ€™t that long in terms of distance, it was somewhat challenging, especially the steep 99 steps at the end.

On the way home we stopped at the Lanai Lookout Point. The view, again, is incredible. Locals assure you can see humpback whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean in the months of December thru May. It was the end of January and I was hoping for the opportunity to see some of them, but we weren’t lucky enough this time. I really recommend to visit this place, not only because of whales, but just to enjoy the sounds of waves and meditation.

Next day was rainy and turned out it was the perfect weather for visiting Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. This place is surreal. After seeing it on IG so many times I just had to visit it to make sure it’s as beautiful as they say it is. It was even more… It was overwhelming. At some point I had a feeling I’m on the “Jurassic Park” set. No wonder they were filming in these mountains! Your life might not be the same after visiting this place ;-))).

We took a long way home and found couple of gorgeous little beaches. The waves and wind were pretty strong despite the sunny day, so we just walked around and played with the sand.

Next on our list was Dole Plantation. Very cute place that will make you love a very good ripe pineapple! I never thought that these can taste so sweet and delicious when fresh from the field. Yum!

Next “must see” is the Byodo-In Temple, that was built in the 1960’s to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant workers in Hawaii. It is a replica of the 950-year-old Byodoin Temple located in Kyoto, Japan.
The Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational Buddhist temple which welcomes people of all faiths to worship, meditate or simply appreciate its beauty.

And there it was… our last sunset in Waikiki. We had so much fun exploring the island, but I feel we still have much more to see and experience. Already miss this amazing place. Mahalo nui loa, Hawaii
๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿค™. See you soon!

Under Italian Sun. Amalfi Vacation.

This time our destination is the gorgeous town of Amalfi . We decided to try on the local life and rented a villa with the most picturesque view.ย  I can’t describe all the sunsets we were able to catch, so beautiful and breathtaking . We found a pathway that goes all the way from the villa to the town center and every turn of that walk views are breathtaking. The whole town is cozy and while slightly touristy, it managed to keep its charm.

Another fabulous day brought us to these Ancient Greek Temples. Paestum is an often overlooked archaeological site in the southern Amalfi Coast. To say it’s breathtaking isn’t an overstatement. Paestum is located just south of Salerno, and it easy to get to by car. The Greek temples are so massive, and in such good condition, it’s staggering to know how old they are (dating from about 600 to 450 BC) and that they’re still standing.
It was an unexpectedly peaceful site to visit. There were very few tourists around, and we truly felt as though we had the place to ourselves. We will never forget this incredible experience!

‘Come back to Sorrento’ is on my mind when I look back at our pictures from Sorrento. This citrus-blossom-scented, southern-Italian town celebrated for millennia. Sorrento is a picturesque place with a spectacular cliff-top setting facing Mount Vesuvius across the glittering Bay of Naples. It’s the place where locals go when Amalfi Coast starts getting busy with tourists. Fantastic restaurants, shops selling lemon-themed souvenirs and perfect beaches – everything around just calls to relax and have a lazy day. And that’s exactly what we did with a bit of shopping and a lot of eating ;-))). Felt in love with this town.

We decided that the gorgeous Amalfi coast line has to be experienced from the water. So we caught the boat from Amalfi to Positano and enjoyed a spectacular views all the way to our destination. It was one of the highlights of our trip and we truly had fun exploring and getting lost in this ritzy “one-street” town.ย  Btw, famous Lemonย Sherbet is a must to taste! Delicious.

Vacations can’t last forever and our last day in Ravello was very sweet with a bit of lemon ๐Ÿ‹in it . We walked around Villa Rufolo for hours, had some coffee at the cutest little restaurant at the Piazza Duomo before going back to Amalfi.
Our trip was amazing and we are so happy that we were able to share this precious experience with the most important people in our lives – our lovely parents. Amalfi will be always in our hearts ๐Ÿ’•.

One short walk trough the Rome before heading home… Arrivederci, Italia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜, hope to see you again soon…

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New York Weekend.

This year for Alex’s BD we decided to revisit NYC again. Our last visit dated back to 2007. A lot happened since and we are pleased to rediscover this amazing city. We stayed at @TheRenwickNYC (Curio Collection by Hilton).ย ย We were staying at the John Steinbeck Suite and we loved every minute of it!
Flying, visiting Museum of Modern Art, walking Times Square and Shopping – our day was awesome and full of emotions.

The weather next day (Alex’ BD)ย  ย was sunny andย  just perfect, thanks to that we were able to make the most of it. The Empire State Building , Grand Central Terminal, Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo, NYC Ferry, 9/11 Memorial to name just a few sightseeing… My loveย  for New York grew to the next level.

Our last day in NY was rainy, but mild. So we went to Guggenheim Museum and took a long romantic walk through the Central Park back to our Hotel to catch the taxi to the airport. It was an amazing walk! The park was literally empty except some locals, who obviously enjoyed to have the park for themselves and definitely consider a rainy day as a good weather day ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰.
Our weekend was unforgettable and we will be back again to the Big Apple, because there is so much more to see and rediscover. I hope some of these pictures will be able to tell our story…ย  Love this city, do you? Have a fantastic day, my friends!

 

Grand Cayman Vacation

Kimpton Seafire is so much more than a hotel. It is The Destination. As awesome as Grand Cayman Island is by itself, it was the Kimpton Seafire Resort that made our anniversary trip so very special!

This place just clicked from the moment we walked in! Brand new, gorgeous contemporary hotel on the Seven Mile Beach with the great attention to detail inside and out.

We felt that “contemporary chic boutique” is the best way to describe the place. We spent countless hours on theย grounds checking out all outdoor seating areas, then pop in for evening reception to cool down with the wine, and admire gorgeous minimalist decoration and, of course enjoy a conversation. Beach is just picture perfect and dining at the Coccoloba (that happens to sit right on the beach) can not be beaten!

And above all, we can not thank all the folks that work at the Seafire enough! Andย JP Gorley, from the bottom of our heart very sincere thank you for extremely professional yet so personal special moments we enjoyed so much.

Before this trip we were torn between Curacao, USVI and PR if we were asked about a perfect Caribbean place, but now we know the answer: Kimpton Seafire Resort, Grand Cayman.

P.S. We have not been asked to write this post nor we are being compensated in any way by the resort — these words are from our hearts.