Hi to all! Feels like forever since my last post on the the New Year. The festivities are officially over and I’m slowly returning blogging again. I caught a very bad cold and cough and spend more than three weeks inside the house in a quarantine mood, between bed and couch, so weak that was impossible to do anything. The cough was the worst part and took a lot of energy out of me and hurt the stomach and throat.
I’m feeling so much better now and have my strength back, working almost full time with new projects and in process of updating the newBella Bohemian Boutiquesince this year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Stay tuned in the meantime don’t forget to stop by for your Valentine’s Day gifts 😉
Last year we had a wonderful trip to Hawaii where I wrote a few posts about Maui (Part 1,Part 2) our first stop. Since I hadn’t had the time to continue to write my adventures, today I’ll start the first post of the year to continue the story in photos and words of this beautiful island.
After Maui we were very pleased to be in Ohau. Though to my surprise the island was very busy with a lot of tourists from everywhere especially Asians. We went around the end of September to the middle of October, thinking there would be less people … Also the weather was temperamental from one Island to the other. One side was a pretty with blue skies, the other side was hot and humid without any wind. (This time we stayed in Kailua)
Soon we left Kailua and drove to visit Waikiki where we had (what was to us ) this unusual experience as we hit a strong rain storm that shook the Jeep, it was unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before and with thunder too.
Welcome to brand new week. Hope you all are doing amazing …
Today I’m closing the Maui trip with few more photos from around the Island. I really enjoyed this place, from the peaceful warm beaches, surrounded by various shapes of trees, the amazing food and the beauty of the tropics. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them.
Here is a little list of delicious restaurants to try:
One of the most precious words in the Hawaiian language is ‘aina, meaning the land. A truly unique island with many hidden jewels, raw beauty, cool air and is extraordinarily inspiring in so many ways. You just need to be open to see and let your body feel the joy of this magic island, definitely another world. I’m just hoping the development in the island stops sometime as I’m wondering how much growth and progress we need in our lives before we start considering the preservation of our natural environment, appreciate what’s there and behave responsibly by e.g. recycling more….
Exploring Maui is like an exciting adventure and a taste of Paradise: In this post you will see photos from the Twin Falls, ocean view from the Marriott Hotel, Lahaina Harbor, the exotic Protea Flower, a tunnel of trees on the Road to Hāna and a few more shots from around the island. It’s so worth the drive and to be able to discover amazing places on the way.
Have a beautiful weekend and MAHALO!
.. don’t forget to greet people with the Hawaiian shaka!
I’m back from an amazing trip to Hawaii. It’s my second time there but my first in Maui. What a great experience it was, full of adventure. We got up every morning around 7:00 AM to the sound of the roosters and many other birds which were singing like at a competition. We ate breakfast at our lovely Bed & Breakfast which was a historical site that had been around since at least 1924 in the town of Makawao.
In this post you will see the other side of Maui though my eyes and camera. We were surrounded by stunning farms, a winery, gorgeous lavender fields, beautiful rolling pastorall hills with happy cows laying or moving about amidst lush vegetation, mixed together with lovely birds all in perfect harmony like a big happy family. That’s what Nature is all about when you leave it alone and just let it be.
The views were breathtaking with pure fresh breezes going though our noses and giving our souls the sensation of truly being at peace.
Towns such as Paia, Makawao and of course Lahaina had a great selection of charming shops, galleries, artist studios, cafes, restaurants and friendly people. At the same time there was plenty of chance to also get away from it all to just take in and appreciate all the natural beauty and wonder of this place.
Today I would like to share a few more photos that I took last year in Hawaii. Since the year passed by so fast I didn’t have much time to post or talk about all the cool places I’ve seen. Today I would like to dedicated this post to theHard Rock Cafe.
I have been to a lot of Hard Rock Cafes, but this one is the coolest. Great atmosphere with good view and fresh breeze from the balcony. It’s clean with a lot of relaxing space between tables. Also I was impressed by the musical memorabilia: I really liked checking out all the guitars and took a lot of photos.
Now let’s talk about the food. I don’t normally eat in chain restaurants but this one was great. First, they have various appealing dishes on the menu, lots to choose from. I ordered a “Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich” and my fiancé ordered a “Grilled Sirloin Steak” the smell of this meal was incredible and for drinks a pitcher of sangria. And later for desert we shared a “Chocolate Mousse Bite”. We stayed for a while because the timing was perfect and pleasant and there were no lines of people waiting for tables.
I saved for last to talk about the service. From the beginning we had a great hostess and a super friendly and attentive waitress. She was great in so many ways, very well trained as was the general staff. Even their uniforms were clean.
I made a little collage so you have some idea of the restaurant… I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my travelings / photography / restaurant review.
I hope all is well with you. Today I would like to share a few photos that I took on the road last year. We stopped at Cafe Kevah Nepenthe in Big Sur, California. It’s where the food is deliciously served with an amazing view, the restaurant is cozy and casual and I liked the charming touch of the succulents on every table. Also they have a large rustic wooden patio situated above the clouds overlooking the ocean and mountains; with a lovely outdoor seating area with cool colorful cushion-covered steps, chairs and tables with shades provided to customers. Downstairs is the Phoenix, a great gift shop with a variety of cool goodies, books, wind chimes… Definitely worth a stop if you are in Big Sur.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my travelings/photography and I’m wishing you loads of luck and love. (✿◠‿◠)
Here is a little bit of what I’ve been doing recently, discovering new cool things around the city.
It’s with great pleasure that I share these lovely photos visiting various beautiful places in San Diego. Since I’m still relatively new here so everything still enchants me so much. California is an amazing, exciting place you just need to know where to go. Below are a few images to continue our celebration of this summer at Sea Worldas well as the Maritime Museum of San Diego Harbor, which is a few blocks from the adorable Little Italy. More photos will be featured in the next post.
The gentle, mysterious white beluga whale is one of the park’s most sociable animals. Born dark grey, their signature white color is actually a clever camouflage belugas develop by maturity, allowing them to swim peacefully in the waters of their icy arctic homes.
Nicknamed “sea canaries” by mariners, belugas are often heard before seen thanks to their unmistakable birdlike songs. Instead of dorsal fins, they have a low dorsal ridge that lets them easily swim beneath thick ice sheets and find breathing holes; a pretty cool adaptation essential to life in one of the coldest regions of the globe.
I hope each of you is enjoying the rest of the Summer as I do wherever you are... ❤
I also took the photo of this big guy who was sleeping during the whole time.
The Polar Bears are the largest land carnivore, polar bears also happen to be the top predator in the Arctic. Their impressive size (up to 12 feet tall for males) running speed (20 miles per hour), and swimming ability combine to make them one of the fiercest predators around.
Polar bears aren’t truly white; their fur is actually translucent. This allows sunlight to soak through their fur and into their black skin helping them stay warm in chilly temperatures.
Highly dependent on seasonal sea ice for hunting and traveling, global climate change is severely impacting these extraordinary animals. Because of their unstable habitat and food supply, polar bears are considered threatened by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship the Star of India.
Hello! I’m back from a little vacation to Oahu to recharge my batteries. After we landed, we hopped into our jeep and went on to explore the Island. Hawaii is beautiful with amazing landscapes, friendly people, blue skies, crystal clear water of unearthly turquoise with lush vegetation and white sandy beaches and delicious food. Maybe three days were rainy, but then the sky cleared and left us with fresh breezes and the lovely smell of the wet earth. After that every day felt amazing, like living in paradise.
So I hope you enjoy the photos and the new blog layout. I will be back soon with more updates and Hawaii photos. My travel articles tend to spread out a bit. That’s because I enjoy every moment and exploring other countries and places are magical moments for me, moments that I pick out individually when the mood strikes.
Have an amazing week and a lovely July 4th for those in the US.♥
I met this lovely couple, Helen & Dick Fisher, from Seattle. Every year, for the last 20 years, they’ve visited Hawaii and take pictures with the same photographer (Dino), together all dressed with his birds, celebrating their wedding anniversary. This was their 60th anniversary — many blessings to them!