Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: HAWAII
Enjoying the Good Life!
Hey Hey! Aloha! GREETINGS from Poipu Beach in Kauai.
It's TRAVELIN' TUESDAY and as you can see we are still Travelin'!
Yesterday was a rather lay back sort of day. I told the kids that we'd take the day to just hang out around the resort. And they were all over that offer!
We started the day with a fun Ukulele lesson...
The kids had enjoyed themselves so much that we rented Ukuleles for the duration of our time here!
Next up, we headed to this lovely little spot that we found during our last visit (2013). It's a great place to "spot" adorable sea turtles! And it's beautiful to boot!
I just LOVE watching these cuties stick there heads in and out of the water and then bob around. I could watch them for hours...but the kids (especially Cosette was kinda done for the day).
So we headed back to our unit and the kids went straight for their... Not their iPods - but their Ukuleles!
I heard their sweet strumming for the rest of the day.
They really weren't kidding, that they just wanted a day off. I wanted to go see a Hawaiian Dance Show, and they weren't into it.I wanted to take a coastal stroll to a nearby beach park and they weren't into it.
So instead I got to writing! And although I had tons of technical difficulties, I finally got my Entertainment review of The Old Lahaina Luauposted and published! Click HERE to read the full review and lots of pictures!
Oh...Did I mention all of the wild chickens that roam this island? We had a few visitors even come to our back door!
So does that mean we get a morning wake up of a "cock-a-doodle-do"?! Yes, I hear him out there and his cute little call! But I've been getting up well before the sun rises and that rooster has got nothing on me ;)
As far as today, we do have a fun and full schedule of activities - so I hope the kids have charged their inner batteries and are ready to go! I know that I AM!
It's gonna be a beautiful day! Come back tomorrow for the SCOOP and to see all of the pictures of this amazing paradise!
It's time for me to go get my Hula on, and shake this thing out the door! -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 3 DAYS
Tuesday...Spotlight Palermo, Sicily
GOOD DAY TO YOU!! Second day of the week and we are rockin'!
Today, I have a pretty big issue that arose last night. My little Kelsey, who gets terribly homesick when traveling, advised me yesterday that she really doesn't want to go to Pennsylvania this coming weekend. UGH
This child definitely does NOT take after her mom. In any case, I have to figure out this situation because the last thing I want to do is to give her anxiety. But, on the other hand, I cannot stop traveling.
I was trying to figure out a happy compromise - maybe only go overnight; leave two days later and let her go to the barn first before heading to PA. But, I just don't see that either of these are reasonable solutions.
Unfortunately, the Bed and Breakfast we booked has a 10 day cancellation policy or I lose my $240 deposit. Now, Kelsey was also very upset at the idea that I would go with Gianna and although, she didn't want to come and "sleep in a strange place," she didn't want to miss out on any fun.
I feel really sad, but in the end, I will be heading out as planned on Friday with Gianna. Kelsey will stay with her Daddy for the weekend. UGH!! Kids!!
The good news is that she is really doing amazing at riding, so she might benefit from being at the barn instead of going to PA (can you tell, I'm trying to convince myself lol).
Today also happens to be Travein' Tuesdsay - my favorite day!!
Over the course of the past few weeks, I've been highlighting Sicily and the various cities and sites on this Italian island. I've featured the following so far: (Click Herefor Caltanissetta, Click Here for Ragusa, Click Here for Siracusa,Click Here for Taormina)
Today, we'll be taking a little trip to Palermo, in the northwest region of Sicily, which also happens to be the regional capital of Sicily.
The history of Palermo dates back to 760 BC and has been anything but stable as this town has passed under the control of one dominating power to another with great frequency.
One of the reasons is because of its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean, which made it vulnerable to invader after invader which have included: the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons, just to name the most influential.
As a result, this city is blessed with a immense range of architectural styles, a plethora of ingredients used in many local dishes and unique place names which are not of Italian origin.
Coming from a family of both Sicilian and Italian descent, I can attest to the fact that the food, the culture and the dialect of Sicily is very different and unique to that of the mainland of Italy.
There is something very unique about it all and those of us who are Sicilian make a clear distinction about this part of our heritage versus being "run of the mill" Italian.
Monreale Cathedral (credit: Bruno Girin)
Santa Catherine of Alexandria Church, Palermo, Sicily (credit wikipedia.com)
Two sites worth noting are the Palatine Chapel and the Duomo of Monreale famous for their magnificent mosaics.
According to Sacred Destinations.com, "Monreale Cathedral was built from 1174 to 1185. It was commissioned by William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily, who wished to demonstrate the magnificence of his kingdom and outdo the splendid Palatine Chapel built by his grandfather, Roger II. The project employed both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen, resulting in a magnificent fusion of eastern and western influences."
Santa Catherine of Alexandria Church is known for being one of the most beautiful churches in all of Sicily, with its Baroque style dates back to the 17th and 18th Century, with its construction having actually begun in 1566.
These picture illustrate the incredible merging of the various artistic styles from Palermo's diverse history.
Now, all i have to do is lock into my schedule to visit my "homeland!!"
Next week, we'll continue around Sicily to the west coast!