GREETINGS AND WELCOME BACK TO SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!
It's gonna be a HOT one folks! We've got a HEAT ADVISORY today :(
Well as you should know, it's TRAVELIN' TUESDAY, and as of a few hours ago we just got back from the Fabulously Fun Las Vegas!! Vegas can be such a fun place to go and luckily for us it's always a great time! We really had a BLAST!
We started yesterday off with going to the Neon Museum (Boneyard Park)...
The world's largest collection of neon signage. Featuring the unrestored collection of 150 rescued architectural landmarks from the city's most celebrated properties dating from the 1930s to the present day.
"Part history. Part art. Completely awesome." (credit: The Neon Museum)
Although it was a morning tour, it still was HOT and Cosette was hungry and not completely enthralled with the tour. The rest of us really enjoyed it and totally look forward to going back for a night tour!
Cosette was bored.
Next up was Breakfast and then a trip to the pool!
Fresh Watermelon Juice - because we needed more PINK in our day!
The ceiling at the Venetian
My annual Labor Day in Las Vegas selfie by the pool.
Then following a few relaxing hours laying out by the pool with an occasional desert breeze, as Dave and Dominic took a dip and had some fun in the sun, it was time to head over to The High Roller - the world's highest observation wheel!
While I've been on other observation wheels, this one most closely reminded me of The London Eye - and I don't know if it was because of the lack of crowds or what... I enjoyed this ride waaaaay more than the others!
We had so much fun, and with all of the fun we had over the weekend, this experience was a definite highlight!
Playing with lights and shadows..
Dinner then followed back at the Encore, at the wonderful Sinatra Restaurant (which we just love)!
And that capped off our most recent trip to Las Vegas! I do hope you had fun following along!!
IN FUTURE TRAVELS: Now even though I am über excited about our travel plans for next Spring/Summer (The Azores, Portugal, Spain, France, and Andorra), I have to admit that I am über jealous of Elisa's plans to go to Sicily and Greece (they are on my travel Bucket List). I am the type of person who just wants to do it all, and by that I do mean EVERYTHING!
I know that she is going to put together an amazing trip and I look so forward to following along in her trip planning! I can't wait until both of those amazing locations are officially on my calendar!
Also please be sure to read Elisa's column to learn a bit about our family heritage!
I'm gonna end it here folks, with all the pictures that I've shared it's certainly been a long one.
But there is one more thing that I really want to mention... I want to apologize for last week - it seems that both Elisa and I neglected to wrap up our TBT and FF features. So rather than me posting late about an amazing place and giving them less than a week being featured on the home page - I will wait until my next turn and post at that time. I have so many reviews to be posted - I'm a bit backed up, so please understand that there is a whole lot to look forward to, but please be patient and bear with me. Thank you in advance.
See y'all back here tomorrow! -T
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Sicily & Greece Next Summer...
Howdy Folks! Well, I guess this is going to be a short week since it's already Tuesday!
My girlies started their school week with full days today. They were not too thrilled, but considering most of the kids around Long Island started school with full days beginning last Tuesday, they lucked out a bit.
Today, I'll be heading to the U.S. Open in Queens. Though I've lived in New York my entire life and most of it was in Queens, I'm ashamed to say this will only be my first time at this great tennis event.
I'm looking forward to it, however, I do wish it was supposed to be a little cooler than predicted. Temps are expected to reach the mid-90's today, which I'm sure will be rather hot at the tennis stadium. You know, I'm not a fan of the heat folks!
Yesterday,however, I was enjoying the heat - friends, Maria and Ed invited us down to their beach club. It was so relaxing and nice to be down by water, with the cool ocean breeze.
The water was actually very nice - not too cold! It was a wonderful way to spend the last day of Summer.
After some lovely sunning, we headed back to the cabana and enjoyed some delicious food with Maria and Ed!
Just so you know, I did NOT forget that today is Travelin' Tuesday here.
Although I am not as buttoned down as my dear cousin Tanya with my travel arrangements for next Summer, I am beginning the planning process.
So, what am I thinking of? Well, I'm trying to put together a trip to Sicily and Greece. Just at the beginning stages, I'm thinking because of the proximity, it would be an amazing trip to combine these two destinations.
Sicily holds a VERY SPECIALplace in my heart, since my Dad's family (which is the side of the family through which Tanya and I are related) is from this beautiful island, off the southern coast of Italy.
Map of Sicily
Our family originates from Taormina, which is located in the northeast of the Island, about midway between Messina and Catania and not far from Mount Etna.
Taormina is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Sicily and has been a popular holiday resort town since before the rise of the Roman Empire.
The area around Taormina was inhabited by the Siculi even before the Greeks arrived on the Sicilian coast in 734 BC to found a town called Naxos.
The connection between Sicily and Greece is immense with the arrival of the Timoleon's Expedition in 345 BC. Timoleon was the son of Timodemus, of Corinth (c. 411–337 BC) and a Greek statesman and general.
As the champion of Greece against Carthage he is closely connected with the history of Sicily, especially Syracuse.
Taormina's history is rich, as is that of all of Sicily, having been conquered throughout history many times, which even includes a period from 902 to 1078 having been under Muslim rule when it was taken by the Arabs.
Taormina viewed from the bay of Giardini Naxos (credit: wikipedia)
The Teatro Greco ("Greek theatre"). (credit: Wikipedia)
During the early 20th century the town became a colony of expatriate artists, writers, and intellectuals. Today, Taormina is a popular destination as it is perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian sea.
One of the most remarkable monument remaining at Taormina is the Ancient Theatre, which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily, on account both of its remarkable preservation and its beautiful location.
It is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theaters.
Besides the ancient Greek theatre, Taormina has many old churches, lively bars, fine restaurants, and antique shops. Taormina is approximately a forty-five minute drive away from Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna.
I'll be talking more about the wonders of Sicily as well as Greece during the next few weeks, as I formulate my travel plans for next Summer!!
Well, folks, I'm headed off to the US Tennis Center for a HOT day of tennis matches!!!