A Case For Easy

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Sometimes we return to the same places over and over again.  We know this world is vast and we are fully aware that there are countries we may never see, but there is something to be said for the familiar.  Easy quickly turns into romantic. Instead of planning your days in advance and worrying about the intricacies of a new adventure, you simply find yourself sliding into the arms of the familiar.  Much like resuming an old friendship, that welcome embrace entices you once again and you find yourself back where you previously sat. That comfort equates to a genuine feeling of vacating.  After all, isn’t that what a vacation means?

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Mallorca, Spain = our easy

The Golden State – A Love Story

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There aren’t too many places in this world that pull us the way they used to, however, California might just be one.  Despite the fact that we know we will more than likely never live there again, the state is extremely nostalgic for us both.

Having both grown up in California (the South and the North) whenever we return, the smells, the vegetation, the salt air, and the memories all flood us with deep emotion.  We hold those years of our lives close to our hearts and recall our time in residence with joy.

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On our recent trip to California, we moved up and down the coast making stops along the way.  For our children, it was there first real California experience and thus, we felt excited to show them the best of our former home state.

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Days were spent close to family and friends engulfed in love and laughter.  For those times we were not gathering with those we hold dear, we explored beaches, forests and new landscapes.  All gorgeous, and all rich with newness.

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The trip was a genuine delight and a nice reprieve from the cold, harsh winter back home.  The sunlight, the sand, the warm winds were all welcome, but what we relished in the most were the arms of family and friends.

California is indeed a gorgeous State, with miles of coastline, stunning nature and a history that runs deep for us both.  But despite its natural beauty, what remains the most memorable of all were the moments of deep, hearty laughter, the silent gazing over children playing at their grandparent’s home, of observing shy smiles as children meet for the first time, of being able to talk in person, sharing a warm meal on a cold night, falling into arms that are warm and familiar and feeling ever so grateful to call these people family and these moments blessings.  That is and will always be California!

Interested in some of our trip highlights?  Listed below are a few of the paces we visited:

Monterey

Los Alamos/Los Olivos and Santa Ynez

Santa Barbara including:  State Street, The Mission, Beaches

Guadeloupe Sand Dunes and Beach

Napa and Sonoma

Berkeley

Mallorca – Part 8

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We had a rule, which we have now broken on multiple occasions. The latest installment of rule breaking happened on our eighth or ninth trip to Mallorca. Shoot, we were only supposed to go once, but there is something about that island that pulls us back.

We had a rule, which we have now broken on multiple occasions. The latest installment of rule breaking happened on our eighth or ninth trip to Mallorca. Shoot, we were only supposed to go once, but there is something about that island that pulls us back. Perhaps it steams from the early days of our marriage when we stumbled upon dreamy pictures of that island that left us pining for a romantic anniversary destination. Or it could quite possibly be that we reside in a landlocked country that doesn’t have an ocean of its own. Maybe it is the fact that we can fly there in less than two hours. Or the sight of our children splashing in the ocean, running down the shores of the salty sea like puppies freed at last, we sigh in their delight. Or the warm embrace we receive each time we visit our dear friends that call the island home. Those hugs, those familiar faces and the meals we share gathered around a table that warm and welcoming all inspire us to return.

Perhaps it stems from the early days of our marriage when we stumbled upon dreamy pictures of that island that left us pining for a romantic get-a-way, just the two of us, wrapped in the exotic of the unknown.

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Or it could quite possibly be that we reside in a landlocked country that doesn’t have an ocean of its own. Maybe it is the fact that we can fly there in less than two hours. Or the sight of our children splashing in the ocean, running down the shores of the salty sea like puppies freed at last, we sigh in their delight.

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Or the warm embrace we receive each time we visit our dear friends that call the island home. Those hugs, those familiar faces and the meals we share gathered around a table that is warm and welcoming all encourage us to return for more.

We had a rule, which we have now broken on multiple occasions. The latest installment of rule breaking happened on our eighth or ninth trip to Mallorca. Shoot, we were only supposed to go once, but there is something about that island that pulls us back. Perhaps it steams from the early days of our marriage when we stumbled upon dreamy pictures of that island that left us pining for a romantic anniversary destination. Or it could quite possibly be that we reside in a landlocked country that doesn’t have an ocean of its own. Maybe it is the fact that we can fly there in less than two hours. Or the sight of our children splashing in the ocean, running down the shores of the salty sea like puppies freed at last, we sigh in their delight. Or the warm embrace we receive each time we visit our dear friends that call the island home. Those hugs, those familiar faces and the meals we share gathered around a table that warm and welcoming all inspire us to return.

So despite our rule of only visiting a place once, because this world is vast and large and there is so much to see, to experience, to witness before it is all over, we are pulled. Pulled to the sand, the friendly faces, the warmth, the crystal clear waters and we must embrace our returns and say to hell with rules, because after all, some rules are meant to be broken.

 

 

In Another Life

Years go by, and we reflect on the past with hazy and editing vision.  Our past and where we lived becomes a refined memory where we clutch to the good, make life stories out of the bad, and are drawn to that place where we were from.  This photo was taken at the Harbor in Santa Barbara, California.

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This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Weekend Retreat – Cala Sassari – Sardinia

After growing up in Santa Barbara, close to beaches and frequenting them often, too much time without the salty air and hum of the ocean weighs heavily on Robert. When the need to retreat to the sea becomes overwhelming in this land-locked country we reside, he feels inclined to answer the call.2015-05-19-Sardi_233

With a long weekend on the horizon, perfect flights available, we were determined to make the most of those five days and four nights, free of school, and free of work responsibilities. Sardinia, a small Italian island reached out to us, and we grabbed on with both hands.

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This weekend retreat is not necessarily a dwelling – a place to retreat or call home, but rather, a place to ease into the slow Italian life, sip cappuccinos and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

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Located down a quiet cove, sits a beautifully shallow,  beach, Cala Sassari, ideal for families with small children. This beach offers plenty of white sand to lazily stride through, castles to create, sun to soak up and relaxation to be had.  The view of Isola Tavolara in the distance isn’t too shabby either!

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To make this beach all the sweeter, a toilet is on site, a shower (for those of us who must squeeze in one last swim before we return to the airport to catch our return flight) and a remarkable restaurant – Fino Beach. With fresh squeezed juice, calamari, and amazing pesto, we all enjoyed a memorable meal before leaving with a heavy heart for our trek home.

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Cala Sassari, located in the Golfo Aranci area, is the perfect spot for families with small children. With shallow waters perfect for swimming and wading, cabanas and lounge chairs for rent, and the amazing beach restaurant. With all of the amenities available in one location, you are certain to keep coming back for more…if only you didn’t have to return to work, school and all the demands of our routine lives.

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