Surprise, We Have Been Keeping A Secret For Over Three Months!

Photo Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

Photograph Taken By: Brittany Lauren Photography

More details in the next post I promise, but I thought it was finally time to share what has been consuming my every waking thought for the last three months: I am going to become a Mommy on February 1st!  My husband and I cannot wait for this new and most beautiful adventure in our lives.  Our future mini-world traveler has already been to the Turks and Caicos, as I eluded to in my last post (FYI: I had no idea I was pregnant when I was there).  I wonder where his or her first international trip will be once it is born? Any guesses?

Turks And Caicos: Day 5

On our last day in Paradise, we talked about ending the trip with another adventure.  I was leaning towards seeing the pink flamingos on North Caicos.  However, once we finished breakfast and caught a glimpse of Grace Bay Beach, we knew there was no way we were leaving the grounds of The Somerset.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

After a long day at the beach, it was time to enjoy some refreshing rum punches at the Manager’s Reception.  Every week at the The Somerset on Grace Bay, guests may join General Manager Urmas Karner for a cocktail reception with live music, complimentary drinks, and tapas.  Urmas is such a wonderful person with stories that will you keep you entertained for hours!

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Then we headed back to the beach for a BBQ that is known throughout all of the Turks and Caicos islands.  The Somerset’s Beach weekly BBQ has live music and a delicious buffet.  Personally, I am a huge fan of any place where I can dine with sand between my toes.

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Watching the sun set against one of my favorite beaches in the world was the perfect way to end our trip, however what I did not realize at the time was that this particular trip would was going to be unforgettable in every sense of the word. . .

Turks And Caicos: Day 4 (Part 2)

Our adventure continued at my favorite place in the Turks and Caicos: Iguana Island.  Although my husband and I had previously visited this special spot on our last trip, it is one of those places that you continue to return to over and over again.  This small island, or cay, is home to the few remaining Rock Iguanas that used to cover most of the islands in the Turks and Caicos.  Unfortunately, now these animals are classified as endangered.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Little Water Cay is only 500 yards from Providenciales and is a short trip via a tour boat.  The main attraction are of course the magnificent iguanas, but the surrounding beach is a sight to behold as well, as it is a color blue that I guarantee you have never seen before!  It might take a couple of minutes before you spot your first iguana, although with a little patience you will see one in no time.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Just as we got into the ocean, it began to pour, so we ran to the boat to take cover.  The captain had prepared for us some fresh conch salad that we devoured.  While we were having lunch, a lemon shark kept us company, endlessly swimming around the boat.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Once the sun started to shine again, my brother and husband decided to do some tubing, which they absolutely loved and could have done for hours on end.

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

However, our eight unforgettable hours on the boat were up and it was time to return to our home away from home, The Somerset on Grace Bay, for the evening.

Around The World In 80 Days

When the novel by Jules Vernes was first published in 1873, it was a gripping tale about Philieas Fogg of London and Passepartout, his French valet and how they go off to win a £20,000 bet by proving that they could go around the world in 80 days.  At that time it seemed to be an astounding and near impossible task.  Not so in today’s generation.  If you have a few months and some extra cash to spare, you can easily travel the world in 80 days, the most difficult part will be choosing what countries and cities you want to explore.  Do you want adventure?  Or do you want to soak in the culture of ancient civilizations and relive great historical moments?

Let us assume that like Philieas Fogg you will also be starting your journey in London, so visiting some of the tourist spots in the city is obviously a must, make the time to check out a few fun and neat places like Ripley’s London, Buckingham Palace, or Trafalgar Square.

As you depart from London, you could fly down to Asia and travel through places like Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  If you want to check out some of the 7 Wonders of the World, make sure to stop at India and China to check out the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

After a stop in Australia and New Zealand, you can go around the world and arrive at Canada to explore the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, and the surreal beauty of Banff, Calgary.  Before deciding to head down to South America, make sure to stop at some of America’s most beautiful and glamorous cities like San Francisco, home of the stunning Golden Gate Bridge and Los Angeles.  Check out Hollywood and maybe run into some celebrities as you stroll along Rodeo Drive.  If your schedule allows, make a stop at New York City, the city that never sleeps and pay a visit to Madam Libertas and try to check out the Niagara Falls before you’re ready to head out to your next stop.

Take in some carnivals in Brazil, discover the ancient secrets of the famous Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peruor explore the Amazon rainforest.  Visit some volcanoes in the Andes and head on over to Africa, which is a short plane ride away from South America.  You can go on a safari and see some of Africa’s most exotic animals from up close, visit the Pyramids of Egypt, and take a cruise on the Nile River before heading back towards the Europe.

As you travel through these lovely and exotic places, do not forget to taste the delicious delicacies these places have to offer!

A final pit stop in the Middle East will allow you to go for a swim in the Dead Sea in Jordan or the Mediterranean Sea in Lebanon.  Visit the stately Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia in the vibrant city of Istanbul.  Pick up some souvenirs (but not too much) along the way in the colourful Middle-Eastern markets and bazaars.  As you embark on the final leg of your journey, head towards Europe and discover the charming country of Croatia dubbed as being ‘heaven on earth’ by George Bernard Shaw.  Go for a moonlit gondola ride in Venice and shop in the famous Piazza San Marco and visit the birthplace of the Renaissance Period, Florence, visit the museums, take in the city’s history, and beautiful architecture evident throughout.

Visit the Greek Islands and spend a few relaxing days lounging on the beach and swimming in pristine, clear waters.  Pop over to Spain and maybe take part in the Running of the Bulls and visit the Eiffel Tower and l’Arc du Triomphe in France, and before you head back to London, try to squeeze in Geneva, Switzerland and maybe even stop by Russia to see what their winters are all about.  At long last, when you are finally ready, come back home.

After having read this, if you are itching to pack up your life and get going on this life changing and wonderful adventure then check out Lonely Planet’s neat article with advice on how to get started and tips on how to travel the world in 80 days (which is very much possible).

Considering Buying Luxury Property In Mallorca

The beautiful Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca is a firm favorite with holidaymakers from around the world.  Many people head for the stunning beaches of Alcudia, Cala Bona, Palma Nova, and Playa Du Muro, while others enjoy hiking, jogging, and trekking in the pine forests and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains.  Mallorca, which was once known purely as a party island, now has a reputation for five star hotels, aqua parks, and upmarket restaurants.  For the very best in Mallorcan and Western cuisine check out top of the range restaurants such as Es Moli d’en Bou in Sa Coma or Es Guix in Escorca.  When you consider the island’s spectacular beaches, beautiful countryside, modern shopping malls, lively entertainment centers, and gourmet restaurants, it really is worth considering buying a property in Mallorca.

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Over the last few years, Mallorca has definitely seen a steady increase in the sale of luxury properties.  This Balearic island hotspot has seen property prices rise in the last twelve months by 15.9%.  It has now become a favorite property buying destination with investors worldwide who want to retire or purchase a second home.  The island is proving very popular with British, German, and Russian expats who can enjoy around three hundred sunny days a year as well as getting to know the friendly locals.

Two of the main advantages of buying a luxury property in Mallorca are price and location.  On average, property prices are 10% cheaper than mainland Spain including most of Europe.  When you take into account that property prices on the island have seen a steady growth over the last twenty years, it’s not surprising to see that buyers are eager to get a piece of the action.

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If you intend visiting Mallorca in the near future for a relaxing vacation why not set some time aside to look at luxury properties for sale?  It is the perfect location to live and for a family holiday too.  Try a vacation in the resort of Alaro, Ca’n Picafort, Cala D’Or, or Camp de Mar to get a feel for what the island has to offer to help with your decision in buying a property.  There are certainly plenty of things to do and see.  Spend the day in Palma, the island’s capital city which is famous for its exquisite boulevards and modern shopping malls.  The kids will love Western Water Park, while the Festival of the Beata, Santa Margalida always draws in the crowds.

You will never be stuck for choice when it comes to buying a luxurious property in Mallorca.  There is a huge range of beach side villas, sea view apartments, country homes, and traditional town houses available.  Owning a property in Mallorca will provide you with a great value for money investment along with the opportunity to enjoy the sun, beaches, and laid back Mallorcan lifestyle.  Why not begin your search for an upmarket property in Mallorca today?