A Year in Travel: 2014

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2014 marked a fun year in the amount of traveling I was blessed to have the opportunity to do. Some were places I had been before, while some were brand new. The mix of the familiar favorites with new adventures made for a most wonderful year. Here’s  a little summary of where the wind blew me in 2014…

San Francisco, CA

The Fairmont~Napa Valley Wine Train~Chinatown~Fisherman’s Wharf~Golden Gate Bridge~Sausalito~The Trident~Robert Mondavi Winery~Cable Car Museum

Napa Valley Wine train…great wine, amazing food.
Boarding the train. I’m digging my navy floral dress with burgundy tights; both from Anthropologie.

Southern CA
Disneyland, Goofy’s Kitchen, Pinks, Newport Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Balboa Bay Resort

Santa Monica Pier

San Carlos, Mexico
Padi Advanced Scuba Diving Certification Trip

Checking my tanks and setting up my tank, reg, and BCD.
Getting ready to start my first shore dive of the trip.
Such beautiful sunsets

Las Vegas, NV
The Bellagio~Wynn~Circo~Meeting Olivia Newton John back stage after her Summer Nights Show concert~ Jean Phillipe

If you can believe it, I walked from the Bellagio to the Palazzo in these shoes.
Gardens at Bellagio.

Maui, HI
The Old Lahaina Luau~ Scuba Diving at 5 Graves Dive site~ Snorkeling Molokini~ Maui Princess Dinner Boat Cruise~Hoki Beach, Lazy Beach Days~Parasailing~ Maui Beach Boys Co., The Road to Hana, Fleetwoods, Lahaina, Kihei , black sand beach, red sand beach, powder beach

I can’t say I know what this is exactly, but I just had to take its picture.


Red Sand Beach, Maui. It was a hike to get there, but totally worth it.
Warning: this beach has become clothing optional for the locals.


Me, diving 5 Graves–a dive  site I missed two times previously due to weather.
Terrible surge this day but still a great day of diving Maui style.
Me, with my dear friend JB, the owner of Maui Beach Boys

New York City, NY
The Meridian, Dinner at  Jean Georges, Trump plaza, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Times Square, Central Park, Shopping, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 A view of the city; captured from the rooftop pool at the Meredian.
Me and my middle daughter, Charlotte. At age 8, she has now accompanied me to the Louvre, the Met, and the British Museum!

France (Lyon, Marseilles)

Dinner our first night in Lyon. One of France’s gourmet vegan restaurants. It was delicious.
My three girls skipping stones on the shores of the French Riviera.

Monaco & French Riviera
The Fairmont~ Monte Carlo Casino~Nobu~ French Riviera beaches~ Zen garden~ Paris Café

Rooftop pool at The Fairmont in Monte Carlo. They even had noodles and pool toys available for my girls.
Taking these three lovely ladies, my girls, ages 10, 8 and 4 to dinner at NOBU; which may be my most favorite restaurant in the entire world.
Famous Monte Carlo Casino at night.

Turin, Italy
Hotel Dock Milano~ The Palace~ The Shroud of Turin, Egyptian exhibition

Me and my girls; twilight in the city of Turin, Italy.


Dining room in the Palace of Turin. Who’s hungry?
Egyptian exhibition. Charlotte was bummed that not all of the sarcophagi had mummies in them…like this empty one behind her.

Spain (Barcelona, Salou)
Oympic Arena, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia, St. Josef La Boqueria, Michael Collins Irish Pub, Las Ramblas, The Bario Gotico, Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum),  Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Maria Del Mar Church, Beaches of Salou, Salou RACC Rally Race

The girls and I, top of the city, Barcelona. Totally worth the walk.
Cityscape; Barcelona Cathedral in view.


Inside La Sagrada Familia. Very few times has a building rendered me completely speechless.
This one did.

San Diego, CA
Welk Resort, San Diego Zoo, La Jolla beach, U.S.S. Midway

The flamingos of the San Diego Zoo.
Sunset in La Jolla.

Thank you for sharing these adventures with me. I can’t wait to see what and where 2015 has in store.

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  1. says

    It was an amazing year; especially doing the European road trip with our three daughters (our two sons decided they would rather do a staycation at home). May your 2015 be filled with much health, happiness and adventure!

  2. says

    Thank you! We are still working on the list of where we want to go in 2015. We are homebound Jan-April which is our busiest time of year for our business, but we already have a few states and a few countries picked out for 2015, so stay tuned and thanks so much for sharing our adventures with us!

  3. says

    Wow! What a year for you and your family! This post has definitely fueled my inner travel bug. I'm keeping some of these places in mind in the future. Wishing a happy New Year to you and yours.

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