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Santorini Palace #tryitTuesday #travelpick

TRY It Tuesday: Greece Edition

Santorini Palace
https://santorinipalace.gr/

Since we were taking our dream vacation to Santorini Greece, I wanted to stay in a hotel that was in the well-known white building style. The room rates were reasonable enough that I decided to upgrade our room to an ocean view with a balcony.

That proved to be well worth the money. Our ocean view room was beautiful and I liked sitting on the balcony each morning.

I did not get in time to eat breakfast. I usually make an effort, but I read a lot of reviews that said the food was mediocre. So, I did not waste my time. We slept in each morning and walked into town for an early lunch.

Since it was late November, it was too cold to get in the pool. But it was relaxing to sit in the lounge chairs and soak up the sun.

The heater did not work well in the room. Maintenance tried to fix it but is was still a little chilly for us. The front desk did provide us with extra blankets and offered to change our room. Since we were only there 3 nights, we did not change rooms.

  • I loved the location of the Santorini Palace. It was centrally located for the entire island in my opinion.
    It was about a 10 minute walk to Fira (the island capital).
    The trail to walk to Oia is close as well. We did not do that but it is an option if you want.
    It was a 15 minute drive to Oia (famous for beautiful sunsets), 20 minute drive to Akrotiri (red sand beach), and 20 minute drive to Perissa (black sand beach)
  • I liked the quiet of the off season, but if you go during tourist season, be prepared for it to be crowded.

    TRY IT TUESDAY – Travel to Sylvan Valley Lodge and Winery #tryittuesday #travel #NGeorgia

    TRY IT TUESDAY – Travel to Sylvan Valley Lodge and Winery

    We headed to the Sautee Nacochee area for our anniversary weekend. Hubs said that he wanted to go to the Georgia mountains but did not want to go to Helen, GA since we have been there before.

    There are so many places to visit, why go to the same place twice?
    I looked and it seemed that the Sautee Nacochee area would be an interesting place to visit.

    I wanted us to do something different and searched for bed and breakfast in North Georgia. I chose Sylvan Valley Lodge and Cellars because it was listed as a bed and breakfast winery. I picked on the “Great Outdoors Package” which included breakfast each day, a picnic lunch, maps to area trails, cheese and charcuterie plate, and a wine tasting of area wines.

    Little did I realize when I was making the reservation, Sylvan Valley Lodge is 5 miles from Helen. We ended up eating dinner each night in the big town of Helen.

    About the cabin:
    We stayed in Cabin #23. The cabin was nicely decorated with rustic finishes. There was a queen bed and garden tub in the bedroom. However, there was no TV in the bedroom. The living room area had a fireplace. Very cozy!

    The internet and DirecTV satellite service was spotty especially when it started to rain, which was most of our trip. I mentioned that to the hosts and they said they are supposed to be getting fiber soon. Hopefully, they have it by now.

    About the Great Outdoors package:

    Breakfast was included for each day we were there. It was delicious. I made sure not to miss the first meal of the day!
    Farm fresh breakfast: 2 cage free eggs, Nitrate free bacon, toasted English muffin with local wine preserves (My pick since it seemed to be the best value)

    Other options included Norwegian style pancakes or Breakfast sandwich with eggs and all natural pork sausage

    We did the area wine tasting on our first evening there before we went to dinner. Host John Boyes took his time explaining where the fruit for the wines were grown and talked about the history of the area. It was an informative experience.

    At check in, they provided us with the maps of the hiking trails in the area.

    They said to let them know when we were going so that they could prepare the picnic lunch. The lunch came in a little brown insulated lunch bag that was too cute! There were 2 sandwiches, cookies, chips, bottles of water. It was just enough to fill our hunger without being too heavy.

    The maps were useful because when you are exploring the mountains, cell reception can be unreliable.

    TOW Final Word: If you want a relaxing, intimate vacation in the mountains, Sylvan Valley Lodge is the place to go. I recommend choosing one of their packages to get the most out of your stay!

    747 Duncan Bridge Rd.
    Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571 United States
    P: (706) 865-7371
    https://www.sylvanvalleylodge.com/

    Try It Tuesday: Caye Caulker, Belize Central America #traveltuesday #travel #TryItTuesday #review

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    Try It Tuesday is also Travel Tuesday because I am focusing on a destination!

    Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It is a long narrow island divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve has dive sites on the Belize Barrier Reef.

    It is accessible by water taxi or plane. We chose the water taxi San Pedro Express and it cost $50BZ ($25USD) for a round trip ticket.

    What is there to do in Caye Caulker? Relax, eat, and enjoy life!

    Where to stay in Caye Caulker? There are so many options. I recommend Caye Caulker Condos (https://www.cayecaulkercondos.com/) or Sun and Sea Guesthouse (http://www.seaandsunguesthouse.com/).

    Tips when traveling to Caye Caulker
    ✔️Take small bills (vendors accept USD but give change in BZ)
    ✔️Look down the side streets for food vendors
    ✔️Ask if the motel/inn has free bikes or kayaks included with your stay
    ✔️Confirm if the room includes a private bath and air conditioning
    ✔️For the best room rates, go in the summer months (November-February is their busy season)
    ✔️Stay near the Split to be close to everything

    TOW Top Picks
    Breakfast: Jenny’s To Go – the best fry jacks! Try the salbutes too.


    Lunch: Enjoy delish grilled lobster or stewed chicken

    Dinner: Wish Willy – best lobster and steak! Get there early though. He sells out quickly.

    Look out for guys with carts…
    Guy with cart proclaiming loudly “Taste Belize!” has good coconut tarts
    Guy with cart selling tasty chicken tamales on Tuesdays and Fridays
    Guy with cart and yellow umbrella has yummy pineapple cake

    Try It Tuesday: Exfoliating Foot Mask #tryitTuesday

    Exfoliating Feet Mask

    From Amazon – About the product

    • Clear away years of callouses. Make any cracks in the heel a thing of the past. Your feet can look like they did back before everything. There’s smooth beautiful skin still there, waiting to be revealed.
    • Not painful nor irritating, our foot peeling mask works gently and safely. Application of our foot exfoliator takes minimal time and can be used while doing other things.
    • Healthy feet can be yours, without a hassle.
    • Working within 7-9 days, you’ll be amazed at the level of exfoliating possible. Layers of hard skin fall away, leaving only the softest to remain. It’s a baby foot peel for baby soft feet.
    • Want to strut around in high heels? Got a pair of shoes that, before, you would never wear because of your feet? Clear away the bad skin and bring on something that looks good—no matter what shoes you wear.

    TOW Opinion
    I am so disappointed with this.

    I should have known to stay away once I read the instructions. It says that after leaving the booties on for 90-120 minutes, wash your feet. Over the next few days, the “dead skin will peel off”.

    Supposedly, the skin underneath will be soft and supple. I was leery of the “skin peeling” aspect, but I thought “How bad could it be?”

    If you find yourself asking THAT question, stay away!

    In reality, the skin on my feet have been peeling for more than a few days. If that sounds gross to you, imagine living it. Ugh!!!

    After I showered each night, I was peeling skin off my feet and sweeping all this skin off of the floor. I have NEVER had my skin to peel like this.

    Plus, the skin underneath was tender and felt raw.

    I was not able to wear sandals because my feet looked horrible. It was hard to walk as it felt like I was walking on egg shells.
    Thankfully, after all the skin from the “treatment” peeled off, my feet were back to normal.

    I bought this because I thought I could save money instead of paying for a pedicure. I was wrong. This has been a horrible, traumatizing experience for me.

    TOW Final Word: DO NOT BUY! It took two weeks for my skin to stop peeling. I am relieved and I never want to go through that again.

    Try It Tuesday – #Segwaytours #sandiego

    I was trying to decide what to choose for TRY IT TUESDAY and thought SEGWAY TOURS!

    Segway Tours – San Diego
    601 Pacific Hwy San Diego CA
    619-889-4326

    http://www.nationtours.com/

    I had to go to San Diego for a conference. On the last day, sessions finished earlier enough that I could go a short tour of the downtown San Diego via a segway. I wondered if this was going to be a mistake considering I am not the most graceful person. Honestly, I cannot believe I have made it to almost 4 decades and not broken any bones. At this point, I am trying to broken bone free!

    I chose the Little Italy and Waterfront tour. It took about 90 minutes. It cost $59 but if you have a large group, you can probably get a discount. I added the insurance in case I totalled my segway. At the time, I hoped I would not but, again, I was being realistic with myself. I will clip a corner in a minute.

    After a brief introduction about segway safety, we were off.

    The participants, with helmets firmly affixed, all headed single file down the sidewalk along the San Diego Embarcadero. We saw the entrance to the Gas Lamp district, went through a few parks, saw the PetCo baseball stadium, and finished our tour riding up along coast.

    Surprisingly, my feet got tired from way I had lean up and down to maneuver the segway. I did not expect that. Also surprising to me was that I was quite agile on my segway. I even posed as if I was Rose on the Titantic at one point. Afterwards, I called my husband and told him we have to do a segway tour on our next vacation.

    TOW Final Word: This was a fantastic way to see the downtown area and I am now hooked on segway tours! I cannot wait to do another in a different town.