Sand Harbor State Park Lake Tahoe

During our trip to Reno for the Reno Hot Air Balloon Races we managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Lake Tahoe.

There was no way we were going to miss even a few hours enjoying Sand Harbor State Park Lake Tahoe. This state park is honestly amazing. There is so much to see and do and the views of Lake Tahoe are beyond picturesque.

Sand Harbor State Park offers everything from an easy walking trail, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming and so much more. There is something for all ages at this park.

Lake Tahoe recreationalists

From the moment you pull into the park you are greeted with amazing views of Lake Tahoe!… 

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The Bubble Room on Captiva Island

The Bubble Room on Captiva Island is a legendary restaurant!  This is one of those restaurants that once you visit you can’t wait to bring a friend or family member there. From the moment you pull into the parking lot you know you are in for an interesting, eclectic and seriously fun evening.

Years ago I had heard of the Bubble Room on Captiva Island and for some reason I thought it was a really luxurious over the top restaurant that we couldn’t afford. You can imagine my surprise when we finally visited this year and got the true Bubble Room experience.

bubble room sign Captiva Island

The Bubble Room is seriously a not to miss place during any visit to Sanibel and Captiva Island. We even listed it in our top restaurants to visit on Sanibel and Captiva Island!… 

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Daily Diary ~ Exploring Athens and TBEX Europe Travel Writers Conference

We have been in Athens the past few days for the TBEX Europe Travel Writers Conference. We have had the chance to explore Athens and truly soak up the city while we have been here. As part of TBEX the Athenian locals rolled out the red carpet for us to show how much they love their city and Greece.

I can’t tell you enough how much we have truly loved our time in Athens. The locals have embraced us and showed us so much of their city. Today we met Nick the Greek who showed us hundreds of business cards from friends who have moved to the US and opened Greek restaurants and other businesses. We heard how important the US is to Greece and how much he loves our land of opportunity. He reminded us that some days you have to slow down and just take a moment to talk with shopkeepers and locals. You never know what amazing stories they have to tell and how they will become a highlight of your travels.

Last night we had the chance to enjoy Pandrossou Street during a street fair and it was amazing. The vendors made us feel so welcome and happy to be in Athens. I may have bought a lot of Olive Wood products from an amazing Olive Land store. The spoons, cutting boards and other olive wood products were beyond amazing. If I didn’t have to worry about how heavy my suitcase is becoming I could have bought one of everything in the store I loved it that much. We met the shop owner who showed us the pens that he hand crafts for the store. They take between 45 minutes to 2 hours to make and are absolutely gorgeous. My one regret from this trip so far may be not buying at least one of his gorgeous pens.

One thing we have learned during our time in Athens is the local people truly love their city and their culture. They want people to know how amazing the area is and that they support travelers. They want to show you Ancient Greece to Modern Greece and how the city has showcased each era of its history.

Acropolis Statues

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