I’ve just returned from the best vacation ever. My sweetheart booked us a condo for a week in Olde Naples, Florida, and from the moment we set eyes on the place we fell in love with it. Right now, it’s #1 on our list of places to retire to. Of course we need to return during the busy season and check it out, but I have a feeling it will pass muster and then we’ll be on the hunt for a place of our own!
Below is the Fifth Avenue Beach Club, where we stayed. Our condo was perfect and we were just two blocks from the beach.
And here’s the little chateau we fell in love with…
We fell in love with the shops and restaurants on 5th Avenue.
And the wine selection, too.
And made some lovely new friends.
And of course we loved the beach. The water was warm, waveless, and filled with all kinds of fish, some of whom jumped out of the water toward us. Yes, I screamed.
We loved the palm trees and the lily pads and the incredible flowers we discovered in the Botanical Gardens.
The entire trip was magical and both of us are hoping we can return in March. Fingers crossed. xo
Thanks for joining me on my walk down memory lane!
Fall brings me back to sweating in the stands at the start of every season of Ridgewood Junior Football. These are not those same stands, but they could be, and I can feel the sweat and see the makeup running off the faces of the moms who sit in them. I’m certain my friends Terry, Lisa, Barb, M.C., Vivian, and Maggie recall those days as well; the season starting in the 90’s and ending with us freezing our choppers off, the sweating heightened and the freezing slightly mitigated for those of us chasing little ones out of the creek and all too frequently off the field during a game (hello, Cuyler!). Those were such great days and they are some of my favorite memories. It was a lifetime ago and yet some days it feels like yesterday.
May the change of season find you “falling” into lovely memories. too!
Forever and ever, I’ve talked and written about how much I love Chardonnay, and I do. But lately, red’s have been more my thing. It started at Davios in Philadelphia when Robert and I were there in June for a rugby tournament.
Several months later, we discovered CrossBarn at Claire’s at the Depot. Our main man, Gino, recommended it and, as always, he was on the money. (If you don’t know Gino, stop in some Wednesday night and say hello. He’s friendly, knowledgeable, and funny. Just how the perfect bartender should be!)
As for the Kanonkop Kadette, we discovered that this summer when my brother, Nick, was visiting. We took him to Field and Main in Marshall (our favorite spot as it’s where we had our first date) and I read about it on the wine list. It just sounded great, so we ordered a bottle. It blew us away. And now it’s my favorite wine.
Chardonnay, I will always love you. But I’m changing things up a bit for a bit. I’m going red for the foreseeable future and filling my phone with pictures of all the Cabs and Malbecs and blends I find and love – so I can find them online and stock up. 🙂 It’s getting so I have more photos of wine than people on my phone!
Cheers to a great weekend and a glass of your favorite wine!