This could be paradise……Part 2

I think it is a universal truth that time flies when we have a good time. As you can imagine, this happened to us too. Before we realized it, we reached to the end of our trip. We managed, however, to visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. After a couple of hours driving, we managed to find the sanctuary. It was early afternoon when we arrived, and after having a quick lunch we took our water bottles and followed the 3km boardwalk trail through the preserve. I should mention that while looking at the different lunch options at the small cafeteria, I noticed something different.

There were crickets in different flavors to buy. Bacon and Cheese or Salt and Vinegar. Original cricket snack!!Although very tempting, I decided to stick to my tasteless turkey sandwich…..

As we learned, the sanctuary is home to different habitats and abundant wildlife. There is a forest of Bald Cypresses as well as many species such as, butterflies, alligators, and colorful lizards.

We were impressed by the Bald Eagles, Barred Owls and Great Egrets. My favorites were the baby American Alligators though!

We saved the last day of our trip to visit Sanibel Island, where we played with the waves, almost drowned but managed to survive….

My trip to Naples, although short, was fantastic!! I felt so relaxed, ate good food, saw alligators and went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. I had such a great time that I want to go back!!

Since I like to link every trip of mine to a song, I have decided that the “Florida trip song’ is:

Paradise by Coldplay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4isv_Fylg&ob=av2n

This could be paradise…..Part 1

When my friend invited me to a mini-break in Florida I was super excited! I hadn’t seen her for a couple of years. It was a great chance to meet and catch up, but also to escape from my everyday reality. I did not have proper holidays for some time, and being overloaded with work, I thought it was a nice opportunity for a small change.

I had never visited Florida before. I did not know what to expect. I thought it cannot be so different to my home in the Mediterranean Sea. When I was little, I used to go with my brother and cousins to the beach, swim and build castles in the sand. I still remember the warm afternoons, sitting at our back yard under the mulberry tree, drinking cold lemonade and reading novels. I really enjoyed those days, and was always looking forward to the summer holidays.

I was very curious how this trip to Florida would turn out to be, but hoped for the best.  We arrived at Tampa airport, picked up a car and drove to the south. A few hours later we were in Naples, in the south-west of Florida, facing the Gulf of Mexico. Everything seemed so peaceful and relaxing. My friends and I were overtaken by the beauty and serenity of the place. This small break was more than I had expected!

It was already early afternoon when we arrived, and we decided to visit the nearest coast to get a glimpse of the sunset.It was magic. The sound of the waves, the dark color of the sky, the evening warmth and the pelicans flying around made us so relaxed and put us in a happy holiday mood. It also made me a bit nostalgic, as you might imagine.

The next morning, after a good night’s sleep, I walked to the front porch and found, to my surprise, my friends already awake, sitting around a beautifully laid table. Colorful plates and mugs, fruit salad, yogurt, peanut butter and coffee were decorating the table. It felt the right way to start a happy and relaxing day. Later on we visited the Barefoot beach. The turquoise blue water, the white sandy beach with the palm trees and the endless sunshine made this day trip unforgettable. We spend the day swimming, picking shells and relaxing under the sun. We found many different kinds of shells on the beach, some I had never seen before. We were so surprised to see that we were accompanied by tortoises walking with a slow pace, also enjoying the sunshine!

A few hours later, we decided to leave this small paradise and head back home to get ready for dinner. A sunblock SPF 100+ was necessary to achieve a great suntan and avoid looking like a bright red lobster. I was not entirely successful, but at least tried…… The day could not have ended in a better way than with great food and joyful discussion! My favorite was Florida’s classic Key Lime Pie. Key limes that usually grow in Florida Keys, as I found out, are a bit smaller, more acidic and with more intense aroma than the Persian limes. The Key Lime Pie was super refreshing and a perfect way to finish a great day!

To be continued……

Hello World!

Hello World!!!

Thanks for visiting my blog! It ‘s made to share experiences and delightful events of my current reality!

I have lived half of my life on a small island in the Mediterranean Sea, and the rest traveling in different countries to study and work. I am a traveler, interested in anything new and different.

I decided to write this blog to share events, places and situations that have really impressed and influenced me.

Enjoy the reading,

maggie