We just got back from our Florida trip and a highlight was our mid-week jaunt to the Florida Keys where the food is fantastic (seafood lover here!), the sunsets are magical, the water is sparkling and the drinks are free flowing. It’s a nice, relaxed pace down in the Keys and we soaked up the lifestyle as much as we could.
Florida Keys pics
Phew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of days. From the night flight throwing me right into a day of work, then more packing and closing on our house (!!!) and moving, I’m exhausted. So bear with me as my blog gets back on track.
First, before the Florida Keys pics, here were some highs and lows of the trip:
- Family time! I got to hang out with my parents and my brother and his new wife. We went out to eat, went to the Keys with my dad and just had a nice, relaxing time. I also met my brother’s high-energy dog, Drifter, for the first time. He’s a sweetheart who just never stops moving — and is a star swimmer!
- The sunsets in the Florida Keys are to die for. The sunset pics below were taken at Lorelei’s in Islamorada and were even more beautiful in person.
- Frozen yogurt! We managed to go to Pinkberry, Yogurtland, 16 Handles and a local place called Swirlicious in Key West — multiple times — for some creamy, self-serve goodness that I so desperately miss since it really doesn’t exist in France.
- Shopping. I live for deals and places like Homegoods, Nordstrom Rack and the Labor Day steals in the mall left me grinning like the Cheshire Cat. Tom got dress shirts for work at 40% off and we managed to load up our suitcases with a few cool decoration items for our new home. I also got a great deal on a new laptop that I desperately needed. Sorry France, but the U.S.’s shopping scene beats you every time. The selection and store hours can’t be topped.
- The heat. Florida is HOT in the summertime and while this wasn’t news to me, the blast of hot, humid air shocked me every time I opened the door. Not sure I could ever get used to 95 F with full humidity.
- Tom’s bag never left our connection in Philly and has yet to be delivered. This is the third time this has happened to him in recent memory. Maybe it’s time for a new bag?
- Leaving. The end of a vacation is always kind of depressing and combine that with leaving your family and it’s even worse. Phone convos just aren’t the same as in-person conversations. I know living in France is right for us in the foreseeable future but it would be great if we could all be in the same place. But France or not, all families struggle with this to some degree.