St. Thomas, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, are several vacations I believed were paradise. That was my thought until I landed in Aruba. I fell in love with Aruba the moment I exited the plane.
I love trees and have never seen so many trees that had their own original shapes, sizes, curves and angles. They were everywhere.
I stayed at two hotels. The first one is was a Boutique Hotel called Boardwalk. It was a peaceful place that I imagined it being like the Garden of Eden -lush, green with beautiful flowers everywhere. The buildings were situated more like apartments than a regular hotel and just as beautiful on the inside.
The second hotel complex called Amsterdam Manor beach resort was a bit under construction which was mainly the landscape. The inside was more of a one bedroom apartment than a hotel room. The best part of this hotel was the beach that was a short walk-across the street.
Aruba has interesting sites to see. There are many excursions to choose from. Having dinner on the beach was a new experience I totally enjoyed. Of course the food was delicious-breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You can’t go wrong with either hotel. The second one wasn’t as quiet as the first. The first would be good for a getaway when you need a time of reflection and a quiet undisturbed place to plan out your future. If nothing else you can just do a whole lot of nothing.
I haven’t traveled since Aruba but it has definitely become my number one island to travel to. If you are looking for a nice, tranquil place for a reset I recommend Aruba.
This year 2020 with all the things going on negatively personal and around the world I accepted the fact vacation was out of the question. I resolved to stay home because of Covid-19 and surgery.
Then I got an opportunity to take a trip to Aruba. I took it. With COVID-19 I had to jump through hoops and take to two tests but it was well worth it. Both tests were negative which was a good thing.
I will be staying at two places several days each before I return home. The first place is a hidden paradise. When I got up to the entrance I wondered if this was the place. Once the gate opens it’s something you always wished you could go to but never thought you would.
I believe I will just call it paradise because that is exactly what I imagined paradise would be. There were beautiful flowers, bushes and trees everywhere. I got lost today and found several banana trees full of bananas in an area I hadn’t yet explored.
I don’t ever recall a more peaceful place. When I get home I will start saving for my next trip to paradise.
Have you ever found a peaceful paradise. If not keep looking.
There are times in our lives that we have no clue where we are or where we are going. Some times we are transitioning out of an old season into a new season of our lives. We don’t know what that is going to look like or feel like. We just don’t know what to expect. Yet somehow we get on the right path, anxiety wanes and our confidence returns.
Today I happen to know my destination for this weekend. I don’t know how to get there but I’m riding with friends that do. I know my purpose for going but don’t know the end results. I do know what I’d like them to be. So although I don’t have all the answers to my inner questions for this weekend I’ve decided I’m just going to have fun and enjoy hanging out with my friends. So bowling tournament here I come.
I wish I knew where I was going
I can’t remember where I’ve been
I know it’s been a long long journey
But can’t tell the beginning from the end
Will I ever get to where I’m going
Will it be like what I see in my head
A timeless journey where love abounds
Love has no beginning or end
I wish I knew how things would go
To know the steps that I will take
To get to the end where I’m going
From the place I will begin
ISRAEL NOVEMBER 2017
Today while going through my photo’s I came across some I took on my trip to Israel last November 2017.
This photo doesn’t do this any justice. This tree along with the whole garden was simply beautiful. Along with the beauty of the garden was great weather-no need for winter clothing. September weather in November.
I don’t know where were or the name of the garden. If you ever desired to make a trip to Israel, start saving your coins and set a date. You won’t be disappointed.
I pray for the continual peace of God that met me there and hung out with me the whole time I was there. God bless Israel.
As I was driving home today, the calm peaceful atmosphere took me back to Easter when I was a child.
I remember we would spend the afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Pickles, friends of my mother enjoying an afternoon ride.
We spent the morning celebrating Easter at church performing in the Easter play we practiced for many days.
After having an Easter parade through the neighborhood with our friends, we ate the delicious dinner my mother made and then we were ready for our Sunday drive.
We lived in a small town bordering to different states-Kentucky and West Virginia. That day we travelled country roads and little towns until we were at the state line to West Virginia. We went back on different country roads and little towns. Mr. Pickles knew a lot of ways to get around.
The weather was pleasantly warm and breezy. The trees and beautiful flowers were in full bloom. There was excitement in the calmness of the atmosphere. That was exactly what I felt today driving home.
Did today bring back any childhood Easter memories for you?