MEET CECY AND GEORGE

MEET CECY AND GEORGE

Cecy and George started off as my husband’s coworkers many years ago. We have become good friends over the years, and I have admired how they both find the time yearly to travel with and without their family. Can you believe Cecy and George have four kids ranging from 11 to 23! They are a delightful couple that has managed amongst life demands to plan and travel to beautiful destinations. I had asked Cecy what motivates her to explore countries? She stated, ” Travel to find yourself, not to get away.” She shared some of her most memorable destinations and travel recommendations. 


SANTORINI

OIA

WHERE TO STAY, DINE & EXPLORE

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STAYGemela’s AirBnB in Oía. They have two separate apartments sharing a veranda and pool along the caldera overlooking the ocean.

EAT- Black Rock Restaurant has the best sunsets while enjoying delicious grilled seafood.

EXPLOREAtlantis Books-Just past the “rent a cat” sign you will walk down spiral stairs into a magical vortex of books. Wooden bookshelves creviced into the curvature of the building. Found a book? Venture to their rooftop to enjoy a book overlooking the blue sea.

Gaia Wines- Experience a winery on the beach and after head to Kamari beach, a 10 minute walk for local White Donkey beer.


AMSTERDAM

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STAY- Ambassade Hotel gives you convenient access to quaint shops and is within walking distance to the tram stop. The property boast beautiful comfortable canal view rooms.

EATCut Throat Barber, Brunch & Bar is great for a bite to eat or coffee and hair cut right after.

Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn is a beautiful modern restaurant, the strawberry mojito is a must try!

EXPLORE– Walk or rent a bicycle to explore the dazzling canals and architectural wonders.


MONACO

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STAY- Monte Carlo Bay Hotel Resort is a beautiful stay for infinite ocean views

PARTY- Nikki Beach Club is on the pricier side, this destination is similar to an outdoor club where you can enjoy cocktails, music and a party atmosphere.

EAT- Brasserie du Cafe de Paris for friendly attentive staff and delicious food.

To see where else Cecy and George have traveled you can find their adventures on instagram @cecy.gets.lost

Meet Jacky and Leo

Meet Jacky and Leo

Jacky and Leo are a young fun loving couple married for 5 years. They enjoy traveling and making new friends where ever they go. Jacky actually is my younger sister. Yes! We are full blooded sisters. Early this year they traveled to Valle de Guadalupe. I actually was not familiar with this destination. Wow! This place is beautiful and unique.

Valle De Guadalupe Travels

The Valle De Guadalupe is located near Ensenada Mexico.  It has become a popular tourist destination for wine and cuisine.  It offers fine dining restaurants and sophisticated food.  This destination is great for a romantic getaway or a place for friends to connect. Jacky and Leo recommend making reservations to any venue you attend and trying the seafood! The oysters and octopus are a staple.


CAMPERA HOTEL BUBBLE

How does a view of the stars at night from the comfort of your own room sound? This unique outdoor bubble hotel has a full size bed, private bathroom and it is climate controlled. Want privacy? You got it! It is surrounded by vines for full privacy. I would consider this to be an upscale version of glamping.


FINCA ALTOZANO

This is an expansive winery that features a bed and breakfast, restaurants, farm and a coffee shop. Jacky and Leo had a great time here. They felt so comfortable relaxing and enjoying one another while sipping on wine and enjoying delicious food. The winery has a huge selection of wines and views to enjoy the beautiful golden sunset.

Other recommendations worth a visit are Cocina De Doña Esthela, Fauna and Cuatro Cuartos. Visiting for a weekend should give you enough time to enjoy the wines, food and beautiful Mexican countryside.

Meet Salina

Meet Salina

I met Salina through a mutual friend a couple years ago. She is such a fun easy-going girl. I enjoyed learning so much about Egypt through her travels, hopefully one day I can visit. Salina was born in Egypt and speaks fluent Arabic and English. She currently resides in West Los Angeles. Salina was kind to share pictures of her recent trip to Egypt.  She offers some travel and food suggestions.  Enjoy!

To enjoy a camel ride you can find them near the beaches or Giza pyramids. Hurghada is a beach resort along the Red Sea coast. There you can scuba dive and find beautiful color fish. They have many restaurants, bars and night clubs.

TOP 4 PLACES TO VISIT IN EGYPT

  1. Luxor– It is the most well known city for its oldest and most Ancient Egyptian sites. It is known for the best outdoor museum.
  2. Nile Cruise– Best way to see ruins and modern Egypt along the banks of the Nile.
  3. Beaches– see best beaches to visit
  4. Alexandria– It is considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Best Beaches To Visit

  • Sharm El- Sheikh
  • Hurghada
  • El Gouna

Recommended Egyptian Eats

  • KUSHARI– A national dish that consist of rice, macaroni, and lentils mixed together, topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. Image Credit: Payangan
  • WRAPPED GRAPE LEAVES– Egyptian stuffed grape leaves are often served as an appetizer in Egyptian restaurants. They can be served hot for cold with meat-based stuffings and rice-based stuffings. Image Credit: Arabic Bites
  • EGYPTIANS KEBABS– Chicken cubes are marinated with yogurt and curry powder. Image Credit: tripadvisor
  • KNAFEH– A popular dessert made with unripened cheese that is baked in shredded phyllo dough before being soaked in simple syrup.
  • TEA- The national drink in Egypt, it is called “shai”.