Taking the Slow Boat – Re-positioning Cruise

What is a Re-positioning Cruise

Each Spring cruise lines re-position many of their ships from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to Europe in order to service itineraries there. The fares for these cruises are typically discounted in order to fill the ship for its voyage across the Atlantic.  The duration of a re-positioning cruise will depend on the cruise line and route, but are typically from twelve to fourteen days. These are not port intensive cruises and there are more sea days than port days. Disembarkation will typically happen in South Hampton, Barcelona or Rome. While fares are discounted, services are not sacrificed, and passengers enjoy all the amenities of full-fare cruises. Continue reading

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Captured Moments – New Beginnings

Every sunrise offers a new opportunity. Especially on this day, which symbolizes rebirth and renewal along with the promise of acceptance, forgiveness and grace. Today, we celebrate new beginnings.  Jekyll Island tree at sunrise

 

              Happy Easter

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Captured Moments – Springtime in Florida

Our South Florida geography does not lend itself to the traditional experience of four seasons, but we do notice subtle changes for at least three of the four. March and April however, introduce a vibrant  green backdrop, bursting with color that is undeniably Spring.

Majestic Palm Trees, palmtree

along with colorful bougainvillea and Hibiscus plants

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All those beautiful blossoms lying in wait, finally getting their chance to shine…

The Tabebuia tree has pale green leaves for the entire year, then for just a few weeks in Spring, this happens!

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For me personally, the star of the show this year is this beautiful sunflower that I saw at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales just a few days ago.

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I have never seen a red sunflower and quite frankly did not know they existed. Bok Tower Gardens, in Lake Wales is a feast for the eyes any time of year. I typically visit there in March and December. You can read all about the gardens and estate in this post that I wrote from my winter visit.

Spring is short lived in our neck of the woods, so we enjoy this majestic beauty while we can, pollen and all. All too quickly it turns to Summer. Stay tuned, we have a lot to say about that.

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Texas Hill Country Road Trip

The original title of this post was to be Beer, Brisket and Bluebonnets, in anticipation of enjoying an abundance of those delights in the Texas Hill Country. It was pretty clear within a short drive from Austin to our first destination, Bee Cave, TX that we were about two weeks early to see blooming Bluebonnets. With or without Bluebonnets, these country roads are worth the drive.

Armed with a list of things to do and plenty of time to roam we flew into Austin, TX and set off toward Bee Cave. Over the next six days, we logged approximately 700 miles on our rental car in a fairly contiguous loop from Austin. The drive included highways, bi-ways, country roads and even a Texas “mountain.”  Continue reading

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Captured Moments – Balance

Life was pretty intense before retirement; running a business, maintaining our home and raising our child took a lot of energy and created a lot of stress. Our days had purpose but they rarely felt balanced. The highs and lows were extreme, with periods of calm in between. It was like listening to a heavy metal movie score, with occasional soft strings thrown in to slow the pace and calm the mood.

Our accomplishments are gratifying to look back on, but being retired feels like the best possible reward. Life is joyful and unhurried  – more like elevator music.

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A typical week includes household maintenance, social time, exercise, hobbies, volunteer work, we time and me time. We stay motivated and energized by always having something to look forward to. Our retirement life is predictable, but never stale or boring.

It sounds cliche, but retirement is about living your best life. We believe we are there right now and are eternally grateful for good health and the resources to live the life we choose. How about you? Have you achieved balance in your retirement life?

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