My trip to Colorado coincided, unfortunately with a huge heartbreak. I arrived few days after the Aurora shooting tragedy. Ironically, although this happened in 2012, the trial of the “killer”, James Holmes, a former University of Colorado neuroscience researcher, ended less than a month ago in 2015. The sentence decided was life in prison without parole over the death penalty. Do we all agree or disagree with the jury decision is totally beside the point. Our country has a judicial system that we all must trust and furthermore support.
Since our hotel was close to the area, my husband and I decided to pay our respects by going to the site where so many innocent people were killed. There are no words to describe the sadness that I felt upon arrival. I never experienced anything like it. I started to read some of the memorials left by the community and before I knew it, I was crying for people that I never met. It was a very sad day. In spite of that, we did not regret making the decision to go. It was the least we could do for all the victims and families involved.
The following is Part 1 of the photos I took that day. Next week I will share with you more photos under this same page as Part 2.
Last week I traveled to North Carolina, which is such a beautiful, charming and hot state in the summer. There are just too many places to go if you want to visit. In the mountains, you can travel to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC. Anywhere on the East coast, no one can refuse to go to its amazing beaches. However, don’t forget the Raleigh-Durham Chapel Hill area, the home of Duke University and also, the high tech corridor industry. There are plenty of incredible restaurants. This area is loaded with a ton of activities for everyone, including top notch golf.
My gift for visiting this fine state was unexpected and enjoyable. I was able to capture these beauties in pretty close encounters. I was such a lucky girl and I will never forget these guys. I even got to photograph a beautiful butterfly that was only about a foot away from me. I think she is a swallow tail, although I could be wrong, she still made me very happy. What can I say, to me, it was nature at its best.
Sarasota is without mistake the “in” place of the Suncoast region with its richness of arts, cultural, and fun activities for everyone. Sarasota is located just 45 minutes south of Tampa. If you like white sand beaches, then you will love Siesta Key Beach, located in one of the many Sarasota Keys. Siesta Beach was named America’s Best Beach by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, of Florida International University some years back. However, recently, Siesta was named #1 Beach in the country. National Geographic magazine named it one of the world’s top three beaches sometime in the 1950’s. Therefore, it is not new that this beach is simply proven fantastic.
Siesta Beach's white sand is 99 percent pure quartz. Where you can walk barefoot for a long time, under full sun and 100 degree temperatures without feeling the heat or the pain. It is one the whitest sands in the world.
Finally, after you enjoy a fun day at the beach and you are ready to leave, you can even walk to Siesta Village for a stroll to visit its restaurants, gift, and ice cream shops. Maybe if your vacation allows you to stay longer, you will plan to visit other keys and beaches in the area, or downtown Sarasota, located at walking distance from the Marina. Perhaps, you should plan to vacation in that paradise at some point in time in your life. These are some of my photos of the beach, the village and other areas of Sarasota to convince you to go.
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I am a blogger, a photographer, a jewelry designer, a gourmet cook, and a recipe book writer. I am also a flea market flipper, an avid gardener, an interior/ outdoors designer, an avid golfer and traveler.