South Beach Miami, Florida

Every year around this time we pack up and head to Florida to spend time with Mrs. Traveling Honeymooners family. While spending time with family is great, we thought that we would take advantage of having family around and escape for a few days without our kiddo.

We decided to take the Brightline train from West Palm Beach to Miami for our fun weekend getaway. The Brightline is a fast train that runs up and down the Florida coast from West Palm Beach to Miami every hour. The train is nice and super convenient! We arrive in Miami around 4pm and grabbed an Uber to our hotel.

Accommodations

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Shelborne South Beach

Address: 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Shelborne Hotel was the perfect place for what we were looking for. The room and amenities were nice and the location was good. We were located right on the boardwalk, walking distance from Lincoln Road Mall and a variety of restaurants. The hotel also provided bikes which we used daily to ride up and down the boardwalk.  The only complaint we had was that there were not enough beach chairs at the beach and they charged for an umbrella ($22). We arrived at the beach around noon and all of the chairs were taken, which was a major bummer.

Our Eats

Breakfast, Brunch & Snacks

Pura Vida
110 Washington Ave #2, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dirt
232 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Joe The Juice

1600 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Delicious Raw

1828 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Lunch

Taquiza
1351 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dinner

Stiltsville
1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Prime One Twelve
112 Ocean Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

We had the perfect weekend away and we can’t wait to go back!

XOXO The Traveling Honeymooners

 

 

 

 

Aspen, Colorado

Our friends recently decided to get married in Aspen and we are so glad they did! While we had both been to Colorado many times, neither of us had been to Aspen without snow. And now that we have been without snow, we may never go back in the Winter again! The fall colors, the brisk air and the calm vibe was perfection. The highs were about 55 degrees and the lows were about 30 degrees.

Accommodations 

Our friends got married at the beautiful Aspen Meadows Resort so for convenience purposes, that is where we chose to stay. The resort is surrounded by hiking trails and is about ten minutes from the center of town. The resort also offers shuttle service from into town every half hour so we chose not to rent a car. In hindsight, I think we should have rented a car but we got along just fine without one. The rooms at the resort are all suites so it was nice to have a living area that was separate from the bedroom. Especially because we had our seven month old with us.

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Activities 

During our stay in Aspen, we took three hikes. We hiked the trails at our resort, Smuggler Mountain and Maroon Bells. The hikes around the resort were easy and perfect for a nice morning hike. Since we had our daughter with us, we had to baby wear so we were not super interested in steep hikes. Smuggler Mountain was by far the most difficult hike out of the three but was still manageable.

This is the carrier we use for travel and hiking

Baby Carrier

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Aspen Meadows Resort 

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Smuggler Mountain

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Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells was the only hike where we had to take a bus to get to the top of the mountain but it was well worth the trip!

Our Eats

Ajax Tavern

This was a great lunch spot that is located right at the base of Aspen Mountain. Ajax Tavern had many gluten free options.

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Poppycock’s

Poppycock’s is a great little breakfast and lunch spot right in the center of downtown. Make sure to get there early because it was packed when we got there around 11:30.

Farmer’s Market

There was a farmer’s market in the center of downtown on Saturday morning which was a fun experience! They had a variety of foods and goods to buy.

We can’t wait to go back to Aspen soon!

 

 

Sintra, Portugal

Mrs. Traveling Honeymooner stayed in Portugal with her grandparents and Aunt after our family cruise through Spain. Sadly, Mr. Traveling Honeymooner had to return to the States to go back to work. After spending a few days in Lisbon, we decided we wanted a bit of a slower pace so we hired a driver and tour guide to take us to Sintra.

Sintra is located in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains and is known for the pastel colored villas and palaces. The town is charming, the people are kind and the food is delicious. If you have a chance to spend some quality time in Sintra, I highly recommend it. One day there was simply not long enough to see everything we wanted to see!

The highlight of our Sintra trip was exploring Pena Palace. It was a hike to get to the top but well worth it. The views of the city were spectacular. We were grateful to have our guide with us to tell us the history of the palace during our tour.

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Pena Palace

The town of Sintra is so beautiful, with so much to offer. I think a couple of days there would be the perfect amount of time. We were in Sintra in June and the weather was absolutely perfect!

There was this french bakery right in the center of town that had delicious pastries and coffee.

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We can’t wait to plan another trip to Portugal!

Thanks for stopping by!

Windstar Cruise: The Treasures of Southern Spain and Morocco

Mrs. Traveling Honeymooners grandparents were celebrating a very special anniversary recently and chose to spend it with our family. After pondering what a family of thirteen people could do all together, we came up with the idea to take a Windstar cruise!

Before we get ahead of ourselves here, we are a bit of a picky crowd because we all LOVE to travel, eat good food and cruising. We have been on multiple cruises in our lifetime, on a variety of cruise lines. With that being said, we knew we wanted something really special for this trip. Mrs. Traveling Honeymooner’s Aunt had been on a Windstar Cruise along the Dalmatian Coast the previous year and loved every second of it. Thats really all she talked about for about a year so the rest of us figured we needed to try out a Windstar Cruise.

Benefits of Traveling on a Windstar Cruise:

  • The ships are more like yachts and typically hold between 200-350 people or less
  • The food is fantastic
  • The service is fantastic
  • Every room is an exterior room
  • The stops are well planned and all have a lot to offer

Our Itinerary:

Click here to see our Itinerary

We also used Rosie Goldberger from Vanguard travel to help us plan our day trips and accommodations in Barcelona and Lisbon.

Our family loves history and exploring historical sites so we spent a majority of time exploring at each port.

Barcelona

To learn more about our time in Barcelona click here. We spent three days in Barcelona before setting sail on our cruise and enjoyed every minute of it.

Tarragona

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Ibiza

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Cartagena

We docked in Cartagena on Sunday so many of the restaurants and stores were closed.  However, we were able to tour a few historical sites and wonder the streets before heading back to the boat. The weather in Cartagena was beautiful and made it easy for us to explore. fullsizeoutput_97ee

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Granada

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the Alhambra. The pictures we took do not even begin to do justice to this beautiful place. We hired a private driver and tour guide and took a day trip from port and it was one of the coolest things any of us had ever experienced. I would highly recommend hiring a driver and a tour guide if you plan on visiting the Alhambra.

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Malaga

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Tangier

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Lisbon

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We had so much fun on our cruise and would take another Windstar Cruise in a heartbeat.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Traveling Honeymooners

Girl’s Trip: Bogota & Cartagena, Colombia

When my friend asked if I wanted to go to Colombia my response was “OF COURSE”!! I had never been to South America before and had been wanting to go for some time. We knew we had about ten days to spare and wanted a mixture of fun and relaxation and our trip was exactly that.

Since we only had ten days, we decided that two cities would be ideal. Bogota gave us the city vibe we were looking for and Cartagena gave us the relaxing beach atmosphere that we both crave.  My friend also has family that lives in Bogota, so we were able to meet up with them and see their home.

BOGOTA

The airport in Bogota is located in the city so it was easy to get to our hotel via taxi once we arrived in Bogota.

Accommodations 

We had originally booked a small hotel through Kayak.com but when we arrived at the hotel, it had been closed down…Yep! CLOSED.

We tried to call Kayak.com but they were not helpful at all so we quickly had to come up with plan B. DO NOT USE kayak.com for booking in Bogota. They are not helpful and WOULD NOT transfer our reservation to another hotel.

PLAN B:

We decided to stay at the JW Marriott in Bogota which did not disappoint! The hotel was beautiful. The breakfast buffet was delicious and had a variety of foods and lots of Colombian coffee. The rooms were very nice and spacious and the location was ideal. We were able to walk to shops and restaurants from out hotel which made it a great location for us.

Click here to see where we stayed in Bogota.

 

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Our Breakfast View

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Tea in the City

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Dinner in the Cutest Little Spot!

We had a blast salsa dancing with my friend’s family in Bogota! I wish I could remember the name of the place we went to because it was so much fun!

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Midnight Salsa Dancing

We couldn’t leave Bogota without climbing the famous Monseratte mountain. Monseratte houses a religious retreat and has been a pilgrim destination since the early 1650’s. When you climb the 3000 meter mountain, you can see panoramic views of the city and the sunset. You can walk or take a gondola to the top of the mountain.

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CARTAGENA

In Cartagena, we wanted to stay near the beach, Luckily we found the perfect Air B & B right across from the ocean! It was perfect. We stayed in a nice two bedroom condo that overlooked the beautiful waves. The condo is owned by two people from Denver, CO who we met during our stay. The condo had a nice pool area and was about a 20 minute walk or five minute cab ride to the Walled City. There was also a grocery store down the street so we shopped and ate one or two meals a day in our Air B & B. The arepas in Columbia definitely became a diet staple during our stay.

Accommodations 

Click here to see where we stayed in Cartagena.

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View From Our Air B & B

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The ancient Walled City in Cartagena has a romantic feel to it with cobblestone streets, musicians playing around every corner and horse drawn carriages roaming the streets. It is also a hub for restaurants, nightlife and shopping. We chose not to stay in the Walled City because we wanted a calmer vibe but went to the Walled City almost every night to enjoy cocktails and roam the streets.

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Entrance to the Walled City

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We stumbled across a concert in the old city!

 

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Gelato in the Old City

Cartagena has SO much to offer. We explored for four days and still felt like we could have explored more.

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Giant Sand Castle on the Beach

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Cartagena Art

Cartagena has so much art and history!

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Beach Outside Our Air B & B

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Weather

We traveled to Columbia in January and the weather was perfect. Bogota was chilly at night and about 80 degrees during the day. Cartagena was HOT! We did not need any jackets during our stay in Cartagena.

Getting Around

Language

I speak very little Spanish ( a skill I am working on improving) but my friend is fluent. To be honest, I think it would have been  difficult to get around without her ability to speak Spanish. If you are thinking of traveling to Columbia and do not speak Spanish, I would make sure to have a translator app and take picture of your destinations to show your cab drivers, I was grateful to be with her so she could help navigate.

Transportation

We either walked or took cabs in both Bogota and Cartagena and it worked well for us. We did take a short flight from Bogota to Cartagena which was very easy.

We both can not wait to go back! Next time we also want to explore other cities in Columbia because this beautiful country has so much to offer!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Barcelona

Barcelona is one of our favorite cities! There is so much to do and see, the people are kind and the weather is beautiful! Mr. Traveling Honeymooner studied abroad in Barcelona many moons ago and fell in love with the city during his stay.

Our first trip to Barcelona together was back in August 2014 and ever since then we have wanted to go back! We were finally able to make it back to this beautiful city this past June. To celebrate Mrs. Traveling Honeymooner’s grandparents anniversary, the entire family decided to take a cruise out of Barcelona, so we chose to go a few days early to spend some time in one of our favorite places.

Accommodations:

Hotel Midmost Barcelona

Address: Carrer de Pelai, 14, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Midmost. The rooms were a fair size, the breakfast buffet had a variety of foods to choose from, and the staff was very kind and helpful. The best part about the hotel was the location. Hotel Midmost is centrally located and is about two blocks from Las Rambles Street and is surrounded by shopping, restaurants and the Metro. It was very easy to get to all of the sites we wanted to see and it was easy to get a taxi at anytime during the day.

Our Sites:

Since Mrs. Traveling Honeymooner’s family had never been to Barcelona, we wanted them to experience the entire city in the short amount of time we had there so we decided to take a bike tour of the city. We had gone on this bike tour back in 2014 and loved it so we decided to take our family along for another tour. We used Fat Tire Bike Tours for our private tour. We saw so many sites and biked over 15 miles. Our group is pretty fit and all of us enjoy being outside and being active so we were OK with biking this much, but the guides would be willing to go at whatever pace works for you. Our family also loves history so our guide spent a significant amount of time telling us all about the history of each site we saw.  I wish I would have taken more pictures of all the beautiful sites we saw. I guess we will have to go back!

Tip: If you are traveling as a duo or small group, we recommend joining a group tour because you get to meet lots of people which is always fun. This is is what we chose to do in 2014. The downside is that you do not move as fast and may not have as much flexibility in the sites you want to see.

Fat Tire Bike Tours

Address: Carrer de Marlet’, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

 

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For the rest of the trip we chose to visit some of the sites that we did not get to go into during the bike tour.

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We also surprised out Grandparents with a photoshoot at Parc Guell to commemorate our trip. I found the photographer on Fly Photography

Fly Photography is a super easy to use website that links travelers to a photographer in the city where they will be traveling. We loved our photographer and the pictures he took and found the service to be fairly reasonable and very reliable. Here are some photos from our photo shoot at Parc Guell! If you go to Barcelona, Parc Guell is a site to see.

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Thanks for reading!

XOXO

The Traveling Honeymoners

South Beach, Miami

We have had so much going on we have not had time to post in quite a while.  My hope is to post about what we have been up to for the last few months. Until then… one of the things that has kept us preoccupied, besides traveling is that we have a baby on the way!

Baby Girl Traveler is due in February!  With our due date quickly approaching and the weather in Houston being ultra crummy as of late, we knew we needed to get away. What better place to take a baby moon than South Beach?!

We were looking for a beach, good food, and fun activities to do and Miami fit the bill perfectly. We had the BEST baby moon!

Accommodations

Metropolitan By Como

We had a difficult time choosing which hotel to stay at because there are so many options in South Beach! We ended up choosing the Como because we liked that it was located a little bit further North, which provided us with a little bit more of a chill vibe. We were not looking to party and stay up all night. The location was just far enough North that we were able to get to everything we wanted to get to in a reasonable amount of time but not be in the thick of the crowds.

The hotel itself was very nice. The hotel staff was wonderful and very accommodating. We requested a room with a balcony and partial ocean view, which is exactly what we got. The full ocean view rooms at the Como do not have balconies and were much more expensive which wasn’t worth it to us because we knew we would be spending most of our time outdoors. The rooms were comfortable and updated. The beach and pool at the Metropolitan were both great too.

 

Ours Eats

We had some of the best food during our stay in South Beach. Every single meal was delicious and every restaurant was very accommodating to Mrs. Traveling Honeymooners gluten free needs. Some of our meals were quick snacks while others were elegant and fancy.

Breakfast, Brunch & Snacks

Pura Vida
110 Washington Ave #2, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dirt
232 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Lillikoi Organic
500 South Pointe Dr #180, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Joe The Juice

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Lunch

Orange Blossom
2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dinner

Upland
49 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Spriga
1228 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Joe Stone Crab
11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rosa Mexicano
1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dessert

Gelato-Go
458 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

Our Activities

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Boardwalk

The boardwalk is a path that runs along the beach from the southern point of South Beach, all the way to North Beach. The path is beautiful and is perfect for walking or biking. We chose to walk and bike the boardwalk multiple times during our stay.

To learn more about the boardwalk click here. 

Lincoln Road Mall

Lincoln Mall is an outdoor mall which has clothing shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars.

To learn more about Lincoln Road Mall click here.

Art Festival

Miami is full of festivals and culture. There always seems to be something fun going on. The weekend we were there, the Art Deco Street Festival was in full swing. Ocean Drive was packed with vendors and s

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive runs along the beach and is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. We had so much fun walking up and down Ocean Drive.  In the evenings, the road is blocked off so people can walk the streets and enjoy all that South Beach has to offer.

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Overall, we had a blast in Miami and were very sad to leave! Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Traveling Honeymooners