I love traveling as much as the next person, but it’s not about the fancy hotels, or dinner & cocktail date nights. It’s about the company you keep, the memories you make, and the adventures that you will remember for the rest of your life.
I actually just got back from a 3-day trip to Rhode Island with my boyfriend Matt to visit/meet his aunt, uncle, 3 cousins, their wives and kids (little munchkins).
We stayed at their beautiful home in East Greenwich. It was so awesome to be able to recharge and get away from the busy streets of NYC….or what I call a crazy cluster fuck of people who don’t know how to drive and have an actual conversation with someone without being rude or staring at you on a bus or train like you’re fucking insane.
It was a mini getaway that definitely made me want to stay there longer and never leave. On the first day, after we settled in, I got to meet everyone. It was funny because I had never been so nervous to meet anyone ever. But when I did, all my nerves flew out the window and began to feel more comfortable around them. His Aunt and Uncle were both so accommodating and very kind.
I was so glad I got to finally meet the rest of his family because I knew that they were excited to meet me since Matt has never taken anyone he’s dated up to Rhode Island before.
Everyone was so very sweet, that’s one of the reason’s why I wanted to stay there longer. But, also because we got to explore Rhode island. On the first day (I think it was Monday), we took a boat over to his Aunt & Uncle’s beach house. I was pumped, we relaxed, talked, had a great meal (grilled chicken, salmon, with brown rice and some good ol’ corn on the cob) and was surrounded by a beautiful blue ocean.
Then on Tuesday we decided to go with my boyfriend’s cousin Brian and his wife Liz to Block Island. We took a high-speed ferry there, then plopped ourselves down on lounge chairs by the beach and just laid in the sun until we started to get super hot. We then went for a little dip in the ocean. After that we went off to explore. Liz told us Block Island is known for their really good ice-cream, so we went to an ice cream shop nearby, I got a scoop of delicious brownie batter ice-cream and he got a chocolate peanut butter milkshake! So good. And yes I took a sip of his milkshake and liked it. I could not resist.
Then went to a clothing store to buy some really cool block island merch. Two block Island sweaters.
After our shopping spree, we went to a little Italian restaurant called ‘Aldo’s’ and ate a huge Meat Lovers pizza pie. And let me tell you something, that pizza was better than any Domino’s or Pizza Hut Pizza pie.
Sorry not Sorry.
Then we came back to the beach and sat in the sun, took another dip in the ocean, and ordered 1 Tropical Peachtini for me and a Chocolate Martini for Matt! Oh, and don’t worry I took a sip of his drink this time too, and it tasted like chocolate heaven.
Overall it was a really fun trip and I will never forget it. 🙂
Now, here are 5 beautiful getaway spots you will love:
1. Venice, Italy
Venice is enchanting. Yes, that may be clichè to say, but once you see the city on the water for yourself, you'll surely agree. You'll see water taxis coast along, passing underneath the Ponte degli Scalzi (Bridge of the Barefoot) and might hear the fairtest hint of a serenading violin, or is that your imagination? 🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️ ✔✔✔ Follow @aroundtheworld_we for more travel inspiration 📣📣📣 Tag #aroundtheworld_we for a chance to be feautured 🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️ 📍 Venice, Italy, Europe 🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️🔶️🔸️ (📷 @nois7)
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Although iv’e never been to Venice, Italy, it’s on my bucket list of places that I want to visit! It’s a city of great beauty, good food and amazing architecture!
You can also visit many Venice, Italy staples, such as; St Mark’s Basilica, it is located in the Piazza San Marco, where you will witness some of the greatest Byzantine art work of all time.
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There’s also Ponte di Rialto
Another famous landmark in Venice, Italy that attracts many tourist groups because of it’s unique beauty and there are also a few old-fashioned clothing and jewelry shops nearby. Very convenient!
Then there is Torcello Island which is the perfect place for you lovebirds out there to relax and have some quality time together without being hounded by the annoying tourists. And Venice is actually only 45 minutes away from the island, so don’t worry! Some interesting facts about the island, according to travelthruhistory.com’s “Torcello: the forgotten Venice Italy” an article written by Paul Millward. He says, “Torcello was the first island to be settled in the lagoon, long before the present day Venice. Its origins are founded on a series of mystical revelations. The people of the lagoon were originally from the Roman city of Altino which came under threat in the 5th century from barbarian invasion.”
And if you decide to go to Torcello Island, he recommends that you stay at Loconda Cipriani, the Restaurant Inn Bar, it’s both a restaurant and a hotel. It is owned by the Cipriani family. Also many celebrities have dined, held events and stayed the night there as well. In the fall of September, 1957, American Heiress Barbara Hutton held a big soiree at the Inn.
The History of Locanda Cipricani
In 1953, Giuseppe Cipriani turned this once modest wine and oil store into a restaurant and Inn. He ran the inn alongside his wife’s sister Gabriella.
Then, in the 80’s Giuseppe’s daughter Carla, took over for him who was joined later on by her brother, Bonifacio Brass.
Bonifacio is currently the sole owner of Locanda Ciriano.
In 1948, American Novelist, Ernest Hemingway had stayed for lunch at the Inn. Along with Princess Diana and Singer/songwriter Elton John.
They held many fabulous parties, even weddings, corporate meetings and banquets!
It’s a beautiful island full of incredible history.
So, here’s the info for Locanda Cipriani:
Address: Piazza S. Fosca, 29 – 30012, Torcello, Venice, Italy
Tel: (+39) 041 730150
And you can email them at: email@example.com
2. Mykonos, Greece
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Mykonos is the most famous island in Greece by way of the Aegean sea, with it’s beautiful crystal blue beaches and summer parties. It’s easy to see why Mykonos is everyone’s favorite getaway hot-spot.
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It is known for their huge parties and dance club atmosphere. Mykonos has two seperate villages, Chora and Ano Mera.
Chora, also known as Mykonos Town is the most popular village among tourists because of it’s beauty and the way it has been designed, the cobble stoned narrow streets make it look more homey and quite quaint.
Ano Mera on the other-hand is quiet and small. And has more of a variety of activities to do. you can go on a group bike ride, do a few excursions, like the Jeep safari excursion, or “go under the sea”. You can also visit Gyzi Castle, which is a beautiful monastery located on a hill above Ano Mera where you can see all of Ano Mera in it’s glory!
Besides the nightlife activities, you can go on a little shopping spree in Mykonos during the day with your girlfriends, go to Maurizio Mykonos and buy yourself a chic Grecian outfit! If you’re super hungry, go check out one of Mykonos’ local restaurants, perhaps a little eatery called, ‘Eva’s Garden‘.
Eva’s Garden is located at: Goumenios Square, Mikonos 846 00, Greece.
To make a reservation, call: +30 2289 022160
3. The Maldives
The Maldives are located in South Asia, which is also connected to many other islands such as; the Ari Atoll Island, according to Wiki pages, the island is located “in the west of the archipelago”.
Maafushi Island is the “proposed capital for the Medhu Uthuru Province of the Maldives”.
And Hulhumalé island is located “in the south of North Male Atoll, Maldives.”
The activities at the Maldives are endless!
You can go with a group of your closest friends on a cruise excursion throughout the island on a dhoni (it’s basically a really cool boat, you can read all about it on visitmaldives.com) where you will view some of the most popular sights and you can also do a little fishing and surfing. Or you can swim with dolphins in the beautiful blue sea!
You can also go on a picnic with your significant other and enjoy a day by the island. And at night there’s many clubs and local bars that you can check out, so you can go dance the night away or just have a relaxing evening with your family and friends, enjoy some good grub and fruity cocktails that await you! The Maldives have the best restaurants around, from Italian to Mediterranean, or even Japanese cuisine and their signature “Maldivian meals”.
There’s also a few spas on the island as well to help you recharge and find your inner peace.
So, don’t be afraid to try new things on this trip! Because there’s nothing better than the Mauldivan way.
4. Barcelona, Spain
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From the rustic, Spanish-style homes to the mesmerizing seaside-views, no wonder Barcelona is the place to be! Apparently Barcelona is known for it’s beautiful and unique stained glass architecture and huge churches! *Can I get an amen?*
Feast on Barcelona’s old-fashioned Spanish-style cuisine at one of their most popular restaurants called, ‘La Pubilla’. La Pubilla is known for their exotic flavors and spices. Go have a sexy time and eat some delicious platillos and tapas at the bar!
Or…you can chow down on La Pubilla’s divine ‘Beef sirloin with truffled butter, ratte and roast pepper’ and for dessert, try the ‘Caramelized french toast with tonka bean ice cream’ or the amazing ‘Chocolate hot cake with milk ice cream’ (via the Dinner and Dessert Menu, lapubilla.cat/menu-at-la-pubilla)
La Pubilla info:
Address: Plaça de la Llibertat, 23, 08012 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 932 18 29 94
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You can do a little sightseeing and visit Park Güell, which is a public park located on Carmel hill in Barcelona. When you’re at the park, you will see some very interesting artifacts, and sculptures. Park Guell is also known for it’s beautiful gardening.
You can also go to La Rambla, Barcelona which is basically a mini mall perfect for shopping and getting that good Barcelona merch! According to wiki pages, they hold a lot of street festivals as well!
So, Barcelona it up, you will have so much fun!
Here’s a little Barcelona, Spain travel guide for you:
‘Top 10 Things To Do in Barcelona | Spain Travel Guide’
Video by the vagabrothers
5. Nice, France
Nice, France is a city that is located on the French Rivera by way of the ‘Baie des Anges shores’.
Nice is known for it’s beautiful mansion-like homes, exotic culture, and Promenade des Anglais, which is like a fancy name for a relaxing walk on the beach. (via wiki pages)
It’s also in close proximity to Saint Tropez, Cannes, and Monaco.
Misconception: It’s definitely not like Paris, France or any of the cities in France. It’s more on the tropical, beach-y side.
You can also see that it has a sort of old-Italian vibe to it, the way all the buildings have been designed.
Musee Matisse, also known as “Museum of France” is one of Nice’s most famous museums, it showcases famous French Painter, Henri Matisse’s beautiful artwork and is (according to musee-matisse-nice.org) the “heritage site of Cimiez monastery” which is also called the ‘Cimiez Gardens’
Hmm, very interesting isn’t it?
As for activities, You can go parasailing on the beach, white river rafting, and paddle boarding! Or you can go on a running tour of Nice, catch a glimpse of the famous landmarks, like the La Colline du Chateau Park or visit Old Town (also known as, Vieux Nice, or ‘Old Nice’) and their amazing local markets and crepe shops! I mean, who wouldn’t want a delicious sweet crepe in Nice?!
There’s also something that you should know: Nice stands for the, ‘National Institute for Clinical Excellence’. Pretty cool.
Here’s a travel guide for Nice, France:
‘TRAVEL GUIDE: Top Things to Do in Nice, France’
Video by @Kristen & Siya
OK my little travelers, that’s all from me today! I hope you love this post and go visit all 5 of these Divine Destinations!
*fyi: the featured image I have of Venice, Italy with the colorful buildings and the boat in the water is from Getty Images & WeHeartIt*
Till next time…..