Wandering and Searching Yogi Offers a Few Balancing Tips

 

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 I hope you like the new name of my blog!  I didn't want to change my domain but thought the island girl part of my blog name needed to go.  I'm not saying I will never visit another island again, but the type of travel I will be doing is likely to change at least for a while.  You can read my previous post to see why I have become disillusioned with visiting tropical islands especially if the UV rays are very high which most are.  I live in Florida as it is so I get more than enough UV rays already! 

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Sunset and Dinner Cruise on the Naple's Princess

Untitled (1 of 1)-199Above photo is of myself, my father and my daughter who was visiting from out of state.

One of my favorite parts of Florida is the Naples area which is in the southwest part of the state.  I have relatives  there including my father so I get to visit the area often.  There is a lot to do in this area including some beautiful beaches. 

One of my favorite things to do in the Naple's area is to go on one of the many sightseeing cruises that go along the coastline.  I have cruised on the Naple's Princess two times.  One time was in the afternoon and the weather got quite stormy, but I was able to get some cool looking photographs of some crazy looking storm clouds (see photo below). 

The second cruise we went on was a sunset dinner cruise,  The Princess yacht has a full dining room where they were serving a prime rib dinner.  It would have been nice to have dinner on the boat, but I'm a vegetarian so we opted to go on one of the other decks and just enjoy the sunset.  There was a bar and they sold appetizer type foods so you could eat even if you didn't purchase the dinner, 

 

Please click on the following link if you want more information about the many cruises available and their timetable:   Naples Princess Cruises

TIP:  You can often get great deals for these cruises through GROUPON !

For other activities to do in Naples click on this link:  Things to do in Naples

For those of you who are interested in the nightlife in the area click on this link:  Nightlife in Naples

  Here is a photo of the yacht we sailed on:

Untitled (1 of 1)-190My father and daughter on the yacht:
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The Naples coastline is really beautiful and the architecture always amazes me.  Here are a few of the beautiful homes we saw as we cruised along the coast:

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Here is a photo seen on the first cruise I took in Naples of a cloud that looks more dangerous than it really was.:

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I will leave you with some photos of the gorgeous sunset we saw:

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Have you been on any short cruises anywhere?  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.  I treasure all of the comments I receive and reply to them as quickly as I can.  I hope you all have a wonderful week

~Michelle


Naples Botanical Gardens

 I'm excited to be returning to the botanical gardens in Naples, Florida this coming weekend.  I was just there a few weeks ago with my family.  We enjoyed it so much that we decided to buy a year membership.  

On certain days of the week the Naples Botanical Gardens offer yoga classes and other days where people can bring their dogs.  They often have concerts and they currently have some beautiful sculptures throughout the six unique gardens at this attraction.   The gardens are all beautifully maintained.   Admission is only $14.95 for an adult.  If you decide to become a member they will apply your admission fee toward your membership fee. 

I highly recommend this attraction if you are in the southern Florida or Naples area.  It is a very peaceful and relaxing environment with a lot of beautiful things to see.  The six different Gardens offer different types of flowers and trees for all tastes.  I really enjoy taking photos while there.

Here is their web site for more information:   Naples Botanical Gardens

Botanical 1-03611The above and below photo show a very large yoga class in progress on a Sunday morning.
Botanical 1-03611An endangered Monarch butterfly on a purple flower:
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I loved this sculpture of a horse that looks like it's galloping through the garden:
Botanical 1-03611There were many beautiful archways like this one:
Botanical 1-03611Here is a building in the oriental garden:
Botanical 1-03611There were so many gorgeous orchids throughout the gardens.  I enjoyed seeing them as I have always loved them, but never had any luck keeping one in my home.

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Pictured above is one of the lily pad and lotus ponds in the oriental garden that I loved.

There were many benches and hammocks for people to relax and enjoy the beauty:
Botanical 1-03611I am really working on my close up photos which will hopefully improve after this next trip :)
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Botanical 1-03611Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please leave any comments or questions you might have.  I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

~Michelle


My Family's Southwest Florida Coast Cruise Adventure

Pano (1 of 1)-547If I'm offered a good case in Florida or a good case somewhere else, South Florida will win every time.

~F. Lee Bailey

Note:  I hope no one is offended my the quote, but it's my attempt at humor :

While visiting my father in Southern Florida for his birthday and my birthday which are one day apart, we went on a short cruise.  He and I along with his girlfriend went on a small ship excursion along the southern coast of Florida in the Naples area.  The cruise lasted a little more than 2 hours and was a lot of fun!
 
 
 
 
 
We saw a great deal of incredible and beautiful architecture along with some nice beach areas.  We saw some enormous boats yachts parked in front of almost every home we passed. We enjoyed the nice weather that we started out, but toward the end of the cruise the weather turned windy and stormy.   There were a lot of the fluffy storm clouds were very nice to take photos of. 
 
 

 
The small ship we were on was very nice. 
 It had a bar of fireplace along wi
th a very comfortable dining/seating area.  These cruises go out several times a day most of the year.  Over the summer months it does not leave as there are not as many people in Florida to go along these cruises many are back up north and still follow arrives.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We only paid $19.00 per person for this lovely cruise using a deal through Groupon.  The price is normally $39.00 per person. I definitely felt as the price was reasonable even at $39.00 a person. 

 If you like to take photos this is a great opportunity as you get seascape photos that you can't get from land. Pictures look so different when you can see the ocean and the sky together from a different perspective.  The Naples area of Florida is an interesting area and quite picturesque  - my opinion of course.   We found it a great way to spend an afternoon!
 
 
 
 

 
I would think this cloud looked like a little like a hurricane if I hadn't lived in Florida for almost seven years.
Pano (1 of 1)-547I love trying to capture panoramo photos.  It's not easy for me, but I like to capture as much as I can.
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Pano (1 of 1)-547I loved all of the houses I saw.  I really can't identify a favorite.  The captain said there was one being built with 30,000 square feet!
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The following two photos are of my father and I:
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My father and I before we boarded the ship:
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My father, his girlfriend Lydia and I having our "drinks".  We really went for the hard stuff - water and lemon :)Pano (1 of 1)-508The fabulous scenery caused almost instant "sensory overload":Pano (1 of 1)-506
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Pano (1 of 1)-506Thank you so much for stopping by.  As always I appreciate all of your comments and questions.  Have a wonderful week my friends!

~Michelle