Friday, May 29, 2015

"My Favorite Summer Vacation Spot" Blog Hop; Summer Reads that Thrill & Chill & Giveaway!


Ready for the beach?


I know I am. Come every summer, I want nothing more than to find a nice warm, sandy beach where I can rest. I've been fortunate enough to try out great beaches all over the world. Some I loved, like the sugar-white sands of Pensacola, some I hated--too expensive, too busy, too many people trying to make a buck off you at every turn (looking at you, Bahamas)--but no matter what, I loved the beach!


There is something calming about being by the sea. I believe its because we live so much of our lives indoors, away from sunlight (which is actually good for us) and the sounds of nature (also proven to be good for us) that when we force ourselves to stop, the can truly relax.

 

When in our busy lives do we ever allow ourselves to truly just be? This summer, I hope everyone goes to the beach and I want every to leave their phones, laptops, and other gadgets behind. Be by the sea and just be for awhile. Let yourself reconnect with nature. And after all those good relaxation juices are flowing, then read a good book!



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24 comments:

  1. I love the beach too, so much that I live at one. So I picked a more exotic beach location for the hop. Wonderful photos - quite whimsical.

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    1. Oh, I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Really can't go wrong with the beach... I live about five minutes away from several beaches, so I completely understand the love:)

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    1. I know, right? I'm not far from the beach but I never get tired of it!

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  3. I live on an island so beaches are never far away. But all beaches are not equal….

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    1. Totally agree, Kate! What island do you live on? That's so cool!

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  4. I'm not a beach kinda person, but I must admit while visiting good friends in Naples, Florida in 2013 I found that I really loved sitting on the sand while the sun's warmth caressed my toes as it slipped across the sky. It was definitely a welcome retreat and one I'd like to do again. It's nice to meet you through Lexa's Summer bloghop. Have a good weekend!

    My favorite vacation spot - the Pine Tree State #bloghop

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Cathy! We were just chatting Naples at a party today!

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  5. Curmudgeon that I am, I have bad memories of the beach. One of the last ones I'd visited (Daytona Beach) had lots of tar covering the sands. And the skies were thick with soot, dirt and smoke from the forest fires due to a dry summer. Bah. But hope springs eternal! One of these days I'll find the right beach for me.

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    1. Oh wow, that is really horrible! I remember being really excited to visit the Bahamas and was totally bummed out how tourist-trap the beaches were. Miami was also too expensive to just sit in the sand without someone bothering you. Even been to the Gulf Coast? I loved the state parks there. Those beaches were perfect, but I don't know what condition they are in post-oil spill.

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  6. Beaches sort of speak directly to my soul. I love them.

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  7. Any vacation by the beach is awesome! The sound of the surf is so relaxing!

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  8. I have seen much of Florida, but not Pensacola!

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    1. One of the nicest by far! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love the beach as well. More for the walks along the shore as the sun is rising or setting than for the swimming, but that's why there's some aspect of it for everyone.

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    1. It really gets my creative energy flowing, that's for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I live on the Red Sea coast though I rarely take advantage of it. But I loved the seashore as a child. I still love the sea, but prefer the real ocean, which is probably why the Red Sea isn't very interesting to me -- too calm. I loved your pics! Thanks for joining the hop!

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    1. Oh, The Red Sea, that would be awesome! Thank you for stopping by and for organizing the hop!

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  11. Anything to do with the beach gets my vote!!

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  12. Beaches are always the best. Loved that sign. I wonder what they lay by the beach? The old transitive/intransitive issue raises it's ugly head. Enjoyed your pictures.

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    1. I noticed that too but also had funny dirty jokes spinning through my head so I let it be, lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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