My husband and I just got back from an amazingly relaxing vacation in Bermuda. We usually go away in August, last year we took a week long whirlwind trip through Barcelona and Paris!
Us last year in front of the Louvre:
I would really recommend that you NOT go to Paris in August – most of the restaurants were closed, and we didn’t get to experience Paris with Parisians in the city (most Parisians pack up and go on vacation for the month). We still got to eat some AMAZING meals, and got to walk around some gorgeous cobble stoned streets. We’re headed back in April of next year, and I’m hoping to hit all of the restaurants we didn’t get to try!
Alex walked the Camino de Santiago several years ago, and so I had fun spotting the yellow arrows throughout Paris. El Camino is a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in the Cathedral of Santigo de Compostela, and it’s what we affectionately call “the really long walk” – Alex walked 300 miles over 19 days through Spain. We weren’t together then, but I remember him calling me to tell me about it when he got back to NY. The yellow arrows point the way, as many pilgrims walk through (or from!) Paris. You can find more info on the Wikipedia page.
This year Alex wanted something easy and relaxing, so we booked through JetBlue Getaways to Bermuda, a place neither of us hadn’t been before. We booked four days at the Fairmont Southampton, and we went without a plan in the world. My friend, Katie, had planned a trip to Bermuda, so she had given me her travel notes, but we decided to fly by the seat of our pants and just go with the flow. Something that honestly NEVER happens with me! I normally have itineraries and days planned out (sometimes down to the hour) since there’s usually SO many restaurants I want to try, and landmarks to be visited. But this time around, I was okay with just relaxing.
Bermuda is only 1.5 hours (in the air) from JFK! So we were there in no time flat. Within an hour of landing, we were poolside!
We spent four days hanging out on the beach, doing lots of sitting. Alex read a TON of car and golf magazines (I have no idea how those are entertaining), and I read several books and backlogged US weeklys. I also took my selfie stick down to the beach and took some pictures while my husband refused to leave his beach chair:
Look how gorgeous that beach is! I never knew the sand could be that soft or the water could be that clear SO CLOSE to NY! We also made friends with a bunch of different people while sitting on the beach, which is always fun for us. The Fairmont was also an amazing property to stay at – the level of service was outstanding, and we ate some good meals on property. I was in ultra vacation mode that we barely took any pictures of our trip! We just hung out and enjoyed the hours flow by.
This was the most relaxing vacation we’ve been on together – I’m normally an active tourist who likes to feel like a local and stay at airbnbs and hit the local markets, but this time around I was more than okay with having everything taken cared of for me. 🙂