Today’s Pure Barre workout incorporated something new to me!
(Photo Source – And if you think my leg is anywhere close to as straight or high as the women in the above photo, you are very, very wrong.)
This crazy band changed things up a bit and allowed us to engage our arms and core even more than usual throughout the class. Sometimes the core work we do at the end of Pure Barre can get a little redundant, so using this band was a nice change of pace. And it was tough!
Breakfast today included a bowl of my banana egg white oatmeal topped with blueberries and slivered almonds. The pictures wasn’t nearly as attractive as the ones I snapped yesterday since I stirred the blueberries in halfway through and the end result was a pasty looking bowl of blue-gray oatmeal, so I will leave you with this image instead:
It’s better this way, trust me.
Onto some travel talk (my favorite!):
Top Hotels in the World
Last night, as Ryan and I crawled into bed, he told me about an article he saw on CNN yesterday morning that listed Fodor’s top 100 hotels in the world. (You can see the full list on Fodor’s website here.)
Ryan and I talk about traveling all the time and constantly discuss dream vacation destinations and our ongoing “travel bucket list.” We both absolutely love exploring new areas and have fortunately been to some amazing destinations together that serve as some of our fondest memories. Some of my best travel memories are actually from short drivable weekend trips (our first stay at a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, Florida ranks high on my list!) but of course Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands are hard trips to top.
Last night, when Ryan told me about a handful of the hotels on the list, we started talking about the nicest hotels we’ve ever stayed in and I began to realize that my criteria for a fantastic hotel is a little skewed. Of course a beautiful hotel with great customer service is important, but I absolutely love hotels that have a warm, friendly ambiance and adore the feel of a family-owned bed and breakfast.
That being said, I think the most luxurious place we’ve ever stayed (for all of one night!) is the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt in Ireland. It was on another level of fancy and the bathrooms even had heated floors. Unreal!
But my favorite place we’ve ever stayed would have to be Little Palm Island in The Keys where we spent two days of our honeymoon!
It was incredible and I loved the way the island felt like it’s own little world. Plus, the food at Little Palm was phenomenal!
I’m sure it didn’t hurt that I visited The Magnolia Inn right in the middle of autumn when it was decorated with lots of festive fall flare. Too cute!
Now I want to hear about some of your favorite hotels, bed and breakfasts or vacation rentals!! Fill me in!
Questions of the Morning
- Where is the nicest place you’ve ever stayed?
- Of all the places you’ve ever stayed, what place has been your all-time favorite?
- Is there a hotel or bed and breakfast on your “travel bucket list” that you’re dying to stay at in the future?
Ryan and I are both dying to stay at one of the One & Only Resorts some day. They are gorgeous! And after reading Fodor’s recommendations, the Belmond Khwai River Lodge in Botswana and The St. Regis in Bora Bora look unbelievable. A girl can dream!