Belize City, Belize
So if you clicked on this post chances are you have a general idea about what ( or more like where ) we are going to be talking about in this post. Belize city, Belize.
Belize truly has so much to offer especially when it come to shore excursions. It was hard for me to pick what I wanted to do the most while we were here. From Mayan ruin adventures to scuba diving the Great Blue Hole you have tons of really fun options to choose from. I’m not a very good scuba diver. I tried once many years ago in Hawaii and failed miserably! So as much as I wanted to dive the Great Blue Hole, it really wasn’t an option for us lol. But that didn’t take away from how amazing our time was however, because Belize is home to the second biggest barrier reef in the world and we spent the day snorkeling it. It was so beautiful and we got to see tons of marine life on and around the reef.
We continued on after snorkeling to a little island named Caye Caulker. Thats where we had lunch in a cute little restaurant named Fantasy that was along the beach. Thats were I met the little iguana seen it the picture below. After lunch we got back on our little speed boat and we drove about 10 minutes away to a place called Shark Ray Alley. It kind of speaks for itself. I swam with tons of nurse sharks, some sting rays, and even a sea turtle. All and all it was an amazing experience. We had a wonderful day filled with beautiful warm water, tons of marine life, and fun adventures.
I’d like to start off by wishing a happy belated Mother’s Day to all you mama’s out there. Hope everyone had a lovely day yesterday with family and fun!
Australia Travel Diary
We are finally on to our final travel diary from the NZ/AUS 2015 trip. As I said in my last travel diary, This one will be about the New Zealand sounds, Hobart Tasmania, and Sydney Australia.
New Zealand Travel Diaries part 3
I’m just going to pick up where I left the last NZ travel diary left off. This way they’re not to long and they’re actually something you guys enjoy reading lol.
Todays diary we’re going to start in Wellington, NZ. Fun fact; its the south most Capitol of the world. The tour we had booked for this day was this Seal coast safari tour . It took you up Brooklyn Hill to a massive wind turbine (NZ is mainly green energy), along private farmland where you can see all kinds of wildlife. Then you go down the coast. Once on the coast, you drive along the black sand beach and stop to view the famous Leaning Lighthouse and they provided some refreshments you get to enjoy with the seals. Something you also got to see while you were driving along the beach was a major fault line. Pretty cool and also pretty strange for an Arizona gal like me to see. We only have ever had one earthquake ( that I can remember.) and to be honest I completely slept through it!
These photos were taking in an Arctic storm simulator at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch, NZ. We actually docked in Akaroa, NZ but with the tour we booked they picked us up at the port and actually drove us to Christchurch to see the city and then on the to centre. The Antarctic Centre was great, they had tons of fun attractions ( like the storm simulator ) that really showed you what Antarctica and life there is like. Christchurch is called “The Gateway to the Arctic” do to there close proximity and the centre is nestled in amongst all kinds of hubs of people taking off and coming back from Antarctica. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little (or a lot ) jealous of all those people. I just kept thinking to myself if I could only just get over their and catch a flight! But the Arctic centre was a close second and we really enjoyed our time here in Christchurch.
Now on to our day in Dunedin NZ. This was bitter Sweet cause I was so looking forward to all of our plans ,but this was also our last port that we actually where able to get off the boat in New Zealand. What a way to go out though I must say! I highly recommend this excursion we got to do a lot in a small amount of time and we go to see SO MUCH this day. From the worlds steepest street (I didn’t dare try to walk up it) to Lanarch Castle and the Railroad station we covered a lot of ground. Not to mention our lovely tour guide kept feeding me Cadbury candies.
Our next/final diary ill be talking about sailing through the NZ Sound, Hobart Tasmania, and Sydney so make sure to come back for that!
New Zealand Travel Diary part 2
After leaving Auckland we sailed through the night and arrived the next morning to Bay of Islands , NZ. I have to admit this was one of the locations that wasn’t really on my radar when it came to places I was most excited to visit. That’s what made this stop so special I think, I was unexpectedly blown away. It was GORGEOUS, like cant even put it into words/pictures don’t even do it justice kind of gorgeous. We booked THIS tour through Viator that cruises you up to the beautiful “Hole in the rock” then stops off and you can get out and explore Urupukapuka Island. Here we took are shoes off and went into to crystal water and chased a sting ray. ( seen in pics bellow ) Overall the whole trip we ended up seeing Killer Whales/Orcas , dolphin’s, and some sting rays that the orcas where actually there to eat. Crazy thing to watch, it was like discovery channel live!
Bell Rock Sedona Photography session
For my 21st birthday which was also my golden birthday, I wanted only wanted one thing. I wanted to go up to Sedona ( luckily only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Scottsdale). Stay at the L’auberge Hotel and get gorgeous pictures taken by the amazing David Sunfellow. Luckily, my dreams came true. When I was planning what I wanted my husband and myself to wear I knew I wanted to go with something with a more editorial feel. I didn’t want it to seem bridal. We’ve been married 2 1/2 years I figure the time for white has passed lol. Also the location is so dramatic and beautiful I wanted to be equally as dramatic so I had to go with black ( I almost wore a crown no joke! lol #GothicPrincessVibes ). Believe it or not I actually narrowed this gallery down to this many pictures. Originally I had about 250 to choose from. I know theres nobody that wants to see that many pics of me and I don’t blame them.
I hope hope you guys enjoy these pictures as much as I do!
Photographer: David Sunfellow
Coat HERE ( mine was from Nordstrom but that ones the same) // similar body suit HERE // Custom skirt HERE
Okay, we’re throwing it way back for this post. It is Thursday after all. Our trip to New Zealand/Australia was in November of 2015 but I figured hey, you lovely people would probably still love to hear about it cause it was my best vacation I’ve had to date! This trip has to be set up into a few separate diaries. There is a LOT to cover ( we were gone a total of 18 days) and I think 2 different countries and a lot of adventures probably warrants few posts or else this one would be really long and who really has the kind of time to read something like that? lol
To start I’m going to just throw off the main facts then ill go into details. This trip we flew into Auckland, NZ via New Zealand Air. It wasn’t direct we had to stop and change plain in LAX which wasn’t so bad because they’re international terminal is amazing. We stayed at the Skycity Grand Hotel in Auckland. I highly recommend it. The location is great, it’s clean, and it’s great price! Side note: They had a pillow menu ( no extra charge) I went for the lavender and trust me you should to. We arrived mid morning so we went to the hotel to drop off our things and freshen up, aka wash the 15 hours of travel time off. We didn’t have anything booked on our arrival day so it was time to explore and just take in the city.
The next morning we got up early , picked up our rental car and drove to Waitomo for our Glow Worm Cave and Black Water Rafting Tours. This has been on my bucket list since I’ve been a little girl. It did not disappoint! We had two different tours back to back. The first was the glow worm cave tour ( find out more details about it HERE). The second was the Black Labyrinth rafting tour ( find more details for this one HERE ). I literally could go on and on….and on for hours about this whole day. It was the best experience ever and I will cherish the memories always. YOU HAVE TO GO!!!
Before we boarded our ship the next day we went up and saw the view from the Skytower. It’s very high up and for those that don’t enjoy heights like my poor husband, you will not like this. Next we were off to sail. We cruised via Celebrity Cruises on the Celebrity Solstice . Our Cruise itself was 12 nights and docked at 8 different ports. Jam packed I know, that was my favorite thing about being able to cruise majority of this trip. It was so easy to go to so many locations cause you mainly travel in your sleep ( best way to travel in my eyes). And you don’t have to be constantly switching hotels or worrying about luggage.
Another big worry for me leading up to this trip was food because, As you may or may not know I have celiac disease which means absolutely NO GLUTEN. This was my first international trip since being diagnosed so I really wasn’t to sure how dining situations were going to work. Knowing that the dining team onboard was well aware of my needs and knowing they had tons of GF options for me on board was a total life saver. I knew I could always have somewhere safe to eat no matter what the situations on land may be.
This is where I’m going to leave this post off ladies and gents. I think I’ve rambled on enough lol. I cant wait to share more of my wonderful experiences on the Australian cotenant with you guys! More coming soon.