25 October 2011

Random Topic Tuesday

Today’s topic is: your favorite vacation.

As you can expect I had a great time on my honeymoon. This isn’t my favorite though as I don’t really consider it a vacation. It’s more of a rite of passage as we transitioned from “single” life into marriage. My trip to Italy was definitely memorable but I was young when I went and definitely didn’t appreciate it to its fullest. But my favorite vacation is a very simple, somewhat impromptu little getaway that my husband and I took in December of 2009. Work was really stressing me out that year and I was ready for a break. Matt suggested going someplace warm since we had just gotten hammered with snow from the infamous Snowmagedon and desperately wanted to escape. Florida seemed like the perfect place to go. Instead of heading to the beach we opted for going to Tampa to visit Busch Gardens.  The reason we decided to go there is because there's an animal safari you can go on and you get to feed giraffes. I thought that was the neatest thing ever and definitely have never even been close to a giraffe. I know that seems like such a lame place for a childless couple to visit when they could be anywhere else but it sounded like the perfect choice for us. Our trip had a rocky start to because the airline lost our luggage. We were both pretty pissed the first day but decided not to let it ruin our trip and ended up going to the ever faithful Target to buy some clothes and toiletries. The next day is when we headed to the theme park to get our adventure on and once we were there we could care less about our belongings.  We walked around the zoo looking at the different animals, most of which I don’t remember. I know there was a large white tiger that got up really close to the plexiglas where we were standing and I felt like he was going to tear through there at any moment. We paid our additional $30 bucks and it was time for the most exciting part! The giraffes were really sweet, gentle creatures that reminded me of over sized puppy dogs. Their tongues were long and black and they loved taking the food right out of your hand. We also saw rhinos but did not feed or even get close to them. A mama rhinoceros and her baby were running through the field and the baby accidentally got trampled by the mama! He was fine though and got right back up. We didn’t go on any rides since neither of us are big on getting motion sickness but I didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. The rest of the trip was relaxing and the airline found our bags after all. It was my favorite vacation because the weather was perfect, I badly needed it and it was a great experience. I can't explain it but I felt so much happiness while we were down there. I look forward to when my daughter is old enough so we can take her down there and she can be just as amazed as mommy was.

So, what was your favorite vacation? Something exotic or simple?

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23 Thoughts :

Marjorie October 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM  

Awwww!! I LOVE giraffes! They have been my favorite animal since childhood. I never knew you could ever get that close to them.

I have 2 fave trips our honeymoon cruise (never was on a cruise ship) and a one night stay in a cute little inn last year for my b-day. It was simple, but we really appreciated a night with the kids :) Now I'm super excited for or 5th anniversary. We're taking another cruise without the kiddies! :) (I probably sound like an awful mom, but it will be the 1st time without them for a few nights).

The Cheese Thief October 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

My favorite vacation was our honeymoon in Fiji. It was just so beautiful there, I never saw water any bluer, it reminded me of those Corona beer commercials.

The giraffes look so cute. Seems like you had a great time in Florida.

I'm stopping by from mbc. I am a new follower. I totally agree with what you said about finding people truly interested in your blog and not just bumping up the numbers. I cant wait to read more posts!


Shannon October 25, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

My favorite vacation was my honeymoon at St. Lucia. Especially now with having the feeling of being pinned in my home with a newborn, I often close my eyes and reflect on all the amazing times hubby and I had on our honeymoon.

We plan to go back on our ten year anniversary. But that seems SOOOO far away. :)

marie October 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM  

I never went to theme or animal parks before I had kids (except when I was one). Living near San Diego and going to Sea World is so great. We go for the kids of course, but then sitting 20 feet away from Shamu, it takes your breath away at how truly awesome these creatures are.

Lindsay Rondo October 25, 2011 at 5:33 PM  

fun. i think last minute getaways are the best. i think my favorite vacay is somewhere warm. then again, somewhere different is always special.


The Presutti's October 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

I just love your posts. Thanks for sharing.

Venassa October 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM  

That sounds like a really good time. The giraffes are so pretty.
I've only been on one vacation, to Toronto. It was simple, but since I've never been anywhere else, it was really exciting to me.

Amanda @ New Adventures October 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

That sounds like a great vacation! Its all about getting away and just being able to relax and enjoy yourselves. My favorites were our honeymoon to Lake Tahoe, CA or our trip to Costa Rica. I love to travel and wish we could do it way more often!

Courtney B October 25, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

I would be in HEAVEN if I could touch a giraffe! They are such beautiful, peaceful giants!
I can't choose... I LOVE exotic, escaping to a gorgeous beach is just the best! But when you can't get away and do a big exotic vacation, a small simple one is just as good!

LOVE MELISSA:) October 25, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

That picture with the giraffe is unbelievable cute! Looks like such a great time. I love mini trips. Reminds me that I need to do one soon! Thanks for posting:)

Stephanie @ Blonde Highlights October 25, 2011 at 10:20 PM  

Sounds like a great trip! I love vacations and trips and anything that makes me forget about the daily life (not that that's bad... but you get what I mean!). I love anywhere WARM!

Hope you had a great Tuesday! XOXO, Stephanie @ Blonde Highlights

Elana October 25, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

Aren't giraffes amazing? My husband and I actually went on a safari honeymoon in Kenya and Tanzania. It was by far the most INCREDIBLE vacation I've ever taken! Seeing all those beautiful animals up close was majestic. I was really in awe of the giraffes' gracefulness considering how long their legs are. They almost dance when they walk. Thanks for the memory!

Chelsea October 25, 2011 at 11:56 PM  

I really do want to participate in this some time! Such a cute idea.

Also. That giraffe is amazing. They are such fascinating little (ahem . . .huge) things!

My favorite vacation? Hmmm. My husband and I stayed at sweet hotel in the mountains awhile back, and it was amazing. So simple, but definitely my favorite!

Sarah October 26, 2011 at 6:12 AM  

Yep, Florida is pretty awesome, especially in the winter months because the weather is usually perfect - not too hot and not too cold. :-) I love Busch Gardens, although it's been quite a few years since I was last there and I know it's changed a lot.

Michelle October 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

Look at that picture with the Giraffe!!!! That is such a cute picture!!! You look so pretty!!!

Krista October 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

Love the picture of you with the giraffe, how cool is that?!! Jealous!

Ali October 26, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

Oh my goodness!!! So jealous of your fabulous adventure, there! :) Favorite trip, hands down, was honeymooning at Disneyworld this past May!!!!! Sooo fabulous and something I will never, ever forget.

Kerry October 27, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

I love Giraffes, they're beautiful, interesting creatures :)
Hi, I'm your newest follower...I hope your pregnancy is going great, you must be so excited!!
Have a great day :)

Unknown October 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM  

hmmm. i actually have to think about this one. i would have to say my honeymoon actually...we didn't do something extravagant. we went to hilton head island and just simply relaxed. we rode bikes, sat on the beach and yeh...it was beautiful.



MOMMY TALK WITH STEPH October 27, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

I love those pictures! It looks like you had a great time! I love giraffes! I can see how that would be your favorite vacation! Thanks for sharing!

Caiti October 27, 2011 at 6:03 PM  

Awesome giraffe pictures! ;)

Mama Luvs Books October 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM  

New GFC follower from the hop! Would love the GFC follow back!!! Also going to follow you FB and Twitter! http://www.mamaluvsbooks.com

LOVE MELISSA:) October 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM  

Hi Sean. I have a really cute giveaway for the new baby if your interested:)