A Rare Leisurely Vacation
This summer we took a 3-week long vacation which included a road trip and a one-week cruise from Los Angeles to Mexico. We started driving from Vancouver down to Los Angeles and then boarded a cruise ship headed to Mexico with stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallerta. Once we arrived back on shore in LA, we drove to Las Vegas and stayed a few nights, then drove to Portland and back home to Vancouver, Canada.
The cruise to Mexico was unforgettable. I rarely take leisurely vacations, almost all of my travels have included lots of activities and sightseeing. On the cruise, we spent a lot of time lounging in the sun, eating nonstop and enjoying the view of the ocean from our bed. Of course, I had my laptop with me because I was worried I would get bored so I worked on a few blog posts but mostly, I told myself to just relax and enjoy the moment. It wasn't too hard actually 🙂 Listening to the waves crashing in the ocean on our balcony was hypnotic. I took a lot of much needed naps.
Cabos San Lucas and Puerto Vallerta
Our cruise itinerary had stops in both Cabos San Lucas and Puerto Vallerta. Cabos definitely stood out in my mind for it's beautiful beaches and the view of the iconic Land's End from most of the places we visited. It was scorching hot in July so it was a welcome relief to jump into cool beach waters. It had a cooling effect on us but was also warm and inviting at the same time. I wish Vancouver beaches were warm like that all year round.
Our next stop in Mexico was the more urban city of Puerto Vallerta. We took a short excursion to the Island of Caleta which is about one hour away by boat. There, we had a memorable dinner on the beach, just steps away from wildlife like pelicans and crabs in their natural habitat, while a live violinist was playing in the background. After dinner, we watched a very popular show called Rhythms of the Night. I would liken it to a Mexican version of Cirque du Soleil but with less complicated acrobatic maneuvers and more fire.
Los Angeles, Las Vegas & Portland
We ended our Mexico cruise back in Long Beach and we drove back up to Vancouver making stops in Las Vegas and Portland. I have been to Las Vegas on several occasions but it was my first time by car and thereby, giving me a surprising opportunity to see a water oasis in the middle of the dessert.
Cocktail Macaron Templates
Since it was so hot and I was on vacation, I had a few drinks (I don't normally drink) and mojitos were my favorite of all. Here is the cocktail inspired macaron project I made when I came home. I also included the template for you to download. It would be great with a spirit-infused macaron filling. (See my Baileys Chocolate Macaron Filling Recipe here)
Thanks for letting me share my little summer journey with you.
Until next time.
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