You know what today is! It’s Friday, so we are linking up for the Friday Five, with three amazing DC area bloggers: Mary at Mar On the Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up For What?! and Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC. Feel free to join the fun with your own Friday Five post and be sure to visit and comment on the other blogs on the linkup!
Today, we are talking about Five Trips.
Oh, boy. The PugRunner family loves traveling. For me, it started with summer vacation road trips, where my mom, aunt and I drove to pretty much every state on the Eastern seaboard, and west to Kansas and Texas. In high school, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Europe, visiting Paris, Rome, Florence, Lucerne and Barcelona. I took a bit of a hiatus while in college but started up again afterwards, and now Mr PugRunner and I try to travel as much as we can, with and without little man.
1. Our Honeymoon – Maui, Napa Valley & San Francisco
We spent a lot of time trying to figure out our honeymoon. Mr PugRunner was all about a cruise or visiting a tropical destination, and I wanted to DO something. So we compromised on Maui. And since we were going to be over on the West Coast, it only made sense to make a pit stop in Napa and San Francisco while we were there.
We had the most wonderful time in Maui. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, and tried to squeeze as much into six days as we could.
Mr PugRunner’s favorite part was probably the helicopter tour (I was not a fan!)
We rode horses in the Kaanapali crater.
And took our rental Mustang on the Road to Hana.
In addition, we gorged ourselves on fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts and seafood.
On our return to the mainland, we detoured to Napa Valley to visit some wineries.
And we ended our trip in San Francisco, with visits to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf.
It was amazing.
2. European Vacation – Rome, Venice & Paris
For my 30th birthday, we were planning to go to Cancun. We had a resort booked, and were starting to look at excursions to some of the ruins, when we were gifted with an opportunity to go to Paris. Since we were going to be in Europe and Mr PugRunner had never been to Italy, we extended the trip to include Rome and Venice.
We spent every day exploring the sights and museums and churches. I don’t think we ever stopped.
Off the top of my head, we visited the Vatican, the Colisseum, Catacombs, Spanish Steps, San Marco Square, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Les Tulieres, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame and Roland Garros. And there was still so much more to do and see.
It may be a while before we return to Europe, but I can’t wait.
For Mr PugRunner’s 40th birthday, I surprised him with a trip to Atlantis. I tried to be incredibly chill about it – not really making any plans, except for one excursion, because he prefers to be spontaneous and not have to adhere to any kind of timetable.
There was no way I was missing dolphin snuggle time.
We loved the resort, the pina coladas and all the fun things to do on property. We spent three days just relaxing and enjoying each other, and we both loved it.
For my birthday, Mr PugRunner planned a long weekend in Savannah. This is a gorgeous city, full of history and charm. It’s less than three hours away by car, so it makes for a completely doable few days.
I had the best time enjoying all the yummy food and walking the streets of the city. It’s the perfect mix of history and fun.
There was still plenty we didn’t get to do, so we will most certainly be back.
5. St. Maarten
This was the first trip Mr PugRunner and I took together. It was a big deal because we met up with his sister and family, as well as his dad and stepmom. No pressure, right?
However, we stayed at a beautiful resort and had the best time in the pools, out on the town and dancing and drinking into the night.
Also? Swimming horses.
What are you top five favorite trips? Share in the comments or write your own post to link up with the Friday Five!