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The Perfect Playa has Bicicletas

The Quest continues at Rosewood Mayakoba in the Mayan Riviera. I have a few characteristics to add to the ideal of the perfect beach. It has bicycles. The carefree simplicity of riding a bicycle calls back to a bygone age. Riding a bike is presumably the alternative to walking when you want to get somewhere faster. The irony about biking while on holiday is that by definition, you don’t need to be anywhere. And you definitely don’t need to be anywhere faster.  Which makes the riding of the bike completely and totally without motivation. Which is why it is my next characteristic for the perfect beach resort.
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The London Tour Continues

For my readers, the dozens of you (Dozens!) that enjoyed my London Walking Tour post, this is the next chapter in that series. I anticipate it being a never-ending series as I can’t imagine a day where the pleasures of London have all been discovered. This time, my walk brought me along the North Bank of the Thames as I made my pilgrimage to Hyde Park. Let’s explore some of the sights along the way.
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Girls Trip in Nashville

I am a big fan of domestic travel right now. It’s time we Americans show some gratitude for the vast and diverse landscape that we inhabit. Wanderlust can be cured in our backyard for a lot less than a European tour or soul-searching excursion in South America. Less time, less money, less planning. It’s a triple win.

Me and some of my oldest friends decided to take a girls trip together. We are spread out in the corners of the country representing Texas, New York, and California, so we met in a semi-central location: Nashville, Tennessee.
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Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
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Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery

I give this place an overall rating of A-. While I maintain that this is a great hotel, our experience has declined as of late. When we first visited the Andaz Maui in 2014, it was brand spanking new. They set obscenely high standards and treated everyone like royalty. A few years later and I understand when you are at full capacity that not everyone can be a princess anymore.

I get it but at the same time I don’t like it. Especially since I chose this place to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for the most important day of my life. Yes, we got married here in 2015 and it was completely perfect. And now, I expect to be treated like royalty every time I return. Unreasonable? Perhaps. But reason has little to do with anything.

Despite my disappointment this time around, it is still a beautiful property and the food is superb (specifically Morimoto and Ka’ana Kitchen). Our routine is to lounge by the pool for hours on end sipping smoothies.

All photo credit goes to my husband Tommy! Happy 2 Years!

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