Liebster Award – Discovering New Blogs

I just received some exciting news!!! RovingJo has received it’s first award – The Liebster Award.

Viktoria from World nonstop has nominated me for The Liebster Award and I thank her for reading my blog and finding it worthy of the nomination.

My blog is nothing without my readers and it warms my heart that others find my words and photos inspiring. I am pleased to accept the nomination and look forward to answering the questions she has selected for me below.

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An Epic Scotland Road Trip – Part 1

Scotland has so much to offer, out of this world landscapes, cool cities (large and small), culture and history, good food and drink in both pubs and upscale restaurants. And while trains and buses are available, Scotland has some remote and out of the way places that really should be explored. This makes Scotland a perfect place for an Epic Road Trip.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you have seen some of the amazing pictures from my recent 14 day Scotland adventure. Since I have been back I have been receiving quite a few inquiries regarding my itinerary. Therefore I have decided to share a condensed version of it here for all to see. Hopefully it will inspire you to plan your own epic Scotland road trip.

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Top 5 Scottish Castles for Kids

Inverary Castle - Top 5 Scottish Castles for Kids

Scotland is the land of castles. More than 3,000 of them form a part of its dramatic landscape. So no matter where you find yourself there is always a castle nearby.  On our recent Scotland trip we visited 11 castles and picking the best is no easy task so I have asked my 2 girls for their opinion on which where their favorites and why.  Here are the top 5 Scottish castles for kids picked by my kids (11 and 8 years of age).  

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A slice of Japan in Florida

It was a beautiful Sunday morning, my husband was working, my girls were in Sunday school, and despite all the housework that needed to be done I was day dreaming about travel. Of course I begin scrolling through my Instagram and Pinterest feeds and start seeing all these wonderful pictures of spring in Japan.  Then I remembered that about 1 hr away from home is Morikami Museum and Japanese gardens.  Despite living in South Florida for well over one decade I had not visited these gardens yet. So without any more thought or planning I decided that today was the day I would visit this little slice of Japan in Florida.

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New York Grilled Cheese Co. (Wilton Manners, FL) – Review

Not sure what it is about rainy days and comfort food like grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup but they go well together. So when the rain decided to interfere and ruin my plans of a lazy day by the pool with my family, I changed my plans and headed out for lunch with them instead to the New York Grilled Cheese Co.

How did I hear about this place you ask? I discovered it quite by accident as I was browsing through Instagram.  There on my feed was a picture of what looked like a stuffed waffle.  It intrigued me enough that I looked it up and realized that this was not a waffle at all, but a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich that was cooked in a waffle press.

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Miami – An afternoon in Wynwood

Some days you just have to play tourist for the day and enjoy the sites that your own city has to offer.  Today was one of those days. So with exploration in mind and a beautiful sunny day we decided to head to Miami.  When most think of Miami they probably think of palm trees, beaches and South Beach.  But the Miami we went to explore is filled with art -urban graffiti & street art.  It was incredible to see how some of the world greatest artists working on graffiti have converged to create street art in Wynwood.

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Where are you from? – A matter of identity

When you meet someone for the first time, whether it is during your travels or at home, one of the typical questions that comes up in conversation is: Where are you from?  And you would think this is an easy question to answer right? – WRONG!!!  For me, and I am sure countless others, this is probably a very difficult questions to answer and may boil down to a matter of identity.  I may have been born in one place but I have lived more than half my life in another. And more importantly I identify with more than one culture.

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Tin Fish Restaurant (Sunrise, FL) – Review

About a week ago I saw this post on Facebook from my mom raving about this little restaurant in Sunrise, FL called Tin Fish.  Since this is not far from home we decided to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about.  The Tin Fish restaurant is a little gem of a place, it has a casual atmosphere and simply put good fresh food.  Not sure why it is called Tin Fish as I am pretty sure that nothing they cook in there came out of a tin.

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Must See D.C. Attractions

There is so much to see and do in Washington, D.C. that you could probably spend a few weeks here and not see it all.  It can also feel a bit overwhelming for a first time visitor. But don’t worry, I have a plan and a list of essential experiences that I will be sharing with you. So if you have limited time I recommend the following:

1) Plan ahead.
2) Select your must see attractions – you can use the list I am providing as a guide.
3) Plot them on a map (I use Google maps) to find the best route to connect them all and save you time.

Remember D.C. is a great walking city so you will be able to walk or take public transportation to most of the must see attractions and best of all most of them are FREE. Here is my list of must do’s while in Washington, D.C. :

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Top 8 Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

As my summer trip overseas approaches I find myself thinking about jet lag. When flying to and from different time zones your body and internal clock have a hard time adjusting to the changes and you wind up dealing with what is commonly known as jet lag. Many assume that this will ruin your first few days on your trip. And with holidays not being as long as we want them to be, missing out on a day or two can certainly put a damper on your itinerary.  But jet lag does not need to be the Grinch that stole your vacation. It is possible to minimize the effects of jet lag and here are my top 8 tips.

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