Destin..My Favorite Place To Be

This weekend, I am visiting one of my favorite places–Destin, Florida. I’m so excited because it’s been years since I’ve been to Destin, and I’m here with my siblings. I love it because it’s quiet and the beach is clear, and warm. So lovely!

The weather has been beautiful. Yesterday, it was sunny, with a cool breeze. The forecast predicted rain, but we were so thankful that it turned out to be a gorgeous day.

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This morning, I went for a jog with my sister and brother along the scenic route. It was a great way to start the day. I never used to like exercising while I was on vacation, but now I make it a part of my day, and I enjoy it.

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We made a late breakfast at home, and hit the beach in the afternoon. After we soaked up the sun for a few hours, we lay by the pool for a little while.

Yesterday, we rode a pontoon for the first time, and it was tons of fun! My brother navigated for most of the time while the girls lounged around. We took it out in the early afternoon until the evening, and packed our lunch and snacks with us for the day. I even drove it myself for a while, but it wasn’t long before my sister pointed out that I was going in circles, so I gave the wheel back to my brother. They say I’m not the most skilled driver, but I beg to differ 🙂

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Yesterday evening, my sister Nina and my sister-in-law Areej cooked dinner for us. They made baked chicken breasts with onions and potatoes, quinoa, and avocado and tomato salad. It was yummy and healthy! Today is our last day before we head back to New Orleans tomorrow. I hope you’re having a great a Labor Day holiday, wherever you are!

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A Long Way to Nice

We arrived in Nice Thursday afternoon after a very long day/night of traveling. But it is so lovely! Although I wasn’t feeling well all day yesterday, I am thankful that I feel much better today. I had a lot of stomach pain, and I wasn’t able to hold down any food down for most of the day. And I thought I’d packed all the medicine I needed for my trip, but sadly I forgot one that I needed.

So, traveling was a struggle for me. Our flight from Atlanta to New York wasn’t so bad. But our flight from New York to Nice was delayed, and we ended up having a five and a half hour layover. Long layovers are not fun at all! I started to feel anxious on the flight, because I felt like an attack was coming on. As soon as I started to feel it, I took my medicine like my doctor advised. Thankfully, the flight attendant was very helpful and kind. I asked the her for a cup of water to take my medicine, and although they were not serving refreshments yet, she was more than happy to help. That was such a relief, because sometimes I hate to bother and ask for anything.

I also learned that Delta serves vegan and non-lactose alternative meals on their flights, which I am excited about. (Ahh, the things that excite me these days.) I am not a vegetarian, but I do prefer to eat vegetarian meals when I am traveling, because it seems to be easier on my stomach. And although I love ice cream and cafe au laits, dairy does not react well with my medication, so I have to try really hard to stay away from it. Sadness. Anyhow, next time I fly international, I will definitely order those meals. (You have to request in advance when you book your flight.)

When we arrived in Nice, we had no trouble finding the bus and getting to ourbed & breakfast. We were exhausted, so we took a long nap. I thought this would help me feel better, but when I woke up, I still had some pain and discomfort. Later on that evening, we went to dinner and unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well for me 😦

We walked around the city a bit, and when we turned in for the night, I was feeling disappointed and anxious again. When I lay down for bed, I said to myself, out loud, “I am only feeling this way today. This will not set the tone for the rest of my trip.” I took a deep breath, and said my prayers asking for better health the next day. When I woke up, I felt much better.

I awoke with an overwhelming sense of gratitude, and excitement. You see, when good health is not a constant part of your life, you gain an appreciation for both the simple and extraordinary things …from the sunshine of a weekday afternoon, to the magnificent shores of the Côte d’Azur. I hope that good health will prevail for the rest of my trip. Here are some photos below of Nice, and our charming bed & breakfast.

To good health,
Summer

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Best Pho Around?

This week, my sister and brother and I had dinner at a delicious Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Tau Bay. My sister and I had the Pho Bo, or beef noodle soup and it was spectacular. My brother had the Bun, which was equally delicious, if not better. The restaurant has recently received media attention, although it has been open for over 30 years. Anthony Bourdain featured it on his show that airs on the Travel Channel, The Layover, just before Superbowl swept the city in January. Travel+Leisure magazine also featured it last May as one of New Orleans’ Best Vietnamese Restaurants. It sits on the outskirts of New Orleans in a modest shopping center that’s easy to miss. (We drove up the street a couple of times before we could spot it.) It certainly deserves all of the praise it has received. I can’t wait to go back! I may write a feature story on it soon.

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Pho menu

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