Two years ago I made a brief visit to the Val Di Funes in South Tyrol, Italy and I swore I would return one day when I had more time to explore. So last fall, I finally did. I met up with a very good photographer friend for a short girls weekend tucked into the tiny town of Santa Magdelena in the Valley (Val di Funes) at the foot of the Dolomite mountain range. We spent 3 days exploring, photographing and relaxing in the solitude of this stunning area. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
While other parts of the country have enjoyed having microbreweries in their towns for decades, Florida (like we do here in the South) is a tad slower to catch on… but no more. There are craft beers to be enjoyed here in the Sunshine State and even more importantly in my new (old) home of Sarasota / Bradenton. Yay!
Big Top Brewing Company officially opened their tasting room to the public at the beginning of April and is now serving hand crafted tasty-ness to the wonderful people living and visiting in beautiful Sarasota, Florida.
Despite being known for it’s beaches, theme parks, and retirement communities, Florida has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. Inland you will find an intricate ecosystem of freshwater springs, 21 of which are located in Florida State Parks. Their clear, turquoise water and constant refreshing temperature of around 70 degrees make a perfect place to escape Florida’s oppressing summertime heat. Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest is a gorgeous place to spend a weekend and enjoy some authentic Florida nature!
Perhaps you have never heard of Alajar. I know I hadn’t until very good friends of mine decided this would be their wedding destination this past year. So off I went for 8 days to a place I knew virtually nothing about and fell in love with everything about Andalusia.
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