Category Archive: Beach

The Bikini Has a Birthday

July is a month of birthdays:  Canada (July 1st), the United States (July 4th), me (July 31st), and on July 5th, 2018, the bikini turns 72 years old. For most women, the selection of the perfect bikini begins well before its time to hit the beach during vacation, and it may very well be the first to-do item on a vacation preparation list.  For many women, there is no greater vacation angst than finding the right swimsuit – bikini or otherwise. Archaeologists date the existence of a scanty swimsuit back to 1600 BC., but the modern world was shocked with the debut of this new swimsuit in 1946. Designers Jacques Heim and Louis Reard are credited with changing the landscape of the beach forever. They were competitors – Heim selling the world’s smallest swimsuit at a beach shop in , […]

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Recommendations for a Romantic Getaway

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but keeping a list of ideas for romantic getaways close at hand for other special occasions – anniversaries, proposals, birthdays, or just to show a loved one a little special appreciation. What makes a destination romantic is as different as every person is. Whether your idea of romantic is a secluded beach, a penthouse in a big city, dinner for two with a view, or visiting somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, I’ve got some suggestions for you. For City Lovers If you love the big cities, you know that they aren’t cold and impersonal – no, they’re teeming with life and excitement, and are full of romantic travel opportunities. Just think about these: A kiss at midnight at the top of the Empire State Building. It worked for Cary Grant and […]

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Postcard from Roses

On rainy Seattle days, I enjoy thinking about how lovely the coast of Spain is. Roses, located on the north end of the Bay of Roses, is a great beach getaway spot. And the Hotel Vistabella, where I stayed, provides a lovely view of the sand and surf.

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10 Essentials to Pack for Your Beach Vacation

Beach vacations are a popular choice, whether you’re flying to an exotic location or hitting the shore close to home.  But you can’t just head out to the beach — it can actually be one of the vacation destinations that is complicated to pack for. Here are 10 items that I consider essential for a beach vacation: Swim suit and cover up – whether you’ll be walking to the beach from your hotel room or out the door of your cabin, a swimsuit is the essential item of beach clothing.  You’ll also want a cover up for walking through a hotel lobby, or when it’s time to cut back on your sun exposure.  If you’ll be at the beach for more than a day or two consider packing additional swimsuits. Sunscreen – it seems like this is a no brainer, […]

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