Ever since we got back from Orlando on Saturday I have had zero desire to download and edit photos. I often feel like this after vacations when I have hundreds of photos to go through. This photo aversion carries over into not wanting to take photos of every single little thing like I usually do. So I’ve taken almost no photos since we got back. So much for my photo-a-day challenges. In my defense, I pretty much knew that I would end up laming out on those. I’ve tried them before and at some point I just don’t want to do it anymore. It was fun for a while.
I finally forced myself to go through the first days’ worth of photos from our little mini-vacation, so here they are.
After getting both boys off to school on Thursday, I went to the St. Pete/Clearwater airport to pick up my Mom who was arriving from Tennessee.
The boys were so excited that she would be there when they got out of school. Thank you so much Mom!
After giving her the run-down of what to expect for the next two days with the boys, Chad and I vacated.
We ate lunch on the road…sandwiches from Einstein Bros. Bagels. I had a chicken pesto bagel thin sandwich.
It was fairly smooth sailing about an hour and a half to Orlando.
A month or so ago I asked my social media friends where we should go in Orlando at Universal City Walk for a romantic getaway weekend. We had stayed at the Royal Pacific, but weren’t really familiar with the other hotels. Several of my friends said that the Portofino was very romantic, so that’s what we chose.
The hotel was beautiful and our room was very nice.
We had a view of one of the pools.
There was an interesting window between the bedroom and the bathroom.
Relaxation began immediately (margarita #1):
After we got settled in we decided to take a walk around the resort to get the lay of the land. I wore my Garmin and made sure we got in at least one mile.
It was hard to resist taking self portraits every time we got in an elevator.
Some of the paths around the resort were almost fall-like with the hardwood trees shedding their leaves. This is unusual in Florida.
After we had explored every corner of the Portofino Bay Hotel, we headed back to our room for another drink (I was trying to keep track at this point)…
and then left to go to Universal City Walk for dinner. There was a singer performing on the plaza where the ferry launch was located.
The Christmas decorations were beautiful, and the Clauses were just hanging out next to the huge tree.
On the ferry:
Our destination for dinner:
So many margaritas to choose from!
I went for the “perfect” margarita.
Still keeping track:
For my dinner I chose the Jerk Salmon and a garden salad.
Chad got a cheeseburger in paradise.
Last drink of the evening:
After dinner we walked around Universal City Walk a bit.
Then we rode the ferry back to the Portofino and called it a night.
Day 2 still to come if I can make myself go through the photos.