All the Way to the Keys

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I’ve lost count of how many time I’ve been in Key West and it is because driving the 175 miles to it (about 255km) from Miami, is worth it. About 22 bridges connect Miami and Key West through little islands, keys, tiny pieces of land; all above the ocean. But this trip gets even better if you rent a convertible, a jeep or RV. Florida keys maintain the perfect temperature all year long permitting you to stop in all the places this road offers: restaurants, cafes, bars, beaches, spots for fishing, perfect areas for snorkeling, shops and much more. Below, I will recommend some places to visit or things to do in each key; and don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

You will travel from Miami through the first key, the largest one (33 miles long)

Key Largo : Stop at John Pennekamp State Park for Family Snorkel Tours, canoeing, kayaking, beach access, glass bottom boat, RV camp

Tavernier: Great Marina to book a fishing tour

Islamorada: Visit the Bass Pro Shops and enjoy the restaurants: have a drink at the bar, sit in hammock, enjoy the music and the view, feed the tarpons, sharks or pelicans.

Duck Key (very little): Perfect to swim with dolphins at Duck Key Resort, beach, water park, restaurants, pool, bar.

Marathon Key: Bahia Honda State Park: Beautiful place for almost everything. It is on mile marker 37 and includes an RV campsite, beach access, fishing spots, snorkeling; you can even climb to an old bridge and enjoy the most spectacular sunsets.

Cross the Seven Mile Bridge to Key West (your final destination)

Key West: Before entering Key West there are several RV Camps, once in Key West you won’t find any. Key West has EVERYTHING and more- Duval Street has it all. The best way to spend your days in Key West is by renting a golf car or scooters. Parking is expensive.

Go wild: let the adventurer inside of you out; Florida Keys is the place to do it!!!!!

New England by Car

 

 IMG_0229    Put on your boots, we are heading to New England!!!

    Ponte las botas nos vamos a New England!!!

We landed into Boston, rented a car and headed to Cape Cod.

   Aterrizamos en Boston, rentamos el coche y nos fuimos a Cape Cod.

IMG_9999Part #1 Cape Cod ( mini road trip around Cape Cod) Cape Cod has many cute spots for you to explore, but the best one is around The National Seashore to have some fun in the Dunes. For small price you can access all the beaches on the coast and enjoy the huge piles of sand.

Mini viaje alrededor de Cape Cod: Cape Cod tiene muchos lugares bonitos, pero el Mejor es El Parque Nacional que bordea la costa donde puedes divertirte jugando en las Dunas de Arena. Por un pequeno precio, tienes acceso a todas las playas y a disfrutar de estas enormes montanas de arena.

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Keep driving to end of the Cape, to Provincetown: enjoy this cute town full of shops and restaurants. Pay attention to the tides  and while you are in this area, visit the light houses, they all take several hours to be reach, so you must plan which one you want to do first. I choose Wood End southwest end of Long Point in Provincetown, Massachusetts. You feel, your walking above the water.

Continua manejando hasta el final de la isla, hasta llegar a Provincetown: disfruta de este bello pueblo, de sus tiendas y de sus restaurantes . Presta atencion a las mareas y mientras estas en esta area visita uno de  los tantos faros de la zona, cada uno de ellos. Te llebara horas alcanzarlos, asi que planifica cual visitar primero. Yo escogi Wood End al final de Long Point, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Sientes como si caminaras por encima del agua.

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Walking to Wood End Lighthouse over the water. Caminando hacia el Faro.

Low Tides Mareas Bajas

Low Tides
Mareas Bajas

The Cape has another wonderful point of interest, the harbors. Hyannis  Inner Harbor offers ferries to Nantucket and to Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole Great Harbor and Falmouth Heights offers ferries to Martha’s Vineyards.

Cape Cod tiene otro maravilloso punto de interes, los puertos. Hyannis Inner Harbor que ofrece servicios de ferry hasta Nantucket y hasta Martha’s Vineyard y Woods Hole Great Harbor and Falmouth Heights que ofrecen servicios de ferries hasta Martha’s Vineyard.

Enjoy the wildlife spots, whale watching, bird watching, and many beaches.

Disfruta de la naturaleza salvaje, las ballenas, los pajaros y de las playas.

Part #2 Back in the main land, we headed back to Boston. Visited the Salem museum and went to Plymouth where the first pilgrims arrived from England, we visited the Mayflower, the Rock and the smelled pines aroma everywhere we went.(this trip is gorgeous during fall season)

De regreso en Boston, visitamos  el museo de Salem y llegamos hasta Plymouth a donde llegaron los primeros peregrinos desde Inglaterra, visitamos El Mayflower y la gran Roca asi como disfrutamos del olor a pino en cada lugar de este pueblo.( este viaje es precioso si lo realizas en otono)

Next Stop: Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I have no words to describe the beauty of this place. Look at the pics.

Proxima Parada: Cape Elizabeth, Maine. No tengo palabras para describir la belleza de este lugar. Solo miren las fotos.IMG_0034 IMG_0058

There is a lot to do in Maine: Mouse watching tours, many seaside town all of them worth a visit, so you need to be selective and decide for your self which ones you would like to spend time on and which ones you will just stop for few hours before continue to your net stop.

Hay mucho que hacer en Maine: Tours para ver a los alces, y muchos pueblos al lado del mar y todos valen la pena visitarlos, asi que debes decidir en cual quieres pasar un tiempo y en cuales prefieres solo parar unas horas antes de continuar hasta tu proxima parade.

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Kennybunkport

Portland, Old Port

Portland, Old Port

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Penobscot Bay

Camden

Camden

 

We visited these towns on our road trip!

Visitamos estos pueblos en camino al Parque nacional de  Arcadia.

 

 

 

 

Part#3: Acadia National Park (another side trip) I stayed in the beautiful town of Bar Harbor.  Sunrise View every morning from my room was amazing!!!

Parte #3: Parque Nacional Acadia: nos hospedamos en el hermoso Bar Harbor y los amaneceres fueron todos impresionantes!!!IMG_0140                                         Pictures of Bar Harbor town/Fotos de Bar Harbor

IMG_0302 IMG_0304Acadia National Park: Start at the visitor center for important information and map and begin the park loop from the comfort of your vehicle, there are also buses departing from the visitor center through the park.

Parque Nacional Acadia: Comienza en el centro de informacion donde obtendras mapas e informacion mas detallada de los servicios del parque. Aqui comienza tu paseo bien desde la comodidad de tu vehiculo o utilizando el servicio de buses que provee el parque.

Places you don’t want to miss once at the park/ Lugares que no quieres perderte una vez en el parque:

  • Cadillac Mountain
  • Schooner Head Overlook/ Mirador
  • Thunder Hole
  • Otter Cliffs
  • Otter Cove
  • Hunters Beach
  • Jordan Pond/Restaurant
  • Eagle Lake
Make many stop as you want, there is plenty parking everywhere, except in Jordan’s Pond during lunch hours. There is camping, biking, hiking, several beaches and much more to spend your days.
Haz todas las paradas que te apetescan, hay mucho parqueo por dondequiera, excepto en el restaurant Jordan’s Pond durante las horas de almuerzo. Hay para acampar, montar bici, escalar e ir a la playa.

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  • Otter Cliffs

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  • Schooner Head Overlook/ Mirador

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  • Jordan Pond/Restaurant

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  • Thunder Hole
The last thing I want to share about this trip, its about Maine’s lobster, and here is the best place to have it: Trenton Bridge
Lo ultimo que compartire de este viaje es la langosta tipica de esta zona y este es el lugar que les recomiendo: Trenton Bridge

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Last, you will flight back from Bangok Airport/ Regreso desde el aereopuerto de Bangok.

Cuando de vinos se trata. When talking about wine.

 

Se sabe mucho sobre vinos en el mundo entero, chilenos, italianos, franceses, australianos, argentinos, californeanos, espanoles. Todos son exquisitos asi que no puedo entrar en discussion , sin embargo, puedo narrarles mi experiencia en Espana. Los llevare a dar un paseo por algunas de las bodegas de mi preferencia en el Norte de Espana.

There is a lot of knowledge out there about wine. Australians, Spanish, Argentinean, French, Californian, are all exquisite wines,  I can’t argue with that, but I can tell you about my own experience in Spain. I’ll take you on a tour through North Spain’s best wineries.

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Olite/Navarra: Es parte de las 25 localidades que integran La Ruta del Vino en Navarra, aqui te recomiendo las Bodegas Ochoa.

Olite is a small town in the Navarra region and one of the 25 locations in la Ruta Del Vino. Here I recommend The Ochoa winery.

La Rioja: A traves de la pagina Riojatrek te encontraras con el mejor tour guiado de la Rioja, sigue mis fotos y te daras cuenta de porque te lo digo.

La Rioja: Through Riojatrek.com you can find the best guided tour in the Rioja area. Follow my pictures and see it yourself.

Everything begins here, our meeting point: Logrono, in the middle of no where.

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picnic: mosto, wine, chorizo, pate, bread and good company

picnic: mosto, wine, chorizo, pate, bread and good company

Listening and learning

Listening and learning

Our group

  Our group

wine tasting

                  wine tasting

 

visiting an old winery to learn even more

visiting an old winery to learn even more

filling my own bottle of wine

filling my own bottle of wine

 

 

 

sealing the wine bottle with the cork and be ready to take it home with a personalized label.

sealing the wine bottle with the cork,  ready to take it home with a personalized label.              

Bodegas El Marques de Riscal: Algo para contarle a tus amigos.Tour guiado. Muy recomendado.

Marquez de Riscal Wineries: Something to sharewith your friends. Guided tour. Highly recommended.

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Otras bodegas de interes. Other wineries.

Bodegas Ysios

                            Bodegas Ysios