Favorite Places

Paris Part Deux: Palace of Versailles

Versailles, Versailles, Versailles…beauty like no other.

While I was in school for interior design and during my ballet classes I learned so much about Versailles that I just hold it very dearly to my heart. I remember vividly watching the ballet documentary and them bringing up Louis XIV, ballet enthusiast.. Versailles holds my biggest passions that make me, me.

I will say it is quite overwhelming being there with the crowds and just all the detail within itself. Loved seeing that they tried doing a faux finish for some of the door moldings && was amazed by all the upholstered wall coverings. The colors for some of the rooms are so bold it and daring.

Such an amazing experience I hope you enjoy my images..

Lanikai Beach.

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Images above are from Lanikai Beach

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 Popoia (Flat Island)

Saved the best for last, our trip to Kailua! Kayaked my way to Popoia Island which means Flat Island, learned so much about the island thanks to my tour guide. Truly enjoyed watching the water hit the dry coral island something about the colors and textures that I just couldn’t take enough pictures.

Fun Facts about Popoia: Wedge Tailed Shearwater come to the island to nest these monogamous birds are the cutest. The only way they’ll divorce is if they fail to breed and the male is to blame.

The island itself is a Seabird Sanctuary the fine is 10,000.00 if caught disturbing the birds..it might be 5,000.00 still a lot.

Hawaiians once used the island as a fishing shrine where they would offer fish meat to bring in good luck in fishing. The shrine, is no longer there.

This being my first kayaking experience I absolutely loved it. The lifejacket made me feel at ease, I tend to panic in deep water. Such a great experience.

After returning the kayaking gear I met back with my sister and headed to Lanikai(which was on my top three must do’s in Hawaii). Words can’t even describe the beauty of this place, its tranquil and enticing. From the entrance to this beach you know you’re about to walk into something amazing. The weather was amazing that day too it was just perfect.

I am a huge fan of artsy stickers, had to snap a pictures of the ones that were on the entrance post. More specifically I was looking for this pineapple grenade that I saw the first day in Oahu, never saw it again.

Na Mokula (Two Islands) Moku Mui  the larger one and Moku Iki the smaller one are also Sea Bird Santuary locations and activity is limited and according to my tour guide dangerous.

This is the end to my Oahu Bliss…my love for Hawaii is immense and I hope to go back again.

Pineapple Express.

Dole Plantation

Koi Pond right outside the exit of the Pineapple Express

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 All images above are from the Dole Plantation

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Beach off Kamehameha Hwy

Dole Plantation, by far the coolest place EVER! Had no idea pineapples grew from the ground, to think of it never actually put much thought to it. I was pretty amazed while we rode the Pineapple Express, pineapples take their sweet time to grow.. flowering in 20–24 months and fruiting in the following six months.

They had this Koi pond right by the exit of Pineapple Express, so glad I had quarters to feed them. I am easily entertained I could not stop feeding them…that was until I ran out of quarters.

After our excursion at the Dole Plantations we took a dip at a beach near our hotel. Pictures look gorgeous right? Until it started pouring and we had to head back to our hotel. Thankfully by the time we got there it was sunny all over again and my sister and I went snorkeling at Turtle Bay Beach . Gotta love that unpredictable island weather.

Can’t wait to post the last of my adventures in Oahu. I hope you all enjoy my images.

Love,

Sandie

 

 

Oahu Bliss.

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Images above were taken off Kamehameha Hwy. Abandon Location

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 Images above were taken at Turtle Bay Resort.

Oahu, Oahu, Oahu…the beauty of this island is incredible. I have a lot more images, but thought I should start where my sister and I were staying. Really enjoyed my stay at the Turtle Bay Resort, waking up to ocean views is all I need. One afternoon I had to just go near the water and take it all in, flooded with euphoria I just sat there for a good hour. Needless to say coming home was by far the biggest burden.