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Recent Reads

Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh Synopsis - In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever. Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive. Thoughts - I read the first of the two book series la

Friday Photography

Santorini  - Stunning peach and light blue buildings in Oia, Santorini. Read more about our trip to Santorini here You can buy this print here . Get Free Shipping with code BLOGGER Prints also available in larger sizes. Contact for more information and special requests. I am open to wholesale and licensing opportunities. Get in touch for more information.                     Etsy             Instagram             Twitter             Redbubble             Zazzle             Society6   

Birthday Weekend

We are finally done with all our Costa Rican travel posts, which I hope you enjoyed and are now in current time.   The week before last M and I celebrated our birthdays. It was in the middle of the week so we didn't really do much but we had big plans for the weekend.  At what point do we get to blow out our own candles? Actually we have stopped doing candles. Never realized, before Covid, how gross it actually is. But this was just the four of us so we did.. for old times sake.  On Saturday we headed into the city in the afternoon. It turned out to be a beautiful day. I had spotted these viral hot chocolates on Instagram and wanted to try them. We found a small line outside the store, a couple minutes long. M and I shared an original, hot chocolate with a circle of roasted marshmallow fluff and a scoop of some more creamy deliciousness. While they kids chose an Oreo topping. They were very good and decadent. We walked while we sipped. To Central Park and down to the Met.  Then we

Manuel Antonio - Part Two

Our last day arrived. Time for the main attraction. Manuel Antonio National Park. You have to buy tickets in advance. Passport numbers are required. They only admit a certain amount of visitors per time slot and are closed on Tuesday. When I tried to book tickets weeks before we departed I had to try various time slots until I could find one that allowed all four of us. It is not a user friendly website so I'd say book in advance!  Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of the most biodiverse parks in the world, with a population of 109 types of mammal and 184 types of bird, among other species. At just 16 square kilometres, Manuel Antonio is the smallest of Costa Rica’s 161 national parks but the most visited. We opted not to get a guide.. though I was having doubts the day of since we hadn't really seen as many animals on this trip as I had expected. When we asked at the ticket booth they had no more guides available.. but thankfully we saw our first animal within min