Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Joy is in the Journey

I love to travel.  The thought of visiting new places and discovering new things thrills and excites me.  Every year, Nuno and I try to get away with our girls to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Some years we've stayed close to home, other years, we've flown to far-away places. But, my favorite way to travel is by car.  I love road trips.  As some of you may know, I am not a fan of air travel, although, if I have to fly to get somewhere, I will.  

This year, we decided to rent a car and drive down south to Florida.  We had flown to Orlando, Florida, once before, but this time, we drove - approximately 2100 km or 1300 miles (each way).  I cannot tell you how wonderful the drive was!  My girls were the most wonderful road companions.  Not once, did they complain about the drive or how long it was going to take to get there.  The joy was in the journey and in the places we saw along the way.  


On day one of our trip, we drove from our home in Barrie, Ontario to the Canada/US border at Niagara Falls, and on through the states of New York, Pennsylvania,  and West Virginia!

One of the most breathtaking sights along the way were the mountain views in the state of West Virginia.

We had to pull over to take in the majestic landscape.  It was simply stunning!

We stayed overnight in West Virginia and then headed out again in the early morning hours towards the state of Virginia; boasting equally breath-taking mountain and valley views.  

On day two, we continued driving through the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  It was almost lunch hour as we neared toward the city of Savannah, Georgia.  We decided to stop there for lunch.  And thank goodness, we did!


It was stifling hot and so humid when we arrived in Savannah.  Honestly, I couldn't care less because my heart skipped a beat when I found myself in this beautiful city.  What a wonderful, unexpected surprise!  This enchanting place stole my heart - the architecture, the gardens, the squares, the food, oh my goodness!  

 My girls and I in the city market square

For lunch, we ate chicken gumbo at the old Pirates' House restaurant 

We browsed through some of the shops and walked along the city streets and squares.

 Time flew way too quickly and we had to say goodbye to Savannah.  I hoped we would return here on our way back home.  The state of Florida was coming up next.  How exciting!  We were almost there!!

Stay tuned for my next post...


  1. I agree Rosinda- the journey is part of the fun! My husband and I love the airport- always get there early to eat, do some duty free shopping, and just people watch! When we drive, I can sit for hours without talking just soaking in the scenery. Looks like you had a fabulous trip. xx

  2. Oh sweetie! This post reads like a list of places I have always wanted to visit...although I have been to Virginia & North Carolina...but SAVANNAH! Like Gone with the Wind! How special and romantic. What a great idea to drive, like an extra holiday! Can't wait for part 2!! Xoxo

  3. What a lovely town..............I have never been to Savannah, I don't believe. I have lived in Alabama and probably driven through or come close, but not really enjoyed the architecture, etc.'ve put it on MY bucket list, too!!!! Just gorgeous and all your road warriors look lovely...........what a beautiful family you have!! xoxo Joann

  4. Thank you for taking us Grandmother and many Aunts/Uncles lived in Savannah all their is such a charming town, with Southern sensibilities and beautiful lucky that it was one of your stops! Looking forward to seeing where you take us next...xo

  5. Oh your trip looks so fun! I always remember West Virginia because of the really twangy accents in that part of the country. Very cinematic! Savannah is supposed to be one of the gems of the south--I'm bummed I never got to visit. The picture you posted looks like one from Forrest Gump. You all look great! Anita will be towering over you any minute! ♥

  6. Loved...Loved...Loved every word and every picture, specially the one with the 4 of you @ the Restaurant:) How beautiful and happy you all look!!!
    I felt like I was with you every step of the way! I'm looking forward to see the rest of your adventure!!! Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs and Kisses to you, Nuno, Anita and Annabel!
    <3 <3 <3 <3

  7. Oh Rosinda, thank you for sharing this. There are few things I love more than a family road trip! Savannah is one of my favorite cities. I love the squares with beautiful gardens. I bet you were probably twenty minutes from my house when you came through South Carolina!! Too bad I didn't know you were coming by! XO Susan

  8. My first visit here [followed a link from Susan Branch's site]. Just a quick note to say I love to cook too so I'll be back. And PS - you have a beautiful family. Take care & Happy Fourth! :>)

  9. Couldn't agree more - getting there is half the fun! Joe loves driving, and we've had lots of fab trips on the way to places!

    Looking forward to your next posts!
    Rachel xxx

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