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A Little Bit of Paradise At The Hotel Del, Coronado

I love to go to the Hotel Del – that place is just what the doctor would order or should order for anyone to get away from it all!  It makes me feel content and serene and as though I am on vacation.  Yesterday, on November 30th, we finally got to go and visit this beautiful place again.  My heart had been yearning for the Hotel Del.  I was so excited to go and visit it again.

On the way to the Hotel Del, there are many picture taking opportunities:

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

Don’t park in the hotel grounds as you will have to pay for parking, and it isn’t cheap.  There is plenty of free parking by the beach on the main streets.  We had to park about a ten-minute walk away from the hotel, but it’s such a lovely place to take a walk.  Just take in the surroundings all around and you won’t be disappointed.

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

People just love to gaze at the Hotel Del, well……it’s so swell!

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near the Hotel Del, Coronado

Coronado near the Hotel Del

Coronado near the Hotel Del

Finally, we got to the Hotel Del.  The ice-skating rink is now open for the holidays and I could just stand here for hours taking in the happiness of everyone and the beauty all around.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted pictures with the hotel in the background

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

or without it

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del

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Hotel Del Ice-Skating Rink, Coronado

Hotel Del Ice-Skating Rink, Coronado

Hotel Del Ice-Skating Rink, Coronado

You might want to start with taking a break, just to take in the surrounding beauty while you have an ice-cream from Moo-Time Creamery or grab a cup of coffee or a cold drink – this area shown in the picture below is a self-service area and it is ever so relaxing and a great place to sit.

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

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Moo-Time Creamery, Hotel Del, Coronado

There’s plenty of shops and places to get treats

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The Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Then, you’ll want to go and see the lobby and  the Christmas tree, and some more of the grounds of the hotel

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

This tree is located where the Sheerwater Restaurant is and close by to where the self-service coffee shop is located

Hotel Del, Coronado

If you go through the lobby and past the tree, then you can exit from the other side and wander out into the beautiful garden

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

This area shown below is a restaurant with out-door seating and a prime view of not just the ocean, but people-watching

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

We ended up staying for several hours, and got treated to a nice sunset.

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Hotel Del, Coronado

Feel like some hot chocolate out by the ice-skating rink?  Then you should try Coffee By The Sea

Hotel Del, Coronado

The ice-skating rink is now bathed in a beautiful sun-set

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Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Did you know that the beach is just a few steps away from the Hotel Del?  Such a fantastic setting!
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Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Then the sunset became even more spectacular, but how could it be other than spectacular in this beautiful of most beautiful places?

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

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Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Last, but not least…..this place is just where you have to come to get into the holiday spirit!  It looks like a holiday bonanza, and it is so festive and elegant here that I can’t describe it accurately enough.

Hotel Del, Coronado

Hotel Del, Coronado

Did I tell you that I loved the Hotel Del, did I tell you it is so so swell?  It is beautiful and I highly recommend that you visit.

Me and My New Note 3 and Balboa Park

I have a new Note 3, and I have enjoyed getting to know it.  It was quite a transition from going from an Iphone to a non-Iphone, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

My first major testing place of my Note 3 was at Balboa Park on October 26th, 2013.  I went here for the occasion of the Festival of Lights.  However, I will show you some pictures taken at Balboa Park using  my Note 3, and then some pictures taken with my Canon G10.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Now, here are some pictures taken with my Canon G10

Balboa Park

Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

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Balboa Park – San Diego

I won’t show you pictures of my Note 3, as you can see what one is like from taking a look at this link:

http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3/

However, I think the Note 3 takes pretty decent pictures, and can perform quite well in dim lighting.  But, I would never give up my Canon G10 as I love this camera  – there’s nothing like a dedicated stand-alone camera!  I will say that I prefer the pictures taken with my Note 3 over those I used to take on the Iphone, but then my old Iphone 4’s camera had had only 5 megapixels or so, and the Note 3 has 13 megapixels, so that’s not a fair comparison.  The G10 has about 10 megapixels, but I can’t say the Note 3’s camera is better, I am not that much into camera specifications to pass that type of judgment.

Here’s a picture taken with my Note 3 of one of my favorite subjects for photo-taking – my little 4 year old daughter!

Note 3 photo of Chandi

Note 3 photo of Chandi

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Note 3 photo of Chandi

I could take photos all day long of this little Princess!

But going back to my Note 3, all I can say with confidence is that I love using this super smartphone!

The Pink Sands of Bermuda

Here are some photographs of beaches that I did not show in the previous post.  Sometimes, I tend to include so many pictures in one post, that I thought I would divide them out.  These pictures were taken on Day 2 in Bermuda.

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

And now for Beach No. 3 (Beach 1 was Snorkel Park Beach, and of course 2 was shown above).  We unfortunately did not get to go on Horseshoe Bay Beach, all the pictures that I took above were from higher up at a distance.  I think cars can not drive down the hill, and of course, I couldn’t still really walk down a hill like that in my current state.  However, the beach below is more accessible by car, and our taxi went all the way down, parking within feet of the beach.  The beach is part of South Shore Park – it is Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove.

This picture shows the vendor that is right at the entrance.

Food Vendor, Warwick Long Bay Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

The beaches in Bermuda are well known for having pink sand, and this is a naturally occurring phenomenon.  I asked the taxi driver why the beach at Snorkel Park did not have pink sand, and was told that that beach is a man-made beach.  However, Jobson’s Cove and Horseshoe Bay Beach are both pink sand beaches, and certain parts of the sand are more pink than other parts.  You can be the judge, and figure out which picture I have shown above best shows the pink sand.  If you’d like a closer look at some of the sand from Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, see the picture below:

Pink Flecked Sand, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

That’s me on one of the fantastic pink sand beaches.

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

It sure is a nice place to relax and read, or to just look at the ocean.

Warwick Long Bay/Jobson’s Cove Beach, Bermuda

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Bermuda.  Just remember, no matter how hard life is or what it deals you, all your worries can go away when you see a beautiful beach.

Bermuda – Day 2 – Some Photographs

Well, no matter what…..you can’t be in Bermuda and not see it (my previous post will explain why I would say that).  Therefore, after a relatively laid-back morning (and I would not have done this if I had been okay) – we got off the cruise ship at around 12:30 pm.  I knew I could not walk around a lot.  Therefore, I glanced at the Visitor Information board (shown below) and the prices seemed to be very reasonable, however, I did not have the ability to be adventurous as usual.

Visitor Information, Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Therefore, I talked to a taxi driver, and took the first taxi after the driver told me he would give us a two hour tour of the main sights, and beaches and drop us off in Hamilton at the ferry terminal for $40.  I could have paid $24 (since Chandi had stayed behind at the Adventure Ocean kids camp for the day) – one adult day pass was $12 and two kids passes were $6 each, but the convenience of not waiting and not knowing how much I would have to walk made the answer in my mind very clear, it had to be the taxi.

I took some of these pictures from inside the taxi, I liked all the bright colors:

Bermuda

Bermuda

Bermuda

Bermuda

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda

Henry V111 Restaurant & Bar, Bermuda

Henry V111 Restaurant & Bar, Bermuda

Houses of Bermuda

It was after this point, that we saw the two more beaches other than Snorkel Beach.  However, I am going to include them in my next post, and will go on to show you some pictures of Hamilton, which is the capital of Bermuda.

Marina, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

The Bermudian, Bermuda

The Bermudian, Bermuda

Bermudian Shorts, Bermuda

Hamilton Ferry Terminal, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Who’d have believed it?  Good old Marks & Spencer’s – all the way from the UK – is now here in Bermuda!  This certainly brought back memories!

Marks & Spencer, Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Oh, my gosh!  I can’t believe it……these things are everywhere I go!  I can’t seem to escape them now.

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

But, I passed by them with Flying Colors!  Notice, how the spelling of colors is “colours” as spelt by the Brits, and also how I used to spell this word many years ago.

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Pink Buses of Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

We got into a ferry at around 5:30 pm to take us back to the cruise ship.  It cost $4 for my ticket one-way, and $2 each for the kids.  This is a little of what I saw from the ferry:

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

I took another picture of the Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn in Bermuda

I also got a glimpse of our ship from afar:

Enchantment Of The Seas, Bermuda

and from up close:

Enchantment Of The Seas, Bermuda

Just had to take this picture as we got back into Kings Wharf to remind me of where we had just been today.

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Phone Booths, Bermuda

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

That evening as my kids were planning on going bungee jumping, I realized that I could get some photos of Kings Wharf right from the ship, these are the pictures:

Sunset over Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines held an event over at Kings Wharf in the evening today called “Destination Dockyard Festival” at the Royal Naval Dockyard from 7:30 – 10:00 PM.  However, I could not make it back off the ship – I was tired and my ankles would not allow for any more walking.

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

So even though, I had been feeling pain with every step, and had been wondering as I lay in my cabin last night as to what was going to happen in the next few days – some of these questions could not help but flash in my head:  Would I be able to get off the cruise ship?  Would I be able to see more of Bermuda?  Would my kids have to enjoy three more days on the cruise ship on their own, and go around by themselves?  I had persevered, and made it through.  I had seen the pink sand beaches of Bermuda (see the next post) and even though I hadn’t seen all that I wanted to see, and feel sad that I did not walk on the sands of Horseshoe Bay Beach as I had on Warwick Long Bay, I feel happy that I did the best that I could – considering the circumstances.  I hope you enjoyed my post, and thank you for reading it.