Category Archives: Travel

The World’s Largest Outdoor Pool

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Memorial Day weekend has begun and you may be one of many who will be spending the weekend at a sunny beach or poolside. Well, take a look at this pool…called The Crystal Lagoon, it’s the world’s largest outdoor pool and you’ll find it at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile.

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A half mile long, it’s filled with 66 million gallons of water!

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There are smaller pools within this gigantic man-made pool…

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…which is actually larger than 20 Olympic-size pools put together!

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A computer-controlled suction and filtration system keep the pool filled with water that comes directly from the sea.

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Not only is this the world’s largest outdoor pool, it’s also the world’s deepest, going down 115 feet.

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So if you need a little R&R, this may be just the place for you! It sure sounds good to me! 🙂

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Will you be traveling anywhere or relaxing at home?

Photos from Yahoo! News, courtesy of Crystal Lagoons Corp.

A Trip to Altanta

Recently I went to Atlanta with some co-workers to attend the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) and the Atlanta Gift Show. Our hotel was right by the Centennial Olympic Park (photo above by David Henry). While at ICRS, in addition to seeing new books, card, and stationery products, we had the opportunity to view a special preview showing of a new film that will be coming out in September called CourageousIt’s a touching, inspiring movie that will make you laugh and cry, so bring tissues! You can learn more about it and watch a trailer of it by clicking here. The group Casting Crowns has made a music video for the movie, too–click here to see that.

The gift show was at AmericasMart® in the huge Atlanta Convention Center, with floors and floors of the newest items in stationery, giftware, home accessories and furnishings, jewelry and fashion…you name it! One of my favorite showrooms was Natural Life. I loved the colorful, unique, handmade look of their products.

Another showroom I liked was Gabby Home. They had great home accessories and furniture with a rustic and weathered look. It made me want to do some redecorating! 🙂

Of course, we had to eat, too, and found some great places in downtown Atlanta. We had some delicious breakfasts at the Landmark Diner and enjoyed several lunch and dinners at the Cafe Intermezzo. This cafe has so much to choose from, and if you’re wanting dessert they offer over 100 different tortes, tarts, cakes, pies, and cheesecakes!

It was fun seeing everything in Atlanta. Now I have to do some not-so-fun stuff like laundry…

Iced Tea on a Hot Day

I’ve been drinking a lot of iced tea during this hot summer weather. I’ve tried some herbal teas by Twinings of London and really like them. The three flavors that I’ve enjoyed so far are African Honeybush with Mandarin and Orange, Lemon and Chinese Ginger, and Cherries and Madagascan Cinnamon.

With flavors like that, you really feel like you’re drinking something special!

When I was on the Twinings website checking out their other tea flavors, I discovered that Thomas Twining, the founder of Twinings, opened the very first known tea room in 1706, in London. What’s even more interesting is that it’s still open today, after three centuries! It was called Tom’s Coffee House back then and it was the custom at the time for men, not women, to gather there to have coffee and tea while they socialized and met on business. Tom’s was the only coffee house that sold tea, and tea was growing more and more in popularity at that time, so Mr. Twining did very well with his shop. Today, the shop is still in the same location at 216 Strand, serving and selling tea, coffee, hot cocoa, biscuits, cakes, chocolates, and tea accessories. There’s also a little “museum” with antique teapots on display, highlights about the history of tea, and old photos of the Twinings family.

There are all kinds of teas and tea flavors you can check out on the Twinings website, www.twiningsusashop.com. You’ll even find instructions for brewing tea. Here is their recipe for making Iced Tea:

So have a nice tall glass of iced tea and keep cool this summer! 🙂

Linked to Tea Time Tuesday.

A Cute Little Cupcake Bakery

I’m a big fan of cupcakes, and when I recently did a search on the web one day to see if “polka dots” was one word or two (it’s two), I came across this cute little cupcake bakery! I think their logo is really fun (even though they did make polkadots one word)–I like the way they put a little cupcake in the “o.” 🙂   The inside of the bakery looks really inviting–here’s a picture they have posted on their website–it originally was a house built in 1908.

This bakery is in Austin, which is quite a drive from where I live, but if I’m ever in Austin, I definitely want to go there–especially after seeing some of their yummy cupcake creations! Here’s a look at a few of them…

I like a lot of frosting on my cupcakes, so I know I would love these. If you live in or near Austin, or if you’re there on a visit and craving something sweet, this looks like a good place to try!