Half Time: Summer ’17

Summer is half way over and it’s been quite eventful. Take a look at my photo gallery to get the picture.

 


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America’s Cup Bermuda

What’s the America’s Cup? That’s the same question I had in 2014 when Bermuda was announced as the location for its 35th World Series event which took place this summer. For over 150 years, international sailing teams have been competing for possession of the exclusive Americas Cup trophy – an immaculate figure made of silver which isn’t to be touched by bare hands. It travels in its own Luis Vuitton case and is normally handled with care by two guards wearing white gloves.

 

The America’s Cup Village (AC) opened up in June where hundreds of spectators watched a series of sailing regattas for about one month, while participating in some of the attractions the village had to offer. There were specially themed days like women’s day, and concerts featuring artists like NeYo and Kes. The event was covered nationally by NBC Sports.

My time in the AC village was well spent – visiting the Bermuda tourism booth where I graciously received a Rum Swizzle flavored lip balm, sitting comfortably under an umbrella on an extremely comfortable bean bag chair on blue turf and enjoying a cool bubbly beverage at the Moet bar.

In the end, Oracle TeamUSA was defeated by Team New Zealand – where the trophy finds its new home. For more about the AC and coverage in Bermuda visit https://www.americascup.com/en/home.html

 

Chicago, Oh?!

My first trip to downtown Chicago was filling to say the least. My good friend @thankUforfoodz (Twitter) made sure that I indulged in the Chicago classics including stuffed pizza from Giordanno’s and the Chicago style hot dog from Portillos.
We even did a walk through of Eataly and grabbed a snack at the newly opened Latinicity.

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Latinicity, wall art.
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Grab and Go: Chicago Style Hot Dog & Onion Rings

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What’s a visit to downtown Chicago without a stroll around the Millennium Park? It’s a great atmosphere with lots to take in. I made the mistake of going to the Art Institute of Chicago mid-day when I should’ve gone first thing in the morning. There was so much to see. I took in all that I could and was exhausted by the end of it but not too exhausted for the next adventure of looking for Coco’s Deep Fried Lobster. Just as I arrived, someone had placed a huge order of the  lobster and didn’t leave any for me. So, without disappointment, I ordered fried shrimp, fish, collard greens and french fries to share with @thankUforfoodz.

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Staring at The Bean

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On the way to Coco’s I stumbled upon Merz Apothecary full of an assortment of natural soaps and products. My excitement for natural soaps has become a real thing. Especially after finding the cutest soap made in Germany in the shape of an angel. It doesn’t last long but the scent is amazing and worth the short time spent together. The Apothecary is also where I discovered Olbas Natural Nasal Inhaler, for my unruly sinuses. Soothing and provides temporary relief, it doesn’t leave my purse.

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from the snapchat @one_mille
Angel Soap
Heavenly scented Angel Soap

 

We caught an improv Shakespeare show at the iO Theater where many comedic legends have performed. The show was hilarious. I was impressed with how well the actors worked together and came up with jokes- in Shakespeare.

After a member of the audience suggested Blockbuster as the theme for the entire show, the moral of the story was  Don’t be Blockbuster, be Netflix! (Let’s be real, nothing was wrong with Blockbuster back when. It had its day, but now Netflix owns the meaning of chill).

On top of all of the sightseeing and eating, my dear friend @thankUforfoodz hosted a Game of Thrones dinner party. She made jambalaya, cornbread, salad and rice. Her friends came over with dessert (the best assortment of frozen yogurt I’ve ever had. Ever.), wine and other munchies. Real #GOT fans can get together anywhere and bond over theories and jaw dropping moments from previous episodes.

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Chicago nightlife with @thankUforfoodz Besties since the 8th grade

This city has so much to see…and eat. I have to get back for more experiences.

 

Heydon Trust Park & Chapel

During an unplanned exploration of Sandy’s parish today, I toured the grounds of the Heydon Trust. On the 43 acres of property you will find the smallest chapel in Bermuda, built in the early 1600s.  The property is an area of interest for avid bird watchers and has beautiful landscaping with an array of flowers and trees throughout.

Small and historic, the church still hosts services Mon. – Fri.

The grounds are peaceful and scenic with an ocean view near the Chapel.

A perfect retreat to clear your mind or take a peaceful walking tour for exercise.

It’s open to the public Mon. – Sat.

 

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*Bermuda-Attractions.com

New to N.O.L.A.

My first visit to New Orleans last month explained why people have found reasons to go back. After the latest girls trip with my besties, I’m pretty sure I’ll find a a reason to venture back to ‘NOLA.’ The number one reason? FOOD! Not a surprise right? Most people will tell you how great the food is in this southern city, but you really can’t appreciate it until you experience it for yourself. I can’t say that I was disappointed in not one dish – there were many. With all the restaurants to choose from, it’s hard  to decide which to try in a small amount of time. Let’s not forget ‘speciality beverages.’ How could I go to NOLA and not try a Hurricane?! Trust me when I say, one was enough.

From live bands in the French Quarter to the infamous bustling on Bourbon Street, New Orleans is a stateside visit that has enough excitement during the day or night.

 

 

 

Places visited:

The Moxy Hotel

Court of Two Sister’s – Jazz Brunch

Steamboat Natchez

Emeril’s

ACME Oyster House (not pictured above)

 

Update Weather Watch: Bermuda

Tropical Storm Karl is moving away from Bermuda after thunderstorms began around 3:30 a.m. 

Weather remains windy with choppy waters. 

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Video taken at 9:30 a.m.

Video taken at Noon.



Friday, Sept. 23 –
Bermuda has seen rain on and off throughout the week and is expecting to see more as storm Karl heads this way. Karl could strengthen to a hurricane by tomorrow.See further updates from Accuweather.

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