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Candacetravels’ 2016 Year In Review

“When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”

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Babe’s Cafe – Brecksville, Ohio

What a year! 2016 doesn’t owe me a thing. Of course it wasn’t perfect, but it was certainly eventful. I gazed across the city of Dallas, TX from 470 ft up in the air, as well as dined on-the-go, spent Valentine’s Day strolling through South Beach in Miami, chased butterflies in Aruba, snorkeled and sampled cactus liqueur in Bonaire, lived like a local in St. Maarten while staying at Alegria, smashed dinner at my favorite spot on the French side, Cynthia’s, in St. Martin, changed planes a few times in CuraΓ§ao (visited there a few years ago,) stood in a ridiculously long security line in Newark, skipped along the cherry blossom filled Tidal Basin in Washington D.C., relaxed like a queen at The Ritz Carlton in Arlington, ate at a cute lil cafe in Eufaula w/my sis, let the ocean breeze blow over me in Panama City, where I saw the most beautiful sunset, chowed down on some delicious food in Atlanta w/a friend, while in between cities, attended the CAVS championship parade in Cleveland, among various other activities, made some new connects in Orlando, caught like a million flights back and forth between FL and OH alllll year long, learned about horticulture in Clermont during my down time, kicked back in Tampa and Clearwater when I wasn’t working, ate the best pumpkin risotto and mushroom sliders in Oslo, where I would happily spend my summers, staying at Scandic Vulkan, danced at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where I celebrated my B-day with friends, prayed inside the gorgeous 100+ year old Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, after eating some yummy paella, spent a few hrs in beautiful Lisbon (which wasn’t long enough,) chilled out in the hot tub in Boston after my flight back to the US, and slept like a baby in Detroit! In the process, I smiled alot, caught a ton of flights βœˆοΈ(approximately 30,) rode on quite a few trains πŸš‰ (too many to remember) and in quite a few cars πŸš˜, (definitely lost count) as well as hit the water on a handful of boats πŸ›₯ (that sounds about right) this past year too -and thanked God all the way thru! πŸ™πŸΎIn the midst of all of this, I met great people, sometimes traveled alone, while at times with others, and always with my favorite items – and wrote about many of my 2016 adventures on/in Candacetravels.com, in Upscale Living Magazine, on A Luxury Travel Blog, in Global Living Magazine and on Black Enterprise.com – I’ve included several links above for you!! Just click to read the full articles or posts. A HUGE THANKS goes out to all of you for your support, and a big thank you to 2016 for a superb Global Expedition that included 7 countries (well technically 8 because St. Maarten and St. Martin are considered two separate countries,) and a host of cities. But… now it’s time to make room for 2017!🏾 Let’s prepare to create some new epic adventures together. Happy New Year everyone!!

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This post includes both sponsored, as well as non-sponsored material. However, the events noted above do recount my actual experiences regardless of post. My goal is to provide you with useful information to make your travel experience as rich as possible.

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6 Comments

  1. Atlanta does have amazing restaurants, right?!? It took me a little by surprise at how every place I’ve eaten on my past two trips there has just been stellar.

    Great round-up on a great year. Cheers!

    • Yes! I lived in Atlanta for over a decade. They definitely have some of my favorite restaurants there- like Radial, The Flying Biscuit, Houston’s, R. Thomas and on and on, lol! I can do a whole food post on Atlanta alone πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds like you had a fantastic year! I love the layout of this post with the links to your posts πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  3. It sounds you have had a rich year with diverse experiences. I would love to get back to Barcelona again. Provided links enrich your post. Thanks for sharing!

    • It was definitely an amazing year, Anita! I hope you get back to Barcelona soon and thank you so much for the kind words. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post.

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