Friends, it’s finally fall! Houston can be finicky when it comes to weather but the mornings have been cool and calming — and it’s a very welcomed change from the hot, humid summery months. I kind of can’t believe that the month of September came and went without us posting a single thing on the blog (eeek, sorry about that!) but I am feeling the itch to share so many things, starting with my last big shebang of the summer.
It’s no secret that I love to travel. Although I’m not a fan of the packing or security lines or flight delays and what not, the excitement I feel for getting away and exploring new places is pretty special. And I don’t take it for granted by any means. I’m thankful to be able to visit cities and countries around the world, seeing the sights, tasting the cuisines and learning about new cultures. I love the freedom that comes with traveling — and I’m also a big believer in disconnecting from reality while I’m away, too.
If you follow along on Instagram (me or Ruthie & Rose), then you likely saw a few recent snapshots of the Puerto Rican sunshine. Puerto Rico is a place I’ve long wanted to visit — so when we decided to plan our tropical babymoon, Puerto Rico was at the top of the list. I can’t even begin to describe how magical Puerto Rico is but gosh darn it, I’m sure gonna try!
First and foremost, my #1 rule when it comes to travel is disconnecting. Now granted, I did post a few pics but I didn’t check email or Facebook or anything — and it was absolutely, positively amazing. I was able to focus on me, my husband, our little growing baby and feel connected to what really matters most. And it made me appreciate life in the moment so much more.
For those of you who have Puerto Rico on your travel bucket lists, here’s a quick recap of what we did for this first leg of our babymoon journey.
We stayed at a GORGEOUS hotel fit for a king and queen (or mama and daddy). They treat you like you walk on water and I can’t complain about that! After a complimentary upgrade to a beautiful suite complete with ocean views, wrap-around balcony and plenty of room to relax, it was clear that we made the right hotel choice. We enjoyed the hotel’s many amenities including the divine spa, where I indulged in a much-needed “mommy to be” massage which was easily one of the best highlights from our 12-day trip.
Some of the other highlights to mention from our time in San Juan:
– Dinner at Budatai. Located just a block from Condado Beach, this place is fantastic! Ask for a table by the window and you’ll have great views while enjoying some of the best food you’ll find in this part of town. While this isn’t your typical Thai food, it’s a really great fusion of Asian flavors that will leave you full and happy. Be sure to order the pork belly sliders with salted caramel sauce… HOLY MOLY.
– Lunch at Aji Dulce. If you’re looking for authentic Puerto Rican food, this spot is just the ticket. Think of it as a homecooked meal by grandma. Yes, every single item is made to order — and it’s a perfect place to stop in for lunch while you’re checking out Old San Juan. Try everything!
– Speaking of Old San Juan, there are two forts within walking distance of each other that have some of the most magnificent ocean views we saw in San Juan. Because we went in the summer heat and I couldn’t really commit to anything too strenuous, we opted for one of the two forts: Castillo San Felipe del Morro. I’m not a huge history buff and frankly, this was more up my husband’s alley, but this fort is more than 500 years old and provides a real glimpse into the rich history of the island.
Of course, we also spent a lot of time on the beach and enjoyed some serious downtime too. Our 4 days in San Juan were a wonderful start to the trip… Stay tuned for part 2 of our babymoon, coming soon!