My family and I just got back from our annual winter vacation to south Florida, one of my most favourite places on earth.
Escaping winter is an absolute necessity for me, because I'm one of those people who really, really cannot understand how we live in these frigid temperatures for so many months every year. It makes me a little... crazy. The cold, the snow, the blowing wind... yes, I do complain about winter a lot, so going somewhere warm and tropical to remember what it feels like to not have to bundle up... to remember what the warmth feels like on my skin... is a must. (I try to enjoy the beauty of winter, and we've gone to Chateau Montebello and Mont Tremblant, and yes, it's beautiful, but um... I've definitely had enough.)
At the end of the day, I am thankful to live in Canada, but I could really do without winter. Eventually, I'd love to make south Florida my home from January to April, every year. I'm nowhere near retirement, though, so please, bear with my winter whining for a little longer.
We had the most fabulous week in Florida at the Westin Diplomat.
The weather was perfection—very hot and sunny every day. We swam all day long in the beautiful pools at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, and took full advantage of the ocean, making sand castles, getting buried in the sand, and collecting sea shells.
It was so wonderful to be back in summer clothes—dresses and flip flops and sandals... it was wonderful to feel warmth on my skin, and to hear the sound of the ocean waves, and to sip tropical drinks with my feet in the sand, and it was mostly wonderful to just be away together, having fun in the sun.
Now, we're back home, and it's not easy getting back into winter mode. I am really looking forward to warmer days again... but until then, vacation memories will have to do.
Thanks again, Westin Diplomat, for making our stay perfection!