Godivaworld Travels

Welcome to Godivaworld Travels!

Home is definitely where the heart is but I admit, often my heart wanders to distant places across this great big world with such a magnetic pull that I am forced to make my way there, anywhere.

Travel for me is not about this new wave of traveling for money (atleast not as yet) or to say “look at me”, for it is more about seeking new experiences and a lifetime of memories; traveling to see just how far out my comfort zone I can go; traveling to live; traveling to explore both the road less traveled and the untapped world behind my eyes, soul, and spirit; ultimately traveling for the sake of taking a journey into myself.

Follow me on my journey and perhaps it will inspire or encourage you to explore this great big world!!

The magic that happens when discovering new places is enough to make me a true wanderlust for the magic that happens internally lends itself tremendously to new and distant places within me.

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Europe, Godivaworld Travels

Cote d’Azur Structures, Sculptures, Sights and Signs 2016

Although this wasn’t my first European Adventure (lol) this was definitely my most entertaining for various and sundry of reasons which I will no doubt blog about at some point but for now…..I will stay on topic.

As I mentioned on a previous instagram post, there’s something to be said for Structures, Sculptures, Sights and Signs when traveling just about anywhere.   I especially love those things you stumble upon when wandering around, be it in your own city or while abroad.

While on my most recent journey to the beautiful Côte d’Azur  a.k.a the French Riviera in January (2016, for my bday *big grin*) there were so many random visual delights, I figured I would just give them their just due in a post all by themselves.  There was everything from Structures to Sculptures to (random) Sights, and Sounds from Nice to Antibes to Cannes to Monaco and the Schiphol Airport where I had a brief layover.

Journey with me out and about in the French Riviera.

Signs are an important part of travel but I personally like capturing them as a form of art.  From Nice to Cannes to Saint-Paul to Monaco, there were more structures, sculptures, and such than I could capture…but here are some my highlights.

Check out some of the signs I crossed paths with during my journey.

Nice (/ˈns/, French pronunciation: ​[nis]; Niçard Occitan: Niça [classical norm] or Nissa [nonstandard], Italian: Nizza or Nizza Marittima,Greek: Νίκαια, Latin: Nicaea) is the fifth most populous city in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse, and it is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département. The urban area of Nice extends beyond the administrative city limits, with a population of about 1 million[1][2] on an area of 721 km2 (278 sq mi).[1] Located in the Côte d’Azur area on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille. Nice is about 8 miles (13 km) from the principality of Monaco, and its airport is a gateway to the principality as well.

There were some interesting images in and around my hotel in Nice (not to mention the hotel itself) including the sculpture in the lobby that I became enamored with each time I passed her (at the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée).

Monte Carlo /ˈmɒnti ˈkɑːrl/ (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmonte ˈkarlo]; French: Monte-Carlo or colloquially Monte-Carl,Monégasque: Monte-Carlu) officially refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located.

There was one day I allowed myself to play tourist and and went on a magical adventure to Saint Paul de Vence in the Alpes Maritimes, southeastern France.  Saint Paul is one of the oldest medieval towns in the French Riviera known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries.

As this is just about Sculptures, Structures, Signs, and such, I’ll stay true to the topic but no doubt will blog about Saint Paul de Vence in a future post.  For now check out these cool sights.

I purposefully left out a pic from Saint-Paul because the hilarity surrounding it was too much to lump in with the others without some context around it.  You kinda had to be there but hopefully you can dig deep into your funny box to see the humor.

Soooo while walking through Saint-Paul with the absolute bestest (yes I said “bestest”) guide EVER, the most randomness events occurred.

FIRST, these pigeons randomly appeared and seemed to be following us along our pathway with the occasional pigeon noise as if to say, “hey there, I’m here too”……

Next, while talking about her cat whom she rescued at one point before making it her own, a black cat appeared out of nowhere just cattin’ along.  Followed by more pigeons perched up high.

FINALLY, I couldn’t help myself and proclaimed, now if I see a horse I am going to just hoist myself up and over this ledge…..Zara our guide says, “oh funny you should say that because Saint-Paul de Vence has a horse…….” and so appeared Horseshoe Horse.

This adventure was everything I could have imagined and more.  Much like life and all its randomness and goodness, I can say my Cote d’Azur adventure was not only a great to start the new year but a representation of all things good/right with my world.

Until the next journey…..always look for the signs!

 

Travel Inspirations, Wanderlusting & Musings

Where to in 2016?

Often my biggest dilemma is “what in the world will I eat today” (either prepared by me or the likes of some fine dining establishment) but the other question is usually “where to next”….

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Honestly, I never really know above and beyond – EVERYWHERE!  Of course my friends and family love to joke and say I’ve been everywhere but in travelworld I haven’t even scratched the surface.  5 of 7 continents isn’t too shabby but considering there’s just under 200 countries, depending on the source, I still have plenty of countries to explore.

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Given that we’ve just welcomed in the month of February and I’ve already checked off 2 countries on my ever-changing list is perhaps a good indicator as to how the rest of my travel year will go (see my European Birthday).  Kicking off the year in the likes of the French Riviera leaves my mind to wandering and planning and plotting and daydreaming about which economy I want to donate a few coins to.

Since my peeps are always asking, I figured I’d take a moment to ponder for myself my 2016 travel list based on what’s been a constant thought.  So far what’s been popping up are the following:

  • Cuba –  Havana, Cojimar, Las Terrazas, Varadero, Cardenas (for obvious reasons)
  • Phuket
  • Australia – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth
  • Marrakech
  • Costa Rica – San José, Tortuguero, Arenal & Monteverde
  • Ecuador – Quito, Cotopaxi, Amazon
  • Cairo and Jordan
  • Boracay, Phillipines
  • Nairobi
  • Turkey – Istanbul and Cappadocia
  • Beijing and Shanghai
  • Mykonos
  • Bali (again….I went in 2014)
  • Mauritius
  • Amalfi Coast

I could go on but we ARE just talking about before the year is out *sigh*!!  So as you can see, EVERYWHERE is pretty much on my list and one by one I throw everything I have to make my list a reality!

Where will you go in 2016 and/or where would you like your journey to take you?

~Godivaworld Travels

 

Europe, La vida Loca, Wanderlusting & Musings

A Cote d’Azur Birthday

Greetings from Monaco on this January 9th at 10 something in the a.m…..which is also the best day of all 366 days this year (leap year this year) because IT’S MY BIRTHDAY 🎉🎁👯💃🏿🎶!!

I don’t think the weather Gods got the memo because it’s a lil overcast with a taste of drizzle here in Monaco!

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I can’t begin to tell you how at peace I am as I enter this new year of 42 of my life (my birthday AND 2016)!  It’s truly an internal peace that comes from knowing I control my own destiny; I don’t require the approval of anyone else for my choices and decisions; I am perfectly fine in the skin I’m in; the opinions of others of me is none of my business and therefore I focus on LIVING fully every single day for myself in order to ensure I have lived my BEST life.

This “Journey to my birthday” has been all about self, unabashedly selfish, solely about my needs, wants, and desires mentally, visually and spiritually. 

I visualized this journey a few months ago but without specifics and as the power of mind goes that which we think and truly visualize will materialize (good, bad, and otherwise).


As much as I enjoy traveling with and creating moments/memories with others I needed to do this with no disruptions nor interferences.  So it was designed as my solo getaway to reset, detox, and be all about self.   
There was little communication and not a single invitation extended (although a dear friend of mine invited themselves lol but totally understood and respected my vision…more on that in a later post).  I’m glad I made the decision to be one with myself on this voyage to 42!

As I wrap up this journey here in the French Riviera I will leave with a continued sense of gratitude for all things, moments and experiences; with a continued zest to explore every nook and cranny of this great big world; with a passion to continue to be the best me I can possibly be while hopefully inspiring others to do the same!

For you I say get out of your own way and go for what you want, live your best life and strive to do something that scares you even a little bit for it will be the catalyst to enable you to experience things you’ve only dreamed!

 

Steps of Cannes Film Festival
Hellllloooooo 42 and Happy 2016 to all of you!

~ Godivaworldtravels

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Travel Inspirations, Travels Gone by, Wanderlusting & Musings

I haven’t been everywhere, but……

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True.  I haven’t been everywhere, however I must admit EVERYWHERE is pretty much on my list.  Now my friends and family love to joke and say “well where haven’t you been” lol!

It’s funny (to me) how some people upon hearing my adventures will sometimes make a ‘negative’ comment such as “why would you wanna go there” or “I wouldn’t go there” which always signals (to me) someone who is misinformed, closed-minded, or otherwise not a “traveler” in the true sense of the word.

With the exception of Antarctica, (1 of the 7 continents of which 5 I have stepped foot on…..see my “A Wanderlust Past“) there aren’t too many places that I would just turn my nose up to.  For me, nearly every destination is an opportunity to explore new territory and hopefully learn something new about the world and in the process myself.

If I was granted one wish, besides winning the largest Mega Millions lottery EVER and world peace, I would use my wish to give folks a more open mind to travel and exploring the world so they could see just how much it expands your entire being (and ultimately your perspective on the world and the people in it).  It’s like an awakening when you explore, not just ‘vacation’ but really explore and wander about in a foreign land (foreign as in – unfamiliar territory).

Go forth and explore or atleast start by dreaming of places to explore and you never know, the universe may just clear the path so that you can make it happen!!

~ Travel Well ~

La vida Loca, Worldly Treats & Eats

Catamaran Lobster Lunch Experience – Antigua

As if Antigua wasn’t beautiful enough.

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How bout lobster…..on a Catamaran……sailing the beautiful seas in Antigua!  Such was my sensory pleasing experience on March 25th, 2015.  The lobster was accompanied by rice ‘n’ beans and a vegetable medley seasoned just right.  Nothing better than that fresh off the grill taste with a touch of ocean breeze sprinkled about.

  With the exception of me watching my favorite tennis hat from Bali fly clean off my head and into the blues seas near Jolly Beach, the Catamaran Lobster Lunch was such a wonderful experience!  Even I was gifted that hat during my birthday adventure to Bali in 2014 from the staff at the villa I stayed in, I know that it will be at peace amongst the beautiful blue waters of Antigua (oh to be that hat).

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For my white hat (below) from the staff at the Mahagiri Villas Dreamland in Bali (circa 2014).

Back to the Catamaran and Lobster……..

Did I mention the free flowing cocktails oh my!  LOL!

If you are ever in Antigua, please check out the Catamaran Lobster Lunch outing…..perhaps the one time I didn’t mind acting like a tourist.

Travel Well!!

Godivaworld Travels

 

Asia, Godivaworld Travels

A Bali Birthday!

It’s Sunday, January 5th and our journey to Bali began with the flight from LAX to the Asian hub in Taipei, Taiwan…a mere 10+ hour flight followed by the 6 hour flight to Bali from Taipei! This would be the first of about 7 flights for me during this journey for my 40th birthday.

 

The Arrival – Day 1 (January 7th)

As Bali is 16 hours ahead of LAX (our departure location), we left on Sunday and arrived on Tuesday, January 7th local time.  First, was the shock as we emerged from a long line in customs to what felt like 900 smoldering degrees outside.  There were a sea of drivers with cards of names in which I was trying my best to search through for my own name.  I was slightly overwhelmed to say the least but eventually found the driver with my name.  After telling the 2 drivers that it would just be us vs the 6+ that were anticipated, we piled into the air conditioned vehicle ready to start our adventure.

First thing we noticed were all the scooters, motorbikes on the road not to mention the driving being totally opposite of that in the Western world.  Our driver – Gusti took us to a little restaurant enroute to our villa which was our first intro to Bali.

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So when I first started planning and even before I chose Bali, I knew that I wanted to rent a villa just to add to this once in a lifetime experience and intro to 40.  Let me say, this villa did NOT disappoint!  It was just what I envisioned and then some.  It would have been the perfect accommodation for the larger group that originally planned to partake in this journey.  It was a 3000+ sq ft 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom, living room, kitchen, private pool villa in South Kuta, Bali (Indonesia).  The pictures really don’t do it justice as you would probably think it’s the entire property but really it’s an individual villa (#104 was our Villa #), spacious and uber private.

Before the trip I came across the spa packages, all of which were to DIE for which included a 6-day Body Purification that was the equivalent to the cost of 1 spa treatment here in the US.  Of course I had to snag that for us as my way of saying thanks….and it was pure HEAVEN each and every day.  By the 3rd day though it was just too much so we opted not to do our 2 sessions that day as we were (believe it or not) “massaged-out” lol!  Did I tell you the showers were outside?  It was the most liberating thing EVER….once I got past the idea of bugs and snakes trying to snack on my nekkedness lol!

In and around Bali

So I left the schedule kinda open to ensure I didn’t wear myself out which I tend to do alot when I travel, however I did have a few things in mind that I either wanted to do or see to include both a temple or 2 and riding the elephants – both of which we were able to accomplish.  The first couple days were more or less just exploring and figuring things out.  The only constant was probably our appetite and my cocktail intake which after all it was a Sssselebration lol!  We were ready to eat even before we finished the meal we were eating which made us crack up each and every time. Because the language was totally foreign to us, we also found comedy in randomly calling out food when someone spoke in their native tongue…..then again we were always talking bout, looking for, ordering, and partaking in food.  Indonesian food put you in mind of Thai cuisines, lots of rices and spices.  The local beer and alcohol was “Bintang” and “Arak” respectfully however I traveled with my own favorite – “Ciroc” peach and regular lol!

Transportation was interesting and thankfully the villa provided a driver which was really convenient for us not to mention he was soooo friendly and cool!  Given the 200+ million people in Indonesia and 4 + million in Bali alone, it’s no wonder that the major transportation method was scooters/motorbikes and they were EVERYWHERE!  I believe I died every time we went somewhere because these bikes were all over the road with babies, 2 and 3 people on one, helmets no helmets, dodging in between cars etc.  I just had to close my eyes a few times while saying “I’m bout to die” which of course didn’t happen lol!

My BIRTHDAY!!!!!! January 9th came in and brought with it a lil present by way of a lil cold but I was NOT going to allow a little bit of a cold to in any wreck my special day.  On this day, I went to the Bali Zoo and did an elephant adventure; we went to see Uluwatu Temple – Kecak Dance which was pretty spectacular; finally ending with my Jimbaran Bay Seafood Birthday dinner on the beach.  Lucky for me, with the 12 hour difference I was able to not only celebrate my milestone birthday in a major way but to recognize it TWICE – Bali time and 12 hours later U.S ET.

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All in all I’d say we did what we wanted, played tourist, relaxed, ate, turned up a little, and over all had a fantastic time.