travel

travel: lido key

I travel alone quite a bit. In September I even went to London and Paris for 8 days solo. I think it's an amazing way to clear your head, do what you want, and relax on your own time. My first vacation alone was to a little island off Sarasota called Lido Key. It was 2007-- I had just left my husband, and was in desperate need of some sunshine, solitude, and peace. A friend suggested this little slice of bliss to me and I had an amazing four days. Since then I have returned several times, and have always had a fantastic time. Work has been bananas lately, and I was so looking forward to another trip to Lido. I left last Saturday, two days after my birthday, and was planning a week of laying on the beach and not much else. My first day I arrived at 11am and after checking into my hotel, headed straight for the beach. I paddled around in the Gulf a bit, got some lunch, and slathered on the SPF every couple hours. That night I headed up to St. Armand's Circle-- another tiny island, consisting of a traffic circle and tons of little shops and restaurants. I went into a favorite restaurant for dinner and drinks and took notice of one of the waiters pretty immediately. Lucky for me he happened to notice me too, and we exchanged numbers. He met me at the beach the next day, and we wound up spending the rest of the week together. I had the most amazing time, and did so much more than I would have done had I spent the week alone.

We ate gator...

watched the sunset...

had lunch at the Tiki Bar...

went wine tasting...

had our cake (and ate it too!)...

went to Siesta Key...

and came up with an inside joke or two...

What a happy surprise and bit of serendipity to have met him-- and on my very first day! Super sad to be going home now. Perhaps I can persuade him to visit NYC in the future. Already looking forward to my next Lido trip! x