Honolulu Aston Waikiki

Hotel Review: Honolulu, Aston Waikiki Beach

Hotel Review for Aston Waikiki Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

As I flight attendant, I stay in hundreds of hotels, so I’ll admit, I have high expectations. So I’m always excited to let my fellow travelers in on what I think about the places I’m staying.

Flight Attendant Tip: Don’t forget, if you’re flying to the island (and you probably are), Alaska Airlines has a complimentary Mai Tai service to get you ready for your exotic vacay!

Honolulu, especially the Waikiki Beach area, hosts thousands of tourists every day. Hawaii is an idyllic vacation and I always say that Honolulu is for Hawaii beginners. What do I mean by that? The Hawaiian islands all have unique characteristics that make them special, whether your plan is to venture around volcanos, hike to waterfalls, or lay on the beach with your lover all day long, each Hawaiian island is sure to please. The island of Oahu, has a little something for everyone and is a great starting point for Hawaii newbies. Is it my favorite island? Not by a long shot. Is Honolulu my favorite Hawaiian getaway? No way. Is Honolulu amazing and do I tell everyone to go there? Yes!

 

Where to Stay and what will it cost me?

 

An arm and a leg. Sad, but true, almost every hotel in the Waikiki area is expensive year round. That’s because there really is no high and low season for Hawaii. This is because like Paris, Hawaii is always a good idea! Although it’s expensive to stay in Waikiki, I do think it’s important for first time visitors to experience the Waikiki area. This is because it’s easy to navigate on foot. Due to of all the tourists, Waikiki has a lot of the beautiful, sometimes cheesy things that first time visitors look for, whether it’s free hula dancing shows or fire dancers in the park, you’ll never run out of fun things to do. Including hustlers trying to throw fliers into your hands for the tour excursion they’re selling. They’ll promise you it’s the best deal, but be wary. But I digress…onto our featured accommodation.

 

Aston Waikiki Beach

 

Ocean view rooms start at a little over $200, unless you get lucky with a crew special (which often are sold out). It’s located right on Kalakaua avenue, which hosts many restaurants, hotels and shops and more importantly, it’s right across from the beach. Even better for families, the beach in front of the Aston Waikiki has a barrier to block the waves, creating a protected ocean pool to swim.

 

Honolulu Waikiki Beach

What I liked about the hotel

 

For the price (because $200 for an ocean view in Waikiki is actually pretty decent), the view is amazing. I love that the room I had on the forward right side of the building had a sweeping view of the entire avenue and beach front. I’ve been centrally located before, facing forward and it’s a gorgeous view, but I think I favor this one. I love that this hotel is located down at the end of the main drag because it’s a little less crowded and a little more quiet. Also, I feel like admitting this is cheesy, but I liked the restaurant/bar at the hotel. It’s an indoor/outdoor tiki bar that faces the ocean so it’s got a great view. It also has fun drinks, yummy food and entertainment in the evening. I would definitely go back to that tiki bar even when I’m not staying there. It’s called Tiki’s Bar and Grill.

The beds and amenities were good/average.

 

 

Honolulu Aston Waikiki

 View from my room

 Honolulu Aston Waikiki

What I didn’t like

 

The pool was very lackluster. Honestly, that’s not a huge deal to me because when I’m in Hawaii I prefer to be on the beach anyway. If you are a pool person, probably pass on this hotel. The pool is a bit old school, small and always filled with kids. Not very many places to lay out in the sun. I didn’t have many complaints about the hotel, but if I had to come up with something else, it’s that it didn’t have a very Hawaiian feel about it. Some hotels in Waikiki go above and beyond with gorgeous fragrant flora and pineapple juice upon arrival and this hotel didn’t really give me that same welcome to Hawaii feel. The view from the balcony was great, but I guess I should mention that it was a bit small compared to other Honolulu hotels such as the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. But that’ll cost a bit more.

Bottom line: The Aston Waikiki is a great hotel, not my favorite in Honolulu, but a solid choice. No matter where you stay, make sure you have an ocean view. It makes waking up all the more magical. At the end of the day, anywhere you stay in Hawaii will be brilliant, because it’s an amazing place.

Happy traveling.

XOXO

The Luv AviatrixThe Luv Aviatrix in Honolulu

 

Ko Phi Phi Ley

Ko Phi Phi, Thailand. Paradise or Overrated?

 

Koh Phi Phi

I am going to assert myself here (and get some backlash I’m sure) and state that Ko Phi Phi, Thailand is paradise! Feel free to disagree with me in the comment section. But for those of you less familiar with the Ko Phi Phi islands, let me give you the run down on one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand.

 

Ko Phi Phi is actually made up of several islands, most famously Ko Phi Phi Ley and Ko Phi Phi Don. It’s been spelled many different ways. While I saw it spelled Koh Phi Phi more while I was in Thailand, it seems like most tourists spell it Ko Phi Phi, so for the sake of continuity, that’s how I’ll spell it throughout this post. For Thailand newbies, the “H” in Phi Phi is silent, same with other destinations in southern Thailand such as Phuket. It’s pronounced “Poo-ket”.

 

Ko Phi Phi Ley is the more famous island, known for Maya Bay, featured in the Leo Dicaprio movie, The Island. In the movie, a group of travelers set up a community on a secluded, perfect island…and the bay in indeed, majestic. See for yourself, my unfiltered pictures from my last visit.

 

 

Ko Phi Phi Ley

 

 

ko phi phi longboats

 

Looks perfect, right? Almost like I’m the only person on this amazing island…

Wrong!

 

 

Busy Kho Phi Phi Ley Thailand

I couldn’t even get a picture of the “Koh Phi Phi” sign without a speedo-wearing tourist! Tee-hee…

Tourists Maya Bay, Kho Phi Phi Ley Thailand

 

 

Too many tourists or is it travel bucket list destination?

 

This is where travelers have very distinct opinions about Ko Phi Phi’s Maya Bay. It’s amazingly beautiful, no one is disputing that, but is the influx or tourists too much to be able to appreciate that beauty? Personally, I don’t think so. As you can tell, it was very crowded, but not too insane that I couldn’t get many pictures without any other people in them. I’ll post one of my fav instagram shots below.

If you want to see this beautiful place for yourself, I think you just need to go into Maya Bay knowing there will be a TON of tourists. If you’re expecting that, you won’t be disappointed. You just have to take it for what it is, a stunning place that everyone wants to see. The good news is, in my humble opinion, that the tourists weren’t annoying. Everyone was there for the simple reason of enjoying the beauty of the bay. There are no cheesy bars or any gimmicks on the island. The draw is the crystalline, azure waters and the towering, lush mountains framing the bay.

The Luv Aviatrix in Ko Phi Ph, Thailandi
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Do I think it needs to be on your travel bucket list? No. I think that the islands of South Thailand DO need to be on your travel bucket list, but not these islands specifically because of the large amount of tourists. I would actually avoid Phuket and the touristy islands if you only have a short amount of time or will only be going to Thailand once. Visit the southern isles of Thailand for the more relaxed beauty if you’re trying to check off items on your bucket list.

 

In a nutshell: Girls trip, yeah visit chaotic, but fun Phuket and Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi. Honeymoon, try a more secluded island such as Krabi, Ko Samui, Ko Tao or any of the smaller more off the beaten path islands in the gorgeous southern waters.

Happy Traveling!

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

 

Bad Traveler: A Book Review

 

Everyone loves a good in-flight read for their long plane ride. I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of Lola Karns’ romance, Bad Traveler, for an honest review. Please note, affiliate links are included within this post.

 

Book Review

Bad Traveler by Lola Karns

 

Bad TravelerBlurb Copied from Back of Book:

Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma mater’s newest coach?

Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When he runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.

 

 

What I Liked

 

I liked that anyone can relate to these characters. I don’t have kids and yet Gwen was still someone I identified with. She’s just so average, but in a really great way. Often books build characters into these perfect, unrealistic icons, but Gwen is a heroine that everyone can root for . Of course, Kyle is the same, everyone is going to root for an injured veteran. I also enjoyed the baking aspect and the realism of starting of starting a new business and moving back home, like Gwen does.

 

What I Didn’t Like

 

I thoroughly enjoyed 95% of the book, but I won’t lie, I was disappointed in the ending. What I really enjoyed throughout the book was the simple realism, that still managed to be very readable, I couldn’t put the book down. The ending has a twist (which I won’t give away) but to me it just seemed very sudden and forced. I just thought it was an external conflict we didn’t need versus focusing on the internal conflict between them. The last line (I won’t give that away either) was a line from a very famous book from an author that I’m a huge fan of, so I just thought it was disappointing not to have an original line that was unique to the two characters in the book versus something so well known to end Gwen and Kyle’s story.

 

Final Verdict

It was less of a travel story than I thought it was going to be, but I still really enjoyed it. I read it in two days so it’s definitely very readable. I recommend this book to anyone that likes small-town romances or any new mom themed reads. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the ending, I think that most people probably will like the twist of action.

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Find more great reads and visit Lola Karns at her website!

 

Happy Reading!

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

Pinterest: The Basics of Marketing

 

Besides being a professional jetsetter, I also love to write. I don’t so much love to market those books I have published, but it’s a necessary evil. Marketing feels like so much work when I’d rather be writing or traveling. I know many of my fellow published authors feel the same. Endless hours spent on facebook and twitter and for what? A few followers that facebook won’t even reach unless you pay? That’s right facebook, I’m pointing an angry finger at you. But I digress…

 

Why Pinterest Sucks Way Less!

 

So, I’ve always been on Pinterest because when I’m bored, it’s so fun and easy to just scroll through things without much commitment. Waiting for a plane to board, waiting on a delay, trying to ignore the person sitting way too close to me in the floating sardine can…Pinterest is a wonderful diversion! It’s so easy to pin images and save it’s content for a read later. And then I realized how this applied to marketing my books. I read a few blog entries, like this one, (found on Pinterest) that talked about how almost all their traffic comes from Pinterest, and I decided to try some of these tactics myself. It’s only my one week blogoversary and I’m impressed with my stats. They’re lackluster compared to bloggers that have been around a while of course, but it’s only week one and I’m already getting more daily views than the website I’ve had on Wix for three years. Now, I’m not talking thousands of daily views. But yesterday, I didn’t do any social media and I still got sixteen hits. My Wix site got zero. Today morning as of 1PM I have already gotten thirteen views and ten of those were via Pinterest, the other  being search engine referrals. Not earthshattering statistics, but seeing the amount of traffic that comes from Pinterest on a daily versus twitter and facebook leads me to believe that if I’m going to invest any time on social media marketing (free) it should be on Pinterest.

 

Every pin should link to your content

(Blog post, amazon buy link, ect.)

Make sure the image that your pinning is eye catching.

Text also helps as a call to action. (Example: Click for a steamy excerpt)

Make sure keywords are always in your description.

Keywords related to your pin will make the pinned image more searchable.

Pin and Repin.

Group boards are a great way to do more of this, which is important, because it’s one of the ways that Pinterest decides which pins to circulate more frequently and to which audiences to refer to.

 

How to Create or Edit a Pin

 

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Pinterest Tips

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From there, it’s easy. Just 4 Steps 🙂

 

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1. Upload a pin image via your website or computer. (I recommend website unless you create a custom image with text)
2. If via website, input blog or website URL
3. Choose the image to pin from your website
4. Choose which board to pin to

 

Voila! You’ve created a marketable pin!

Here  example of Pins I created to point to this blog to get you inspired.

Love Eternally Book Review            Yosemite Day Hike                  Cinque Terre

 

Follow me on Pinterest for travel and romance pins 🙂

 

Happy Pinning

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

 

 

Flight Attendant

So You Want to Get Hired as a Flight Attendant? Join the LUV Crew, SWA is Hiring!

Flight AttendantGetting hired at an airline as a flight attendant is more difficult than getting into Harvard these days. It’s true, you can google it😉 Not because you need a 4.5 GPA, but because everyone wants the damn job. Why? Because it’s amazing and unique (more about that later). When I applied to be a Flight Attendant at Southwest airlines, so many people applied in the first two hours that the system crashed and the hiring pool was cut short. In two hours, Southwest had over ten thousand flight attendant applicants, and anyone who hadn’t gotten their resume in when the window first opened was out of luck.

Now it’s open again and it’s YOUR TURN to apply! Southwest learned that by leaving the window open for two days, applicants might feel less rushed to apply, flooding the system all at once as in the past. So if you’ve ever dreamed of being a flight attendant for (in my humble opinion) the best airline to work for, now is your chance to get in a resume.

 

Why Does Everyone Want This Job?

 

1. Flexibility – You choose your schedule. Even if you don’t get the schedule you want at first, flight attendants have the ability to manipulate their schedule. We’re talking days of week worked, AM versus PM, and how much someone actually wants to work. Do you want to make a boat load of money and be in a different city every night, then maybe you want to fly six days a week. Or maybe you want to work three days on and then have four off? Or maybe you want to work two weeks at the beginning of the month and have the rest of the month off? The possibilities are endless.

 

2. Be Your Own Boss – Although we have bosses, on the plane, we are in charge. We have safety and customer service guidelines to follow, but no one is breathing down our neck or backseat driving how we go about things. You are the one on the aircraft and YOU are being trusted to make good decisions. Basically, you’re only going to hear from your “boss” if you do something very wrong and either passengers or flight crew have reported you. This had never been a problem in my career, because honestly, as long as you love your job, you will DO a good job.

 

3. Is it Really Work if You’re Sitting Poolside Drinking Margaritas? – What better reason to be a flight attendant IMG_2865.JPGthan for fun layovers in cool places. Even places you never thought would be cool, might end up being your favorite new getaway. I promise you, especially as LUV Crew (aka Southwest Airlines Crew) we find a way to have an amazing time even in the tiniest of towns. Or of course you can bid to spend the night at a resort in Aruba or something. That works too. Want to go zip lining in Costa Rica? No problemo.

 

4. The Actual Work Part isn’t bad either – Especially if you have a fun crew (and Cohearts didn’t get that name for just any reason) work doesn’t feel like work. It feels like you’re hanging out with cool, fun people. And the passengers are invited to the party.🙂 Long flights are fun because you have a chance to hear different stories and meet super unique people. Hell, you might even meet the love of your life, I know a couple of my friends did. The hours can be long and very physical as we are often on our feet, but they don’t always feel long.

 

5. Every Day is Different – This is one of the things I love most. You never know what to expect from this job. What customers you’ll meet, what crew members you might fly with that become your new best friend. Maybe you’ll get to throw an inflight-party for a passenger that’s celebrating a birthday. Maybe you pop some champagne for newlyweds.  Maybe you’re supposed to spend the night in snowy New York, but end up diverting to sunny, Florida and spend your layover basking on a beach. Every day is different. Every day is a story.

Um…and did I mention the travel benefits? Go anywhere in the world for free! Well…sometimes you have to pay airport taxes😉 Check out some of my travel/nonrev posts about great destination like Scotland, Bermuda and St. Martin, to hear how much I paid, what routes I flew and how much fun I had taking advantage of my benefits, because that can be you!swa jet

Do you have a winning smile and personality? The courage the be the last line of defense in the sky? The quick-thinking and action to save a life in a medical emergency? As long as you have the desire and positive attitude, the airline can teach you the rest. Apply now and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

 

What to Expect?

If your resume is chosen for the flight attendant position, you’ll next get a phone interview. If that goes well and they think you’re Southwest Flight Attendant material, you’ll be invited to an in-person interview.

If you get called to the in-person interview (usually it’s two on one) then you’re basically in. Show up on time (way early), look sharp in your slacks or pencil skirt, and be your charming self. This in person interview is where they’ve already vetted you out by your resume, now they just want to make sure you’re the kind of person they’d look forward to working with. 🙂

Alright, now stop wasting time and get your interview in before the window closes, it won’t be long. Get that seniority!😉

Visit this link here to apply and don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with my latest travels and keep inspired about your next getaway.

 

*update* SWA has closed it’s window and are beginning to call applicants back. Good luck 🙂

 

Good Luck and Keep In Touch

 XOXO

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Book Review: Love, Eternally by Morgan O’Neill (A Roman Time Travel Romance)

Anyone that follow my blog knows that I love Italy. Not just the food (although, it’s been a worthy adversary to my waistline), but also the history. Don’t have an Italian vacation yet? Check out last weeks post on Cinque Terre to get inspired. Whether I’m getting in the mood for my next vacation, or simply craving to be transported, travel books or destination themed reads are always a go-to. The book I’m going to review today takes place in Italy, a romance where our heroine is from modern time and is transported to ancient Rome.

 

Love Eternally Book ReviewAbout the Book

 

A witch’s ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.

 

But is the book any good?

 

*I was gifted a copy from the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. This blog includes affiliate links, which means the humble, starving writer gets a small commission for purchases made on the site.*

 

My Humble Opinion

 

Yes. I read the book in two days so obviously it can’t be too terrible. 😉 The heroine from Love, Eternally was instantly likeable to me because she’s a musician, a flutist. To me, music is everything so I have so much respect and love for musicians. Author O’Neill is a master of transcending the ages, taking us from a witty 21st century dialogue in the early chapter, to a much more serious, dark time in Rome’s history. The author truly succeeds in transporting the reader to another age. I enjoyed some history in the plot, without being overwhelmed by details. The hero, Magnus, for all you romance-fans out there, is honorable and alpha-he’s a soldier after all, and I’m sure leaves all the Love, Eternally readers thoroughly satisfied. The storyline is action-packed which was why I couldn’t put the book down.

 

What I Liked Most

The secondary characters were so vivid, I found myself rooting for the ones I loved. I won’t go into too much details to avoid spoilers, but trust me, the story is full of great characters. Author O’Neill even left me craving some hunky Visigoths (You’ll know when you read the book). I’m so excited to read the next book, After The Fall and I think I’ll love it even more than the first book! O’Neill is adept are weaving a well-rounded plot that goes beyond just the main two characters.

 

What I Didn’t Like

In Love, Eternally, the heroine is transported to Ancient Rome and of course, no one speaks English. In the book, it seemed like overnight she was fluent in Latin. I get that it’s just a book and she needed to be able to speak to the hero, but it just removed me a bit because I was like wait, all of the sudden she speaks perfect Latin? I think that their bond could have been just as strong with a language barrier. One author that I’ve seen do this really well is Kresley Cole. In her book, Demon From the Dark, her main characters speak different languages, and her ability to bring the characters together really affected me. Because the bond went beyond words.

 

Final Verdict

This book is a must-read is you’re planning an Italian getaway. It’s an easy, enjoyable read that will transport you to another country in another age. Fans of time-travel romances such as the Outlander series will gobble this series right up and I’m sure O’Neill has a slew of fans in this vein. She definitely has one in me! Off to read the next book in the series, After The Fall!

 

Scroll down for links to grab these great reads for your self 🙂 Learn more about the author at her website!

 

Happy Reading

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

Get the series…

 

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Return to Me (Book Three of the Roman Time Travel Series 3) (Kindle Edition)


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If you like sexy romans, don’t forget to check out my book, Gods and Gladiators 🙂

 

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Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, My Fav Italian Getaway

Cinque Terre

Why Cinque Terre, Italy needs to be on your travel bucket list…

 

Imagine the primordial Ligurian cliffs towering three thousand feet over the Italian Riviera, the pale rock, shining in the sun. Now picture the turquoise waters of the famous Riviera stretching out in the distance, marred only by the tiny glittering reflections of Italian sunshine. Sounds idyllic, right? Add to that amazing landscape, hundred-year old, brightly colored homes built along the cliffs and you have a picture that more resembles more of skittles spilled onto rocks that a present day city. When you are walking the cobblestone streets of Cinque Terre, passing locals selling homemade Limoncello or fresh caught sardines, you have no choice but to be transported.

 

Manarola, Cinque Terre

 

 

Getting to Cinque Terre by Air:

 

     Milan (MXP) is my go-to because it’s close in proximity to Cinque Terre

By Train From Milan: Only about two and a half to three hours by train and you’re at La Spezia, the landing point for Cinque Terre. Train tickets will cost between 9-25 Euros depending on train type. Once you’re in full-on prep mode, check out time tables at TrenItalia.

     Rome (FCO) is a solid choice if you have more time cinque polaroid textand want to see more of Italy.

By Train from Rome: Expect a three and a half or four and a half hour ride, there are some trains that do the trip pretty fast, but it’ll cost more.

No matter where you decide to take the train from, all visits to Cinque Terre begin at La Spezia. Think of La Spezia as the landing of Cinque Terre. You can choose to stay here, but I much prefer to immerse myself amongth the “Five Lands” of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterroso.

 

   Don’t leave Cinque Terre without…

 

Hiking between the five villages of Cinque Terre

My first visit to Cinque Terre was in 2006 and I never took the train once I’d arrived in the first stop from La Spezia. I hiked between every village, working off the fresh pesto I’d consumed with glee. Hiking between the villages through olive groves and along cliffs overlooking the azure waters of the Riviera was hardly a chore. Hands down, I think this Cinque Terre hiking itinerary needs to be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Unfortunately, in 2011 there was massive flooding in the area and much of the hiking routes were damaged and is still recovering. Don’t let this stop you from visiting, but definitely check for updates on the popular hiking routes in Cinque Terre before you visit.

Soak up some sun with some amazing gelatocinque terre ice cream

 

OMG. I don’t even know what to say to describe the bliss that comes from homemade gelato on a hot day as one gazes out at the Italian Riviera. Truly, it’s a memory I’ll never forget. As a matter of fact, I probably had more than one a day my entire trip. Even flavors I don’t normally like, I LOVED! I call this Cinque Terre treat, Vitamin G 😉

 

 

 

Fish with the locals, or at least watch ;)Vernazza, Cinque Terre

You can’t be a local, but you can just sit back, relax and partake in the relaxed way that Cinque Terre locals get things done. Every day at sun rise, head to the harbor at Vernazza, grab a slice of pizza or a gelato, and cop a squat and watch the fisherman reel in their trophies. Don’t miss out on the cat’s that also flock to the harbor for their dinner as well.

 

Eat your fill of fresh Ligurian pesto!

The moment I stepped off the train in Riomaggiore, Italian men were offering to make me dinner. No kidding. Any woman that has been to Italy will believe me. Farther south, Italian men will offer to make Bolognese. In Cinque Terre, the men of Liguria will make you pesto-from scratch. I took my new friend up on his offer of a home cooked dinner and I was not disappointed. I watched Georgio use a mortar and pestle to hand grind together all the fresh ingredients. I promise you that dinner was amazing, but also, that every where I ate in Cinque Terre, food was prepared by locals with the same care. Maybe it’s the fresh ingredients, but everything in I consumed in Cinque Terre was amazing. I highly recommend the pesto pizza!

 

Still not convinced?

Here’s another glimpse into my past adventures in Cinque Terre

 

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Now that you’re convinced you need a vacation to Italy, Cinque Terre perhaps, you’ll need some in-flight reading to leave you inspired…Recognize the cover? Yep, That’s Cinque Terre!

 

Beautiful Ruins

The story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

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*This is an affiliate link which means I get commission for referring it, but I promise it’s an amazing read and guaranteed to transport you to the Italian Riviera if my post didn’t do the trick 😉

Or how about a Roman Time Travel romance? Read my review here.

Love, Eternally (Book One of the Roman Time Travel Series 1) (Kindle Edition)


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So have you been to Cinque Terre, tell me how much you loved it! The Luv AviatrixIf not, what areas of Italy lave you craving a getaway?

XOXO

The Luv Aviatrix

 

P.S. Unfortunately, more recently Cinque Terre has seen an alarming increase in tourism due to cruise ships docking near by. This is bad timing since they were already trying to recover from devastating landslides and Cinque Terre is getting a reputation for disliking tourists. I say, travel there on your own, not with a cruise, and make an opinion for yourself. During the times that I have been there, and friends even recently, have said that locals are still welcoming if you are humble and respectful of the land and damage that has been done by large crowds in these tiny towns.  This is an important message that all travelers should keep with them anyways, no matter where they are.

Gods and Gladiators

Headed on a trip to Italy? I’ve got the perfect in-flight read to get you primed for an Italian Vacation.

 

Right now it’s free for Kindle Unlimited users and only 2.99 for regular e-book users.

 

GODS AND GLADIATORS by Jaye Shields is an extraordinary journey through time to a place of danger, helplessness, and brutal savagery. A well-written story of love that grows amidst action-filled scenes that expertly conjure amazing images of battle and destruction. The battles come to life before your very eyes, rather than just on the pages of a book. Jaye creates a wonderful romance between a warrior who has only known death, and an innocent woman who has witnessed more death than she should ever in her lifetime. Neither expects to survive yet they surrender their hearts and their bodies to each other at a time when only death may be the final outcome.” – Unwrapping Romance

 

 

Gods and Gladiators


When the Olympian Gods contest that the Romans aren’t nearly as mighty as they think they are, Ares, the God of War, is the first one to prove it by spending a month as a Roman. Ares arrives in Rome as a Gladiator, thrilled to have a human body in which to kick some ass. His first chance at Gladiator glory is to reenact the slaughter of the Sabines but when Ares spots a beautiful slave with eyes blazing with courage, he refuses to tear through the defenseless prisoners.

Eirana of the Gauls is only one of hundreds of women taken as slaves by the Romans. Weaponless and starved for days, she’s forced into the coliseum to be symbolically massacred. She’s seen the infamous Gladiators in action enough to know there will be no mercy. But then something incredible happens, one Gladiator chooses to protect the defenseless women. He claims to be a God, but he bleeds just like a human.

Eirana is the most incredible being Ares has ever seen. With only a month in the human realm, the God refuses to leave until knowing she is safe. But if he can conquer the Romans keeping her as a slave, will his heart still be able to let her go?

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Sexy Summer Read: The Sex Demon Trilogy

Need a sexy in-flight read for that long plane ride ahead?

The Sex Demon Trilogy is a dark, erotic paranormal that will keep you plenty warm on that overly-air conditioned flight 😉

  Flight Attendants with some sexy inflight reading, The Sex Demon Trilogy by Jaye Shields Before I give you the rundown on the book, let me first say that there are affiliate links included in this post to which I get a commission from. Okay, now the sexy stuff…

Whether you’re a season sexified reader that gobbles up each sexy title from authors like E.L. James or Sylvia Day, or a newbie reader in the erotic romance world, give these Sex Demons a try, they’re sure to please. Literally. 😉

 

 

The Sex Demon Trilogy  by Jaye Shields

The Sex Demon Trilogy by Jaye Shields is a sexy paranormal read, sure to set your kindle of fire.
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Tap Into Your Inner Sex Demon… Sex demons need constant climax to survive. Orgies and promiscuous sex tend to be an everyday thing, but finding love is not. Dive into The Sex Demon Trilogy and meet three sex demons who find love in the least likely of places. With these tales of love come danger, heartbreak, and hot, hot sex like only a sex demon can do it. Content Warning: strong language, light BDSM scenes, girl-on-girl action, and all kinds of sex demon mayhem.

“Jaye writes spunky heroines and alpha heroes who keep you entertained from page one.” – A Tasty Read Book Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a Sex Demon:
Lennox is a man fueled by revenge, but when he finds his quarry, a scintillating and infuriating sex demon named Zahra, his resolve will be put to the test. For when he captures his prize, Lennox realizes that Zahra’s slow demise means the breaking of a heart he didn’t think he had.

Claiming of a Sex Demon:
A sex demon needs climax to survive, but that’s never been a problem for Reza Aniron as women seem to be unable to resist his charms…all except for one, a timid, blonde angel who treats him with complete indifference. But in her eyes he can see a fire that’s just waiting to be released. And he always did love a challenge.

Addictions of a Sex Demon:
Sephina has gotten into a lot of trouble as a sex demon with a drug addiction. Moving to a new village was supposed to help her get clean. But when she relapses, it comes with a side of hot dragon man. Axel may be a drug dealer, but he’s also the town healer. Half-human, half-dragon, his blood can cure just about anything, but it has some erotic side effects for its user, as the new beauty in town is about to find out…

Are you intrigued yet? Grab a copy of this sexy read here, both in print and available in e-book for you sly kindle readers 😉

Jaye Shields and her sexy romance novel, The Sex Demon Trilogy
Jaye Shields and her sexy romance novel, The Sex Demon Trilogy

 

 

Happy Reading

XOXO The Luv Aviatrix

How to do Yosemite In A Day

Romantic Yosemite


Yosemite draws tourists and vacationers from all over the world. It’s no wonder why, because Yosemite truly is one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring places in the world. A vacation destination fit for adventurers, artists, romantics and adrenaline junkies. Whether you want to take a calming nature stroll and keep a vigilant eye on the unique fauna that thrive in the valley, or strap on some climbing shoes and show some massive granite who’s boss, Yosemite holds a perfect attraction for anyone.

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Personally, as someone who loves to take a bazillion pictures, love the photographic quality if the amazing landscape. I love to hike, and there can perhaps be no better, more unique and diverse hiking in one place than at Yosemite. And you better believe I always have my camera with me. Are you a photographer ala Ansel Adams? Prepare for mesmerizing waterfalls that will pound the ground, shaking it beneath your feet and spraying your face and body with a cold mist. And while Yosemite has many challenging hikes and climbs such as Half-dome, I promise there are nature walks for every skill level.

My favorite intro hike for Yosemite Beginners, or even for seasoned Yosemite-lovers that just need a warm up—is theYosemite mist Mist Trail. The hike begins with more of a slowly inclining nature walk that’ll lead to a bridge at the base of Vernal Falls. If you’re not much of a hiker, this might be your photo op and turn around spot.

If you’re feeling like a bit more exercise, continue on and prepare to be amazing. You’ll start an immediate climb, hugging the mountain so that you have constant views of the valley too your left, and towering trees on your right. You catch glimpses of the waterfall you’re hiking toward. Finally, you’ll breach the trees and be treated to the waterfall’s spray. My last hike there was during the most powerful snowmelt in years and I was left drenched. It’s a good idea to bring a rain slicker on this hike!

 

If you only have enough time for a half-day hike, turn around at the top of the falls, it’s an incredible hike in itself. If you’re feeling like you have a couple more rounds of hiking left in ya, continue on up the mountain in the steps of half-dome hikers toward Nevada falls.

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Tip: If you’re on a layover and only have one day, I recommend doing the half-day hike version up to Vernal Falls, and then turn around and take a scenic drive through the valley and up to Glacier Point. Glacier Point and many of the vistas on the way up are iconic and simply not to be missed on a first visit to Yosemite.  You’ll have amazing, epic views of Yosemite icons such as Half-dome, el Capitan and even the waterfalls you hiked to on the Mist Trail. If you’re traveling with your other half, this is a spot for some very romantic canoodling pics.❤

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Accommodations: Camping can be rough, not because it’s not enjoyable, but because so many people want to do it in Yosemite. Book in advance, or arrive EARLY, we’re talking before the butt crack of dawn for one of the first come first serve camp sites. If you are able to book in advance, there is a great camp site just steps away from the Mist Trail hike. If you decide to stay in town, about twenty minutes from the Yosemite gate is a small town called Groveland with the oldest saloon in California. It’s pretty damn cool and I highly recommend experiencing the tiny town and to stay at the Groveland Inn for a night. Nightowls be warned, nothing is open past five or six pm.

For Flight Crew: Close airports…you have many to choose from! FAT, SMF, SFO, OAK, SJC…you could even do some farther airports such as STS and RNO and make a road trip out of it. I’m closest to the OAK airport and it’s a beautiful three hour drive.

Venture out to California and experience Yosemite and I promise you wont be disappointed. If you only have a day, do the Mist Trail Hike to the top of Vernal Falls, and tour the Yosemite Valley and up to Glacier Point for an unforgettable whirlwind trip. If you have more than a day, make sure to add the famous Sequoia grove to your list and well as Mirror Lake and many of the other incredible sites in this grand national park.

Do you love Yosemite as much as I do? Let me know where your favorite spots are!

 

XOXO The Luv Aviatrix