Family Getaway to Palm Beach, FL!

Hi! Hope everyone is doing well! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I’m sure you all enjoyed reading Roman’s latest post about his amazing trip to Israel! What an incredible blessing that his mother, Doni, and himself were able to partake on that spiritual journey together. I’m looking forward to the day that I’ll be able to experience the Holy Land myself! 

Recently, Roman and I went down to Florida with both sides of our family! We traveled with his parents and met with my parents and his grandparents in Singer Island, where we stayed the entire time. First off, a big thank you to Roman for planning the whole trip and doing an extensive amount of research. The way Roman executed everything was perfect. So thank you, Roman!

What made this trip even more special was that it was my parents first time meeting Roman’s grandparents so that was very exciting!!!

We stayed at the beautiful and luxurious condo, Ritz Carlton, that’s located right off the beach. Pictures don’t do justice– we highly recommend staying in this place to truly see how elegant and lovely it is in person!

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One of the buildings of Ritz Carlton. We stayed on the 25th floor!

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Balcony view that oversees the inner part of the island

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With my love!

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My parents loving the view!

 

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LOVED the kitchen, especially the stainless appliances!

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The kitchen window overlooks the beach

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The interior design of the place is beautiful. Loved the wooden and elegant look!

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Masters bedroom. Overlooking the beach and has access to the beachfront balcony!

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View from the master bedroom! Breathtaking!!

I was not able to take a picture of the other rooms, I must have been deep in “the moment” and forgot to take pictures! Lol however, I was able to take pictures of the movie room and the social room!

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Private theatre room

What’s nice about the movie room is you can rent it out and it’s completely private! Unlimited movies and a whole private theatre, what more could you ask for?!

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Pool table located in the Social Room

The Social Room included a pool table, a library, and tables to just sit and relax! It was neat to see all the amenities the condo had to offer.

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One of the two pools at the Ritz Carlton

 

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The “infinity” pool overlooking the beach. Our favorite! We swam in this pool almost everyday!

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Candid photo of Roman just relaxing in the pool

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Overlooking the ocean with my mahal!

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Say cheese, Mark and Doni! 🙂

 

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Nan and Papa Ken relaxing under the shade!

 

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Fun fact: my parents, just like any other Filipinos LOVE to pose for the camera and take lots of pictures! lol

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See what I mean? Always posing! Lol

We spent majority of our time relaxing by the pool but we also LOVED being in the water! Roman in particular loved to swim in it– I didn’t want to get my hair wet (such a girl problem lol) so I didn’t go in as much as he did but I know he definitely had a great time!

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Good life…More like BLESSED life!

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Roman and I did a little bit of walking and ended up at this nice little peaceful spot!

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Heading into the water!! Lol

 

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My mom admiring the pretty view!

Being by the beach is always an amazing feeling. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and pure bliss.

One of my favorite bible verse is from Psalm 36:5-7 NIV

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

 

The ocean will always be a reminder to me of God’s unfailing and unconditional love for us. How blessed are we to have such a loving God!

Everything about the trip was such a blessing. One of the main highlights though is simply being with our families, all together, just enjoying each others presence and having a great time! And in Florida!!! From California, to Northeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey— we were all able to be in Florida all together. Family time is the best time! God truly blessed Roman and I with such loving families and for that, we are forever grateful! Here are some of my favorite pictures with them!

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Group picture with Roman’s grandfather and Katie after breakfast!

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My parents and Roman’s parents! LOVE!

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Selfie with the lovely Nan!

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At CityPlace in West Palm Beach

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The Rubando’s!

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Playing golf!

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Jupiter, FL!

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Roman with my mom and I!

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My love

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With my dad!

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My lovely parents

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Smile! 🙂

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Smiling before getting ready to devour the food!

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@ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Fountain from Jerusalem

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Courtyard @ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Beautiful Doni!

SO. MUCH. MORE. PICTURES and that’s just a small gist of it from our one week trip! lol

Knowing Roman and how he LOVES to plan our trips, he already had it all planned out that we were definitely going to see a basketball game in Miami and as always, he kept his word and we were all able to go watch the Rockets vs Heats! It was a great game and it was my first time being in Miami, as well as my parents, so it was an awesome experience!

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Roman got us GREAT seats! Thanks my mahal!

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So excited! lol

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Selfie with my love, of course!

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We were so close!!

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Hey, AllStar!

The next day, my aunt from the Philippines messaged me and told me that she saw Roman and I on TV! Lol what are the odds! She sent us this picture and it was so cool to see!

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A little blurry but yep, that’s us!

I looked up the Instagram of Houston Rocket’s the next day and saw us again!! Lol

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In addition to Roman’s list of “must see in Miami”, he took us to this AMAZING and AUTHENTIC Cuban restaurant! He first heard of it while watching the travel channel sometime last year and it was exciting to finally try the place and see what the hype was all about. Everything was delicious!!!

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Group selfie!

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Hopefully in the near future, we’ll be having Cuban food in Cuba! It was so yummy!

And speaking of yummy, we literally had the BEST steak of our lives at the Flagler’s Steakhouse. I am not exaggerating when I say it is the best filet mignon that I have ever had in my 23 years of life and I think it’s safe to say I speak for everyone else as well. I can’t get over how mouthwatering and enticing the food were!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Menu at the Flagler’s Steakhouse.

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Everything was delicious

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Hello my handsome!

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Excited to try the Filet!

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Group photo!

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Everyone was stuffed and happy! lol

Although my parents were only able to join us for a few days, we were blessed and thankful that they were granted the time off from work and was able to come and spend time with us all!

Upon the day of their departure, was the arrival of Billy, Mitch, Gloria, and Dave!! It was a sad goodbye to my parents but a happy welcoming to our family friends! We went out to dinner to a nice pizza place the night they arrived and it was a nice little Giant Floor reunion in Florida!

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Billy has been with Giant for over 50 years and Mitch is on his 25th year!! That’s dedication!!

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Giant Floor Crew!

We had a great time spending quality time with everyone! Roman’s grandfather took us out deep sea fishing the next morning. It was my first time and oh my goodness, it was so fun!!!

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Fishing boat!

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Grandpa with grandson 🙂

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Excited to catch some fish!

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All smiles before departing out to the deep sea!

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Watched them filet the fish!

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Look how pretty the water was!

There were actually pretty big waves and 90% of the people on the boat, including myself, were seasick! BUT despite the 5 ft waves, I caught a fish!!!! Lol I was so excited!!!

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How cool! My first catch–ever!!!

Billy and Mitch caught some fish as well so they brought it back to the condo and grilled it! I’m sure it tasted fresh! lol

We all had such a wonderful time and can’t wait to do it again!!

We spent the last few days in Florida just relaxing and having a cookout right by the pool, swimming in the beach, and having dinner cooked in the condo!

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Deep talks in the jacuzzi 

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Billy taking a little snooze after swimming! Lol

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Can never get tired waking up to this view!

Thankful for all the great and new experiences and being with amazing company during our trip. It went by so quick, but words can’t express how much fun we all had!!

God is so good for making it all happen! 

And Roman,

THANK YOU! Thank you for all the long hours you put in planning and making sure everything was perfect. All your hard work and effort are very much appreciated.

Mahal Kita, Roman Marcus! 

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Fall is in the air!

Hi everyone, hope all is well!

I cannot believe it’s already November 1st! Thanksgiving is in 3 weeks and Christmas is just right around the corner. Crazy how quickly time flies by. One of the many things I love about Pennsylvania is the foliage. It’s mesmerizing seeing the colorful, vibrant leaves on the trees sway back and forth from the light breeze. It’s just a beautiful time of the year! This year, this season has been warmer than usual and we aren’t complaining at all. Roman and I are definitely soaking in all the cozy, fall fun while we can!

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One of the colorful trees in our neighborhood!

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Look at all the leaves on the ground!

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Love taking strolls with Roman during this time of the year

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@ Glenmaura National Golfclub 

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Practicing my golfing skills lol

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Beautiful sunset

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Father & Son

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The background is absolutely breathtaking!

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Selfie with Roman on the golf course!

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Smile, my love!

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Roman took this nice shot of the sunset! 

And more fall festivities!

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On our way to dinner at The Settler’s Inn!

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This restaurant hand carves such BEAUTIFUL pumpkins!!!

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Look at the details! Wow

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So many pretty pumpkins! lol

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This porkchop was delish

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Roman got the filet and he loved it

Hope you guys enjoyed some of the photos we have from the foliage! If you have yet to experience it— you need to go visit the East Coast ASAP! lol

Have a great and blessed rest of the week!!!

Love, 

Jess

Day one in El Nido, Palawan

Hi everyone, I’m back from Paradise! 3 weeks of being in the Philippines was nothing but amazing, but at the same time I’m glad to be back in California and next week, I’ll be with Roman back in Pennsylvania! The jet lag is REAL. The last two nights I’ve been adjusting trying to get back to the same time zone but I’ve failed and continued to sleep at 6am and waking up at 5pm. Hopefully I’ll adjust soon!!

I can’t wait to share so much with you all. A lot has happened, new memories were created and met a lot of awesome people from all over the world!

The very first experience I’ll be sharing with you all is when my family and I went to El, Nido, Palawan. I can’t emphasize enough how much I loved it there and how much of a paradise it was. There were a total of 8 of us: my parents, my cousins, and my moms two sisters! We all had a BLAST. It was lovely just spending time with family but even better being in paradise!

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Love the crystal clear green water and the amazing rock formations

We went kayaking through the small lagoons of El Nido. We were mesmerized by the clear water and the beautiful rock formations!

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Just look at how amazing the water is!!


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All of us! Sorry it’s blurry, the guy who took the picture was not used to the GoPro lol


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My mom enjoying the view!


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My little cousins Euan and Jehan! 


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Hello, Dad!


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My dad and little cousin, Szanel

We kayaked for about 45 minutes before we went off to another island!

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Island hopping

Each island that we went to only took about 15 minutes via boat. The weather was sunny with a little breeze and we loved the company– everything was going so perfectly!

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They were cooking our food on the back of the boat!

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Love these cousins of mine!

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Do you see those little huts? They’re selling coconuts!! Refreshing and delicious!
When we got to our next island, we went snorkeling! So much underwater beauty.

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These photos do not do justice with sharing the underwater beauty of Palawan, but luckily I have more! Just not for this specific post 😉

Moving on, after our snorkeling, we had our lunch on the boat! Remember when the guys were cooking it behind our boat? Well ta-da! Here are all the food!! They are such chefs lol the way they cooked it all on the boat with just a grill and even the presentation.  Absolutely loved how everything was so fresh from the fruits to all the seafood! YUM!

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Grilled eggplant with soy sauce + tomatoes, squid, chickem, fish, mussels, bananas and watermelon, rice, and more!!

After lunch, we were all food coma lol we went to go visit more islands and did some more snorkeling and adventure!

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So bluuuue!!


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Mesmerizing, so beautiful 


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Photo op with the cousins!

I have way, way, way more pictures and events to write about but this was just on the first day in Palawan! I’ll make sure to share more photos and write about the adventures on my next post regarding day 2!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Jess

The hidden gem of the Caribbean: St. Lucia

I want to start off by saying I apologize for not being active and not posting this sooner! The past two months have been quite ludicrous! And that is an UNDERSTATEMENT! I ended up getting the flu and I mean the REAL DEAL FLU! I was away on a business trip, only to soon find myself in a hospital. Not to mention, I ended up losing over 10 pounds. It is one thing being sick, but being away from home and having the real flu; it was the worst experience of my life.

I just wanted to share a quick update about me, but enough about that…

We are on to St. Lucia!

Have you ever heard the saying?

“If you’ve been to one island, you’ve been to them all”

It is one of the most bogus statements that I’ve heard and the worst part about it is that I hear it all the time. How can one make a statement like that without experiencing it? Just like no person is the same; no island is the same. From the food, to the scenery, to the people, and etc. Each island is unique in its own way and the island of St. Lucia stands out like no other.

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Located in the south eastern Caribbean Sea, most people probably have never heard of St. Lucia 

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The port of Castries

Our ship was docked in St. Lucia a bit longer than the other ports, but there was much to do in so little time! Being in port on Christmas Day, we wanted to make sure that we were able to attend a Christmas Day service in one of the churches. We were so blessed to have found this church!

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After the church service, we did not have any excursions planned, but we wanted to explore the island. We stumbled upon an amazing driver named, Eli, who gave us an AMAZING tour of the island. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Castries St. Lucia

We had to stop and take a picture!

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And a selfie!

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The gorgeous lush green countryside of St. Lucia

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More scenic view of the countryside

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Enjoyin’ the views

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My mother enjoying one of our many roadside stops! We ended getting some great homemade banana ketchup here that we brought back home!

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Beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea

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Small fishing village in St. Lucia

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Family shot

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View from the bridge in the fishing village

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Caribbean Sea view from the bridge

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Another small little fishing village

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We began our ascent further into the mountains

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The gorgeous mountains of St. Lucia

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We finally had a little glimpse of The Pitons in the distance!

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The breathtaking view of The Pitons

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Had to take a family shot

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Pitons Selfie of my mahal and I

Soufriere Volcano St. Lucia

We then went to see the active Soufriere volcano in the mountains of St. Lucia

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Selfie at Soufriere

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We then walked to the hot springs

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Jesci and I covered in volcanic mud and ash

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We all had to do it because it has so many therapeutic healing properties!

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My mom and I

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Game Face On

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The natural flowing hot spring water

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From there, we went to a nearby waterfall and it was FREEZING COLD!

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After the waterfall, we began to head back to the ship and we went to where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed!

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We came back to the ship to find this gorgeous sunset on our departure of St. Lucia

St. Lucia is drop-dead gorgeous. The Pitons are absolutely out of this world. They look like they have no place in the Caribbean. If you don’t have this place on your bucket list, you better put it right on. From The Pitons, to the hot springs, to the scenery; countless times I thought to myself, “is this place real?” The views are straight out from a movie. I have never seen views like this in my life and it is truly remarkable to have been able to experience it with Jesci and my parents, especially on Christmas Day. It was a Christmas that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

– Roman