Across the Pond is a unique garden store in Huntsville, Alabama. They have tons of gardening stuff, statues, and even sell ice cream. However, my favorite part is the animals.
Also, I must confess to sticking my hand in the pond and trying to touch the fish. The fish didn’t like that very much.
After Honduras, we went to Belize. I spent the morning at Starfish Island and yes I did see starfish.
This was my first experience with starfish, so of course I had to touch them. I was surprised they didn’t react at all. They just laid there doing their starfish stuff.
The afternoon was spent wondering around Belize City, which is the capital of Belize.
Last week, I went on a seven day cruise. Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.
The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals. There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty. Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff. While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle. He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water. I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.
During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge. I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself. The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.
I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike. The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.
I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture. For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.
After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.
Bill’s Honey Farm is located in Meridianville, Alabama. The friendly owner is willing to talk to visitors about his bees and his operation. He also sells fresh honey and candles made from beeswax.
Bill’s Honey Farm is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about bees and would like to get a close up look at a beehive without getting stung.
Our trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a walk downtown. The city was hopping with people everywhere having a good time. I will say, the number of mobile taverns caught me by surprise.
As a country girl, my favorite part of the downtown area was Capital Park. It was beautiful and peaceful.
The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Museum is free to the public and worth checking out if you are in the Nashville area. They have rotating exhibits, so you can see a wide variety of excellent artworks at no cost.
Even though the museums is small, it’s one of my favorites.
The building was originally a post office and was constructed in the 1930s. It’s a stunning building with beautiful walkways and grand staircases. It was built with white Georgia marble and gray-pink Minnesota granite.
After the new post office was built in the 1980s, the building had little purpose and was mostly unused. Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr. worked with the city of Nashville to convert the building into a visual arts museum, which opened to the public on April 8, 2001.
There are still large areas under construction, so the gallery was smaller than I anticipated based on the size of the building. However, I did enjoy my time there and fell in love with the architecture.