Sandals Antigua

~By Jane Shelton

Looking for a perfect getaway?  Sandals Antigua might just be your destination!

If you are looking for soft, white sand, blue Caribbean waters, and lush tropical gardens, Sandals Antigua has them all!!

Making it an easy destination to explore, Delta offers direct, nonstop flights from Atlanta.  Leave your car at one of the many Park and Fly hotel options, and you will arrive Antigua in under four hours’ time.  Sandals will greet you at the airport and transfer you to their tropical oasis, about 15 minutes from the airport.

Sandals Antigua has two options of atmosphere on one property.  You choose between Bayside which provides quick access to the beach and is the older, well-manicured part of the property.  Or if a Mediterranean theme is more your style, you can choose the newer, expanded version of the property where you will find the main pool on the grounds, although there are several scattered throughout the property, including private plunge pools found in both the Bayside and Mediterranean areas.

If you are a beach person, and enjoy hours at the beach, then the Rondovals are perfectly positioned, and be sure to ask about the Rondovals with the private plunge pools!!  Butlers will make sure that you have everything you need from the time you step onto the property, until they wave goodbye at the end of your stay.

Your Butler will reserve your chairs at the beach or by the pool, wherever you choose, with no worry of not having a chair when you arrive.  Looking for a long stay by the water, no problem, your Butler will make sure you have everything you need in your cooler, refresh you with a surprise visit and an iced drink.  Ready for lunch?  Your Butler will arrange that, too!  You never have to leave your chair or lift a finger.

Restaurants abound, and food choices are endless.  Whether you are into sushi at Soy, a full hibachi experience at Kimonos, Italian flair at Mario’s, or waterfront dining at Eleanor’s, Bayside, and Barefoot, the choices are amazing and always pleasing to the taste buds!

No vacation at Sandals is complete without a trip to Red Lane Spa, and you will not be disappointed in the spa at Sandals Antigua.  Be sure to experience the Caribbean Glow Wrap to add a soothing break from the sun.

If your spouse is not into spa services, he can have fun learning to use the Hobe Cat, paddle boards, scuba, or one of the other many waters sports available.  Everyone can find their own personal adventure at Sandals Antigua.

What are you waiting for?  Call us today 229-244-2324, and we will help you find your tropical paradise!

New England Cruise Part 2

~ Jane Shelton

After a rainy day in Sydney, we sail on to Halifax.

Halifax is rich in history, and is home to one of the best maritime museums in Canada, including an exhibit on the Titanic where many people were taken after the shipwreck. Halifax is also very scenic, and has a beautiful, meandering walk along the waterfront.

Having visited Halifax previously, we chose an excursion to Lunenburg. A picturesque and historic village with a beautiful harbor, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About 70% of the downtown buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Lunenburg Academy, with its pointed towers and ornamental brackets.

As we sail back into the U.S., we approach the beautiful town of Bar Harbor, Maine. We opt for an intimate look at Acadia National Park allowing us time to get back into town for a lunch of lobster rolls and lobster chowder. Afterward, a quick view of the shops is necessary to walk off the delicious food before heading back to the ship.

This is our last port before we debark in Boston, and while all things must come to an end, we encourage others to enjoy this New England cruise!

If you have not visited Boston, make a point to do at least one night here on the end of your cruise so that you can explore this historic town. Explore Quincy Market, Copley Square, and walk the Freedom Trail!

Visiting Montreal

By Jane Shelton

Visiting Montreal, Canada in the rainy season of May probably was not the best choice, however, sailing the St Lawrence to Quebec, the Gulf of the St Lawrence, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, Bar Harbor and back into Boston made us forget the misty rains of the week.

When visiting Montreal, take time to take in the sights and sounds of Old Town, and most specifically the famous Basilica Notre Dame of Old Town.  This is probably my favorite Basilica or Cathedral that I have ever visited as the detail goes on and on.  Every look brings a new sculpture, painting, and awe-inspiring stained glass windows to your eye that goes straight to your heart!

Visiting the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec is a must, which you will find at the top of the funicular.  Walking the cobblestone streets to the famous hotel brings a giddy excitement that cannot be explained.   Old world charm surrounds you as you enter the porte-cochere and enter the grand revolving doors into the extravagant lobby.  The beauty of the wood throughout the structure is amazing, and takes you back to a time throughout history as you wander the halls gazing at the old black and white framed photographs of the elite in their best dressed clothing seated with royalty.  From there continue down the hall to see the opposite end of the spectrum of the works building the grand structure…if you look closely, you can hear the hammers and swift movement of the saws as the structure rises in glory.  Explore the ballrooms, if not being used, and gaze out the windows onto the St. Lawrence river.  Another option is to dine in the restaurant or the pub overlooking the St. Lawrence river, if you wish to linger a little longer.

Continue walking the cobblestone streets to explore the many churches and basilica in the surrounding blocks, as well as shops, restaurants, and museums.  After completing your tour of the upper town, take the funicular back to the lower town to investigate more shops and dining options, and if you want to take in the Museum of Civilization, it is conveniently located across from the Old Port.

Continuing our cruise on Holland America takes us further into the beauty of the countryside sailing the St. Lawrence into the Gulf of the St. Lawrence.  Our first stop is Prince Edward Island and the charming town of Charlottetown, very walkable from the port, and a great stop to enjoy ventures into the beautiful island flourishing with stories of Anne of Green Gables.  Don’t forget to enjoy the local lobster for lunch!  Delicious!

Next port is Sydney on Cape Breton, Island, famous for its very large fiddle outside the Spirit of the Fiddle auditorium.  A great show!

Stay tuned for the remainder of the Canada New England cruise journey……

Holland America Ship Experience

~Written by Debi Saeger

Holland America Eurodam March 25 – April 1, 2017

Ship Experience

I have never gotten on and off a cruise faster or easier.  When we arrived in Fort Lauderdale, we left our luggage with the Longshoremen and walked into the cruise terminal.  My first thought was we were either late, or the ship was sailing empty, there were no lines!  We filled out a medical questionnaire, showed our boarding passes and Passports, had our picture taken for our key cards and walked right on board.  Our luggage arrived in our stateroom within an hour.

Leaving the ship was just as easy, our departure time was 8:45, and we were promptly called, walked down a couple of flights of stairs, collected our luggage, passed though customs, called the off sight parking company where we left our car, got picked up and were pulling out of the parking facility at 9:30.

The ship is beautiful, midsized at 86,273 tons, 2104 passengers and 876 crew.  The artwork on board is breath taking, you get the feeling of being in a museum while walking the common areas on decks 2 and 3.  Three are also framed shadow boxes with artifacts from earlier ships including china, silver, ships logs etc.  It was amazing to  see and read the descriptions.

Our favorite entertainment was the Lincoln Center Stage.  The Lincoln Center in NY sends musicians to entertain on board.  There were 3 performances almost every day, each lasting only about 45 minutes.  I could have listened for hours.  The venue is right next to the main dining room so it made a perfect pre dinner entertainment option for us.  The musical selections were mostly classical, with some more contemporary mixed in.  The musicians explained the pieces, what to listen for, and why they chose the combination of pieces that they did.  What I found most fascinating was their music was on iPads.  The first evening I couldn’t figure out how they were turning the pages.  The second evening I was talking with the lady sitting next to me about it, when a lady sitting in the row in front of us told us they had some sort of button on the floor, so they were turning the pages with their foot.

The food on board was excellent.  We ate in the main dining room every night.  The menu options were great, it was hard to choose only one entrée, I wanted to try everything.  We ate breakfast in the main dining room on both sea days because they had eggs benedict on the menu there (my favorite).  The other days we ate breakfast on deck 9 in the Lido Market.  There was no end to the options to choose from.  The omelets were made to order with dozens of choices of fillings, eggs were cooked to order, pancakes, French toast, waffles, breads, breakfast meats, cereals, fresh fruit, anything you could want was there.  We never made it to the main dining room for lunch, ate on deck 9 each day, either from the buffet in the Lido market, the Dive Inn, great hamburgers and hot dogs and the crunchiest French fries ever! Or the New York Pizza made to order personal sized pizza that were great too.  The buffet had a great salad bar, pasta selections, Mexican selections, Asian stir fry, sandwiches, a carving station with a different meat each day along with vegetables and side dishes.  There was no way anyone was going to leave that cruise hungry!  The Lido market closed for a short time between breakfast service and lunch service, then for a short time between the lunch service and dinner service.  I don’t know what time they stopped serving dinner, but the Dive Inn and NY Pizza never closed and were open until 11:00 p m.

If you were hungry after that there was always complementary room service.

The Eurodam has 2 pool areas, one for adults only, one that has a retractable cover so even a rainy day won’t ruin your time outdoors. There was never a shortage of deck chairs. A beautiful spa, nice casino, shopping area, fitness area, and outdoor sports area.  There was always something to do, and the daily program left in your stateroom each evening let you know what was happening the next day.

Holland America Experience

~Written by Kelli Green

Walking onto the Eurodam was a nice surprise with the elegant décor, the art work and the friendly staff. It was so nice to see the staff smiling and willing to help you with whatever you needed. This was my first time on a Holland America cruise. My husband and I stayed in the Verandah Stateroom which had a balcony and plenty of room for him and I to be comfortable. Every afternoon we would come back to a clean room, the bed made, and a towel animal. That made me smile. Sitting on the end of our bed was two chocolates and our itinerary for the next day. They had activities every hour! While we were at Sea my husband and I played trivia, bingo, watched movies in our room and went to the hot tub by the pool. In between all of that we made our stop up to the Lido deck to indulge in our favorite foods and ice cream! One thing about cruising is you will never go hungry. There was always such a variety of foods and deserts. At night we had dinner in the dining room and the food was exceptional. Where do you go to get a starter, entrée, desert and coffee? A Holland America Cruise.

Our first stop was Key West. I’m a bit of a history lover so my husband and I made a visit over to the little white house where President Harry Truman stayed during the winter months of his presidency.

Our next stop was Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. We spent our day there walking into the shops and markets where the locals sold there handmade jewelry and woodwork. I also remember seeing this beautiful Amber sculpture about 15 feet tall. Off into the distance I saw people zip lining over the water park area.

The next day we were at Sea and my husband and I went to a game show they had on the main stage. There were three couples who competed for a chance to win a dinner at one of the three restaurants they had on board. They had the Gala that night so we dressed our best for dinner and took pictures. After dinner we went to a Lionel Richie tribute show and had so much fun. Afterwards, we made our way to BB Kings. The band was awesome and everyone was dancing and having a great time.

That next morning my husband and I ordered room service and let me just say it was there no later than the time we chose for delivery. I could not say enough of the staff and how friendly they are. I opened the blinds in our room and  walked out to the most amazing scenery. We made it to Grand Turk. We planned an excursion for the day so we changed in our bathing suits and made our way down. We rode the bus over to Bajari beach and as soon as we pulled up I could hear the island music playing. We found us a chair on the beach then went to get a drink from the bar and listened to the Dj. The water was so clear and breathtakingly beautiful! We snorkeled for a while seeing coral and tropical fish. They also had Wi-Fi available so I called my kids and family back home.

That afternoon we made our way back and visited Margaretville at the port.

The next day we arrived at Holland America’s private island, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The beach was so clear you could see your feet in the water and the sand was like sugar. They had several activities available there on the island and at lunch everyone ate at the barbecue. I saw a sign that said, “I wish I could say here forever.” And that’s exactly what I was thinking!

I must say, Holland America Cruises put a lot of effort into making their guests happy.  IMG_2455

Primer

By Amanda Baldree

Let’s Get Primed!

The secret to any good makeup look lays in the details. One detail people often over look is a good primer. You need to lay a good base if you want the outcome to turn out. It’s like building a house. You wouldn’t try and build a house and not lay a foundation which to construct everything else on. The reason you want to use a primer is that it will even out your skin and help your foundation stay and look smooth. Now primers can have different functions. You can get a primer to help minimize pores, to give you a dewy look, or just to help even out your skin. You have to know going in what you want your finished product to be so you aren’t so overwhelmed with the limitless choices out there.

Milani Prime Light (https://milanicosmetics.com) (can find Target, Walgreens, and various Drug Stores)

This primer blurs pores and fine lines for brighter looking skin. Blurring means it softens the look of your pores so they aren’t as noticeable. This particular primer does give you a nice glow. Not over the top but makes your foundation a little more dewy. It’s a nice primer to experiment with because it carries a price tag of $9.99 at Target.

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional (https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/us/en) (Sephora and Ulta)

This particular primer gets a lot of hype. It also blurs your pores. It really is just an all around basic primer and always gets good reviews. You can grab a travel size of this primer at Ulta to test out for $12 or go ahead and indulge in a full size for $31. In general, the travel size is good for testing but not for value. Use the trick of going to Sephora and asking for a sample of the product.

BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer (https://www.beccacosmetics.com/) (Sephora and Ulta)

Another popular primer. Is known again for blurring (are you seeing a trend here??) and giving a radiant glow. So if you want to pack a little extra glow this would be the primer to reach for. We are going up in price here with a price point of $38 but sometimes you want to indulge.

NYX Angel Veil (http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/) (Target, Ulta, some drug stores)

This is just your average, everyday, want to lay down a base for your makeup primer. Nothing fancy. Just a nice building block in your makeup regiment.  And with a price point of $15.99 it’s a nice middle of the road primer to dip your toe in with. NYX also has a Pore Filler primer if that is what you are more interested in. It comes in at $14.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer (http://us.rimmellondon.com/) (Ulta, Target, Wal-Mart, drug store)

If you are just getting started in makeup or just beginning with primer sometimes you don’t want to drop a lot of money on anything until you do a test run. I’ve found that drug store makeup is a good way to dip your toe into the pond without breaking the bank. It’s a lot easier to throw away or give away a $6 primer than a $40 one. This primer isn’t anything fancy. It is just a good base for your backup. A quick search on the net found this for $5.49 to $6.99. The best thing about drug store is usually you can found a coupon or they are running sales!

Go Nude!

By Amanda Baldree

Go Nude!

I resisted the nude trend in lip color for a long time. I use to believe if it wasn’t red it didn’t belong on my lips. I have completely obliterated that hang up. Finding the perfect nude, can be a struggle but so worth the time and effort. A nude lip can compliment any outfit and any makeup look.

First and foremost, you need to realize what color your own lip pulls. We all have an undertone. Mine is a very pale pink undertone. So I can’t wear super sheer nudes because it looks like I have nothing on my lips. Which I know is the goal buuuut I also want the effort I put into my look to show some pay off.

We are going to explore some different lines and a variety of shades and hopefully if you have been on the fence about trying a nude this may help or you might even discover a brand you haven’t heard of! Let’s explore!!

NYX has created a whole lip line to help you find your perfect nude. If you don’t want to break the bank (retails for $7) NYX Lingerie line is the way to go. By far I think they have the largest collections of “nudes” to choose from. This is a liquid to matte formula.

Now Jeffree Star loves a good nude. He has four nudes that are a permanent staple in his collection and then he has some transition colors that go into the more terra-cotta/lighter brown family. My favorite nude from this collection has to be Posh Spice. These are also a liquid to matte formula. These retail for $18. They are long lasting. I can usually wear them for about 6/7 hours.

Wet n Wild just recently released a new line called MegaLast Liquid Catsuit ($4.99)

and I’m here to tell you – these are AMAZING for the price. They only have two nude colors but at this price point you can scoop up both and experiment. Do it!

Just released 5 new neutral tones for ALL skin tones. Called The Coffee Shop.

Their lipsticks are amazing. Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter. Wide variety of color if you are looking for something besides nude and don’t break the bank too much since they retail for $17.

This if more for you traditional lipstick lovers out there. It’s a true tub lipstick. Once I went matte, I never went back but this nude for me is the holy grail of nudes. I purchased my very first Charlotte Tilbury in London at Harrods. Ahhh love! Kim KW is my ultimate nude. At a price point of $34, I paid for my baby but I always get compliments on this lip color.

These are just a few of my favs! Once you dive in and start looking you will find loads more. The world of makeup is vast. Don’t be scared to try out that indie brand you found on Instagram! Those lipsticks are made with love and you never know what might find next!

Be a Glo-getter

Written by Amanda Baldree

As we coast into March, our eyes turn forward and thoughts turn to sandy beaches, tans, and that warm summer glow. But there are ways to achieve that summer glow ALL year long. It no longer has to be limited to those nights out after spending all day relaxing on the beach. The summer of 2016, was christened “the summer of glow.” Why you may ask?? Makeup companies began manufacturing highlighters. A highlighter? You may be scratching your head thinking that is something you use on paper to make things stand out. Well the makeup world grabbed on to it and it now helps your cheekbones POP!

So since I am slightly obsessed with makeup…I’ve done the trying and buying for you! Because this girl loves her a good highlighter.  Now my love of makeup goes from drugstore to high end and I’m going to give you some options.

First up Anastasia Beverly Hills (http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com/makeup/face/) (also available at Ulta and Sephora)

Now Anastasia is known for their brow products but they hit it out of the ballpark with their highlighters. I personally have 4 of their highlighter palettes (see I told you I had a problem/obsession). Their product is generally a little more on the pricey side BUT if you order from their website when you spend $25 you qualify for free shipping and there is no tax!

Second – Makeup Revolution (https://www.makeuprevolutionusa.com/) (also available at Ulta)

Go for their baked highlighters. They have 5 shades ranging from a white (for fair skin) to a dark sun kissed color for darker complexions. The best part?? These highlighters retail for $6!!! And they will make you cheeks glimmer all day and all night!

Third – Becca Cosmetics (https://www.beccacosmetics.com/shop/highlighters.html) (also available at Sephora)

I can’t say enough about these highlighters. There is a reason they are considered a best seller. It’s a good product. They are more pricey than anything else I’ve suggested (retail at $38 for one) but there is a lot of product in the compact and they are high quality and have an amazing staying power. If you chose to indulge you won’t be disappointed.

Last but not least – Wet n Wild Beauty (http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/face/highlight-contour.html#sm.0015ddxag1brjf9cxjo1obwdihd6v) (available at most drugstores)

Yes I know. Wet n Wild has been around for forever and a day. But let me be the first to tell you. For a drugstore brand, they are putting out some jam up products for the price point. Last year as a summer limited edition they released a gold highlighter everyone went crazy for. So much for they added it permanently to their collection. People went crazy over a $4.99 highlighter!

Looking for Paradise?

By Jane Shelton, President & Travel Consultantimg_2411

There are so many places to call paradise all around this world, and the travel professionals at South Georgia Travel are ready to assist you in finding your paradise.

South Georgia Travel has been in business in Valdosta, Georgia since 1964, and our mission is “Personalized Vacation Planning” because we realize everyone does not have the same paradise in mind.  Our business is based on courteous and prompt service, honesty and professionalism.  The goal of our agency is to match the travel experience with your expectations…after all, it is your vacation!

We are more than an online booking site, because we believe that building relationships and getting to know you, allows us to apply our travel knowledge and experience to create your personalized vacation.  Everyone should not be expected to fit in the same box!

Planning a honeymoon or destination wedding can be stressful, and we can help remove the stress by assisting with all the details to allow you time to experience the fun events leading up to your wedding and honeymoon.  Our travel professionals will walk you through the process from the moment you walk in the door, until your return to your home as newlyweds.

In addition to vast travel resources and client feedback, we also can provide our personal experiences of destinations where we have traveled, providing the best insight to many destinations around the globe.

Recently, my husband and I traveled to Sandals Grenada which is a great luxury all-inclusive resort for honeymooners, and those who just need time to get away and reconnect.

The island of Grenada is famous for its famous spices, and is often referred to as the Spice Island.  You will have the opportunity to learn about the different spices and how they are used.  You may even choose to enjoy one the special spices in one of the many restaurants found at Sandals Grenada, including their specialty, nutmeg ice-cream!

Packing Tips

Packing tips, by type of vacation:

If you are traveling on a cruise or a single destination resort vacation, here are a few tips to help make your packing and unpacking easier.

First lay out everything that you think you need to take with you…..then before you bring out your suitcase, put half of your clothing back…..you really don’t need to take as much as you think you do.

Keep as much on hangers as you can.  Simply pick up about 4 items by the hanger (keeping like sizes items together) and fold the top including the hanger down, then, fold the appropriate number of times to fit into your suit case.  As you place them in the suit case remember to alternate the edge that has the hanger.  Place your smaller items in the suitcase around these folded hanging clothes.  When you arrive at your resort room or cruise cabin, remove your smaller items and put away in drawers or shelves.  Then take your hanging clothes out and they are ready to go directly into the closet….no more hoping that there will be enough hangers in your closet!!  After you wear these clothes, put back on hangers to do the same packing for your return home.

If you are taking a road trip, driving yourself or on a tour bus:

As you are planning what you think you will need to take with you, purchase a box or 2 of two gallon zip lock bags.  As you are getting your clothes together, put your entire outfit including underwear and socks into the zip lock bags.  These bags also work very well for shoes.  With all your outfits in the zip lock bags, you can very quickly grab what you need for your next day.  If you are traveling by car, you wouldn’t need to bring in that huge suitcase every night.  I have seen and used toiletry cases that will unzip and hang…these work wonderful to have everything in one place and not sitting around.

If you are traveling with a very limited amount of luggage:

Choose a base color such as black, brown or navy.  That way you can bring a few colorful tops that will go with any of the skirts, pants, etc.  Also by limiting your colors, you only need a couple of pairs of shoes, and they can be all the same color as your basic color choice.

These are just hints that I have found to work well for my personal traveling and wanted to share.  Please share  hints that have worked for you.

Brenda Wetherington