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Travel Diaries: Mexico City, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Tulancingo

Hi!

Mexico is one of my favorite places to visit in the world! Besides the fact that I have so much family there, it is such a beautiful country with fascinating history, culture, and traditions. From the busy and modern lifestyle of Mexico City to the ancient architecture, narrow callejones, andย history rich Guanajuato, Mexico is an incredible diverse and unique country.

My visit began a few days before Christmas, and ended on New Year’s Eve. It was a nine day trip packed with lots of car rides, family, and sight-seeing. Though I’m no stranger to the country, there is so much I’ve not seen. So, we decided to take a bit of a road trip during our stay there and visit the following places: Tulancingo, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato! ๐Ÿ™‚

I arrived in Mexico City at around 11:00 at night and it was pretty cool outside! I decided to go with this outfit to travel because it’s comfortable, chic, and you can easily add layers when you leave the Florida heat and enter the Mexican cold.

Turtleneck Top: Zara

Jeans: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Coat: Calvin Klein

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Bag: Kate Spade New York

Foldable Travel Backpack: Henri Bendel

By the time we finally left the airport and got to my grandparent’s house, it was pretty late at night. However, the excitement of seeing my family definitely woke me up! We spent about two hours chatting, unpacking, and eating a midnight snack. It’s simple memories like this that I’ll always remember. ๐Ÿ™‚

We finally crawled into bed at around 2:00 a.m. and slept until pretty late the next morning. That day was spent packing our bags with what we needed for our road trip and seeing some family before Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our first destination on our road trip was to Tulancingo! Each year that we spend Christmas in Mexico, our family always meets in Tulancingo where my great aunt lives. We began our festivities on Christmas Eve and throughout Christmas Day. On the 25th, we made sure to go to mass in the Cathedral and explore the beautiful town center. Tulancingo, though usually small and quiet, is so alive and electric during Christmas! As Mexico is a predominantly Catholic country, every holiday is widely celebrated, especially Christmas. The churches were packed, there were people meeting with friends and family in the town center, the ice skating rink was full to capacity, and the atmosphere was full of love and joy! Tulancingo holds such a special place in my heart and will always be my favorite place to travel to for the holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the 26th of December, we left Tulancingo and drove to San Miguel de Allende! I was especially excited for visiting San Miguel because it is my grandmother’s hometown. After all my years of Mexico, I had never visited the lovely city, but I was quickly overcome by the same charm and beauty that has historically enchantedย artists and poets from all over the world. The city is absolutely stunning. The roads are made of cobblestone. The architecture is so ancient and intricate and truly Mexican. Everyone is so happy and welcoming. It is truly a city full of life and color. I loved seeing where my grandmother was born, the church where she was baptized, and eating in a restaurant owned by my family!ย It was such a perfect day and I would’ve given anything to stay longer (a day is not long enough)!

Travel Diaries: Cruising in Princess Cays and Grand Turk

Hi!

Welcome to my first “Travel Diaries”ย post! I recently went on a cruise to Princess Cays and Grand Turk on the Royal Princess. I absolutely adore going on cruises. There is always something fun to do and interesting people to meet. I went on a four day cruise the Saturday after Thanksgiving with my family and had such a fabulous time! It felt so nice to take a break and be completely disconnected from all the craziness and responsibilities of everyday life.

Sailing Away!

 

Top: Zara
Sunglasses: Kate Spade NY

The first day was spent exploring and unwinding. We got on the ship and went to our room to sit on the balcony and watch the ship leave port. It felt so great to feel the sea breeze and leave the business of the city behind into vast empty waters.


Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA

Shoes: Coach

On the second day, we arrived at Princess Cays. I decided to stay on the ship and enjoy it while every one was at port. It was so nice to have the ship to myself as I read and explored. Later that evening, we got all dolled up for the formal dining night. We took lots of pictures and had a nice family dinner.


Bathing Suit: Kate Spade NY

Sunglasses: Kate Spade NY

The third day, we arrived at Grand Turk! We got off the ship and went to the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen. The water was so cool and crystal clear (a great relief from the burning sun!) ๐Ÿ™‚ The temperature was so warm that I nearly forgot it was November! ย It felt almost magical to be in such a beautiful and isolated place.


The final day was bittersweet. It was amazing being on the ship the whole day and really enjoying it fully. However, it was sad coming to terms with the fact that it would soon be over and the next day we’d disembark and head straight to school and reality. My sister and I spent the day together playing golf, watching movies, and swimming. It was the perfect end to the perfect trip! ๐Ÿ™‚


I am so grateful to have gotten to spend my Thanksgiving break with my family traveling to such beautiful places. I am blessed with a great life and I will be forever thankful for everything I have ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break! I’m so thankful for you guys and my blog. Feel free to comment below and subscribe to my blog for updates!

Love you all!

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle