Palm Beach, Florida

As much as I love Palm Springs, I figured Palm Beach would be no different (I mean, a city with “palm” in its name could never be bad, right?!). Oh and was I right! Palm Beach is an absolute dream.

We checked into the cutest cottage ever, with the very best backyard. It was one of those wonderful English type gardens, disheveled but bursting with color and life. (Speaking of “life,” I was taking a video one day of all the flowers in the backyard and a little snake dashed in front of me. I’m terrified of snakes and it caught me completely off guard, so I froze in my tracks, and you can hear me gasp in the video! LOL!)

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My mom came and met us at the cottage, and she watched Lilly while we went down to Cuba. Both before we left and when we came back, we all got to explore Palm Beach together. It was hot, but since we were at the tail end of the season, it wasn’t too busy, which was very nice. We had Worth Avenue nearly to ourselves!

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The streets of downtown Palm Beach are famous for having all these little vias hidden off of them, so when you round a corner or go down what seems to be just your average sidewalk, you’ll come out to this instead:

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It was so nice to walk through these little vias, each of us pointing out details to the others. We’d get excited about flowers of course, but also tile work, massive bougainvillea, and little visitors.

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And my favorite detail of all, this little sign warning visitors that a “peculiar pup” lives here.

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Speaking of pups, since we had ours with us, we figured our little cottage was best, but we all agreed when we come back sans chien, it’s The Breakers all the way. I mean, who could resist a courtyard this wonderful?!

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Per family tradition, our favorite thing to do was eat. I’d been told about Ta-boo and it did not disappoint, in decor or in entrees.

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And the award for best location goes to Pizza al Fresco, in Via Mizner. I mean, just look at it! I barely care what the food is like with a setup like this!

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It was the perfect way to top off our travels through Florida, and I was so happy my mom got to come with us. I’d love to go back for longer next time, there’s still so much I want to do (see the pink and green hallways at The Colony, eat the warm brussels sprout salad at Buccan, rent bikes and pop downtown for antique shopping…)!

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