A Merry Christmas Vacation

Merry Christmas! I hope you've had spectacular celebrations and are enjoying some time off work. For the first time in my life, I'm away from my family to spend the holidays with my sweetheart (a cool story about him in another post) and his family. Also for the first time in my life, I've had a green Christmas. I'm not talking about a tropical destination, but rather the Toronto area. We were hoping, wishing, praying for snow but it just didn't happen... until the 27th. Not so bad. It was an adjustment for me since I'm used to piles of snow at Christmas.
Within the first week of arrival I wound up with an eye infection. Not fun, but short lived and my eye is good to go. Otherwise, I've been having a marvelous time. We've done all kinds of great things. Here's just a bit.

A trip to Niagara on the Lake for a tour of 4 wineries, dinner at a fabulous restaurant, an overnight, and browsing the cute shops on main street. It's one of the cutest towns I've been to.
Here we are in a wine cellar at Laileys where we got to sample unfinished wines straight from the barrels! They make incredible ice wine too - which, of course, is especially great with high quality dark chocolate.

We had dinner overlooking Niagara Falls one night. The falls are lit up in different colors at night time on both the Canadian and American sides. It's so pretty! I got a pic before the colors started up and its fuzzy so I didn't take anymore, but at least you get an idea. There's something magical and mesmerizing about it.

After dinner in Toronto one night I had attempted a shot of the CN tower - it looks more like a psychedelic Christmas tower.

We took a hike along Rattlesnake Point Lookout on the Niagara Escarpment. Here's a shot from the top of my boyfriend's parents property.

Super cool rock stacks!

A little yoga on the rocks!

It looks funny, but was too cold to take my socks off. 

We took small trip to visit my best friend from college and her husband. Always great times when the two of us get together!

How did you spend the Christmas holidays?
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  1. December 30, 2011 at 04:14

    Glad you and your sweetie had such a Merry Christmas. The view from his parents' place is gorgeous! <br /><br />We had a quiet Christmas with fam and friends, though we ended up with no snow either ... which does feel kind of odd.<br /><br />Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  2. December 30, 2011 at 04:25

    Wow, that topography is amazing! Interesting that this was your first green Christmas--this is only my third year in the far north, so kind of the reverse (although depending where I was, some Christmases were white in my childhood).<br /><br />Looking forward to hearing the sweetheart story--love the winery and falls!

  3. December 30, 2011 at 05:39

    Stunning photos. LOVE the yoga on the rocks! How long have you been practicing yoga? I started only earlier this year, but was hooked immediately. I hope one day I can have the strength to practice on rocks!

  4. December 30, 2011 at 06:26

    Not sure what the deal with eye infections this month is! I also got one the day after Christmas. Glad you're healed!<br /><br />Yoga on the rocks looks absolutely beautiful! Good to hear you had a great Christmas.

  5. December 30, 2011 at 13:19

    Loved the pictures of the rocks! Beautiful ones of you doing yoga!<br /><br />Brooke<br />www.TheAnnessaFamily.com

  6. December 30, 2011 at 14:49

    hope you had a wonderful christmas! you look beautiful!

  7. December 30, 2011 at 15:06

    Thank you ladies! <br /><br />Lisa - yes, a lot of places didn't get snow this year :( Need to wander over to see what yummy things you've been making!<br /><br />Ela - the reverse - you're still getting adjusted to snow then! <br /><br />Sasha - I've been practicing for about 10 years and I'm a yoga instructor. Its amazing what you can do in time! <br /><br />LoveFitness - It's going around here too - my friend's kids got the infection. I'd never had one before. Are you better now?

  8. December 30, 2011 at 16:20

    http://cannedtime.blogspot.com/ Wow, the scenery looks so beautiful. So glad you had time to spend outdoors with your sweetheart..........can't wait till you're back inside sharing your recipes too though....Happy New Year!

  9. December 30, 2011 at 17:27

    Wow! I dig the yoga pics. You are an inspiration!

  10. December 31, 2011 at 17:48

    Glad you had a great Christmas!! Have a Happy New Year!!

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