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Greetings from JFK Airport! I’m curled up in Terminal 7, reminiscing about how quickly this stateside stint blew by. I spent the last week in Martha’s Vineyard enjoying island time in the new family cottage my mom has been working so hard to renovate and I couldn’t have ended on a higher note.

Yesterday my sister asked me what I’m most looking forward to in the months of travel ahead and I struggled to find an answer. I’ve been so busy trying to enjoy life in the moment and get through all my usual pre-travel drama I’d almost forgotten to pause and be excited about all the adventures I have coming up. And now the day is here! It doesn’t quite feel real that I’m on the road again — I’m hoping it will sink in when the plane takes off. In the meantime, onto Photo of the Week.

Photo A
Witch of Endor Sailing Martha's VineyardSunset on a Taiwanese sail boat

Photo B
Fourth of July in Martha's VineyardLife in a Norman Rockwell painting

Photo C
Martha's Vineyard FlightA beautiful island, by sea or by air…

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • C… just gorg colors!!
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Thanks girl! Photo on the right is actually from my iPhone, believe it or not!

  • Leah
    July 6 2014

    I love the sailboat pictures! I vote for A. Good luck on your travels Alex, I can’t wait to hear all about them, especially TOMORROWLAND!!! I’ll be there in spirit!! x
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      I wish you were there in body as well, but I’ll take spirit this time 🙂 Remind me to tell you about a festival going down in El Salvador in February that I think you need to know about…

  • Cara
    July 6 2014

    I love the lighthouse! I just stumbled across your blog today and I must say I really love it! I’ve been reading travel blogs for months prepping for my first trip to Thailand beginning next year and yours is one of the best 🙂 I’ve spent all day reading through your posts! Any advice for a first timer would be great 🙂 amazing blog!

    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Thank you Cara, that is heartwarming! Let’s see, advice for a first timer to Thailand… avoid the tuk tuks in Bangkok except for a short ride for a photo op (if you must), only take cabs that will go on the meter, pack a maxi skirt or lightweight pants for temples, and eat as much street food as possible! Have fun and enjoy 🙂

  • Photo A! Looks like the cats isn’t concerned about the vicinity of the sea 🙂
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Nope, he was a full time resident of the boat 🙂

  • Divelicious Chris
    July 6 2014

    It’s difficult to choose one as always but I think I’ll go with photo A..
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Thanks Chris! I like to keep it tricky 🙂

  • Steve
    July 6 2014

    I am choosing C this week. Great aerial shot.

    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Thanks! My iPhone caught that one — impressed!

  • Dad
    July 6 2014

    I like B….still feeling patriotic from the 4th

    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Me too! It must be quite the spectacle in Philly. Maybe have to do it there next summer.

  • Justine
    July 6 2014

    I’m going to go for A…there’s nothing better than spending a day on a boat. And that cat! The idea of a cat being comfortable on a boat just brings a smile to my face 🙂 Love it!
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Ha, he actually lives onboard! I didn’t really think before how that might be unusual for a cat…

  • Dani
    July 6 2014

    A sailing cat? She’s gotta be my favorite 🙂 Have a safe flight and enjoy Europe!
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      I’m normally not a cat person but that one won me over 🙂 Thanks Dani!

  • Linda
    July 6 2014

    I thought your mother got a cat, for a moment. Of course A, the cat! Ellis and I wish you a safe and happy journey. Look forward to your postings. See you in January.

    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Ha! I don’t think there is any fear of that anytime soon. He was a fun one though, living on a boat and all. I’m sure Ellis and he would have gotten along great!

  • Ashley
    July 6 2014

    Photo C- so pretty!
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      Thanks Ashley! The Vineyard gets me every time.

  • becky hutner
    July 6 2014

    Toss up between B & C. B bc it’s the picture of east coast Americana, C because BLUE!
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      And they both just scream MV to me! Man I love that place…

  • I love C – very quintessential New England pics!
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    • Alex
      July 6 2014

      That’s what I was going for! Thanks Katie 🙂

  • Jason
    July 6 2014

    A, digging the photo of the cat…

    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      I’m not much of a cat lover but this one was quite photogenic!

  • Stef
    July 7 2014

    Photo C!
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    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      Love it! Thanks for voting 🙂

  • MCVK
    July 7 2014

    I love cats, but photo B does it for me!

    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      Just too adorable, isn’t it? 🙂

  • Janice Stringer
    July 7 2014

    Photo A – I love anything to do with the ocean. Even when it involves Cats!
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    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      I didn’t even think about the fact that cats aren’t usually near the water, ha. I guess I don’t spend too much time around them!

  • Anna
    July 7 2014

    I vote C! And also… I just realized that even though I grew up in Boston and lived there 22 years, I have never been to Martha’s Vineyard. You make it looks quite pretty so I’ll have to eventually find my way there 🙂
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    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      Oh, it is time to go! I hope you’ll love it as much as I always have. There are more MV posts coming up!

  • Maddy
    July 7 2014

    A! Love the sailboat kitty.
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    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      He was a serious trooper! Full time boat cat 🙂

  • Olivia
    July 7 2014

    SIGH…. another week we’re together and I’m not in photo of the week. I guess some dreams don’t come true!!

    Anyways, photo c. UGH

    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      Girl you need to get yourself in front of the camera in a creative way! The burden is on you! Try again in November 🙂

  • Chris
    July 8 2014

    It was almost an A day, but in the end, C it is! 😉
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    • Alex
      July 8 2014

      Looks like it was tight but C is the winner this week — thanks for voting!

  • Kristen Noelle
    July 8 2014

    AAAAA. I’ve been dreaming about going sailing for the longest now — it’s been ages for me!
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    • Alex
      July 9 2014

      It was an incredibly worthy splurge! Loved it!

  • Nguyen
    July 22 2014

    Great photos! Especially the one taken from the airplane. Nice view though. Love it!
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    • Alex
      July 22 2014

      And best of all, that was with my iPhone. Love it!

  • Kim
    May 26 2017

    Excuse me for stalking you back in 2014… But Alex, did you take these photos?! They’re really really good! They all keep my interest and have such vibrant colors and great composition. I am very impressed at your skills, especially since you are best known for traveling and diving!

    Kim
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    • Alex
      May 31 2017

      Indeed I did — and thanks for the kind words! I love my Martha’s Vineyard time!

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