Posts Tagged ‘volcano’

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!

The day before we left for our Hawaiian getaway, a sigh of relief swept over me as I saw the familiar yellow and black packaging in my mailbox.

It was the next Bzzagent campaign – Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles!

Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles

I quickly removed my old, flimsy inserts, cut my new Dr. Scholl’s insoles to size, placed them into my sneakers and finished packing for the trip.

I didn’t end up wearing my sneakers that often on the trip, but I knew they would come in most handy when we explored and hiked around Volcano National Park on the Big Island.

The true test came when we drove down to the Kilauea lava field by the ocean.  The terrain was very uneven with lava rocks of different shapes and sizes, some more challenging to traverse than others.

As I started to navigate my way over the lava field, I noticed how comfortable my feet felt…especially for someone who used to suffer from plantar fasciitis!

Volcano National Park

The insoles were doing their job by providing great comfort and cushioning!  I wasn’t sure how far we’d go, but we ended up walking to the “End of Trail”, and my feet felt great!

"End of Trail" - Volcano National Park

I’m pleased to say that after the trip, my feet still feel good, and I’m sold on Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles!

BzzAgent was kind enough to include eight $4.00 off coupons for me to share with friends and family.  If you’d like a coupon,  just leave a comment, & I’d be more than happy to send you one as long as I have some left.

Bzz bzz…

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Have you ever stayed at a hotel that left you speechless?

Back in 2010 when my hubby and I planned our dream honeymoon, we decided to splurge (just a little) on one hotel throughout the entire trip so that way we’d have more spending cash for other things like excursions, souvenirs and dining experiences.

First we had to decide on our splurge location…and that was an easy choice – the stunning Greek island of Santorini.

Now the hard part – choosing a place to stay among the many cliff hugging, magical, white washed hotels that just oozed charm.

After going back and forth, we decided on this gem:

Hotel KetiHotel Keti is located in Fira Town, Capital of Santorini

The “Cavehouse Suite” was our first choice, but it was already booked, so we stayed in a “Double Superior” room which worked our perfectly!  At 120 euros a night, it was a splurge to us, but compared to the neighboring hotels…it was quite a bargain!

Room in Hotel KetiThe room was quaint, simple & modern.
Hotel KetiThe bathroom was spacious with a jacuzzi tub.

But here’s the real reason we chose this hotel:

View from Hotel Keti
 Stunning views right outside our door!
IMG_0599_r1Private terrace time
View from the front doorDoorway to paradise!
Hotel KetiTalk about grand entrance!
View of Fira from our terrace.
Enjoying vino and the viewsVino + Gorgeous Views = Happy Jen!

Sure, you have to walk down almost 100 winding cobblestone steps to reach the hotel, but with views like this…it’s so worth it!  (And if you need a little assistance, a porter is available to carry your bags…for 20 euros.)

Breathtaking viewsCruise ships in the harbor.

The front desk personnel were extremely friendly & very helpful with directions, excursions & suggestions on things to do.

Welcoming committeeWe even had a welcoming committee (who was very cute!)

Little did we know that on our last night in Santorini was the annual  fireworks display commemorating the eruption of the volcano.

Fireworks advertisement

All we had to do was step outside our door to the best seats in the house, kick back & be awed by the vibrant, beautiful display in the distance.

Virtual volcanic eruptionFlares and fireworks created a virtual representation of the volcanic eruption.



IMG_0737_r1Fireworks then continued over Fira lighting up the town.





Honeymooning in Santorini and staying at Hotel Keti was definitely the highlight of the trip.  If you ever consider traveling to Santorini, I wholeheartedly recommend getting swept away by this magical jewel!

Hotel KetiTrust me, you won’t be disappointed!

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