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The Boulders

When I wake up on my birthday, I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. I also feel like the old TV show, "Queen for a Day"! Brad gives me cards throughout the day, starting the moment I open my eyes! 364 days a year, I am the first one up. On my birthday, Brad gets up to have that first sip of coffee with me.

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After a latte, we drove out to the Boulders Resort, about 25 miles outside of Scottsdale.
http://theboulders.com/?src=ppc_google_brand&s_kwcid=the%20boulders|1041093134

Our first stop was El Pedregal, the shopping and dining complex near the resort.
http://www.elpedregal.com/

Brad bought one of my birthday gifts in a nice shop there (details later).
The buildings, and casitas at The Boulders blend in with the rock formations and desert landscape. I would imagine it beautiful at sunset. After walking around the resort, we visited the Four Seasons Resort, just down the road. We had a good lunch in their dining room.

The Arizona desert is beautiful, especially with the cactus in bloom, and the surrounding mountains. It is very different than the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area where we live. Our area is much more of an oasis with palm trees and tropical flowers everywhere, and more agriculture (dates, citrus, and even grapes). I think it is even drier. Since we are just two hours from the ocean, we get a LITTLE humidity. In Arizona, 105 felt much hotter than it does at home!

It was definitely time for gelato and a nap!

Comments (3)

Oy, Palma! Happy birthday. Do you know how much pleasure I get watching you two enjoy yourselves?

Ciao, Palma,
After eading your posts, I am under the impression that you enjoy Italian food, culture and lifestyle. My wife Sally and I run cooking holidays in Sabina, one of the most unspoilt areas of Italy. The classes are held in Toffia, a medieval hilltop village surrounded by olive groves and fruit orchards. Sabina is located exactly between Rome and Umbria. It is truly authentic Italy and not the 'Walt Disney' version of it set up for tourists that you will find in Tuscany. No bus loads of touirsts, no menus in English or German but real Italians getting on with their lives, sipping a cappuccino 'al bar', buying fresh 'frutta & verdura' and 'pane fresco'. An opportunity to sample great food and wine and to experience the Italian lifestyle.
For your information and reference, you can have a look at our website if you wish.

Grazie mille!
Guido

You are queen for the day! Happy Birthday to you and your prince charming.

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