Bella Vida by Letty


Weird Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

Weird Travel Gadgets Collage

While doing a little online shopping I came across these weird travel accessories you didn’t know you needed.  I couldn’t stop laughing so I just had to share these with you.

1. A funky travel themed backpack to carry your things in.  From the manufacturer:

“Animal Backpacks are fashionable and cool. The printed animals are vivid that they also want to enjoy life or even a nice plane travel as human do. Specially equiped with laptop linings, provide fully protection for your laptop or tablet while on the move. You can use them for school, camping, overnight, work and more!”


For U Designs Cute Giraffe Cow Horse Sitting in the Plane Backpacks

2. In case you need some light. From the manufacturer:

“This nose LED is definitely a bold way to show your geek attitude! Imagine your nostril glows every time you exhale. Weird but fun? Then buy one to surprise your friends!”

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SeeedStudio Nose LED Kit 

3. Because you need a comfortable nap without worrying about neck pain.  He’s not even asleep and he’s having a great time.

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Embrace Sleep Collar Travel Pillow Black

4. For a relaxing and cozy nap. Look how happy she is.

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Travelrest – The Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow

5. For when you REALLY need to take a good nap. He can’t wait to get to his destination refreshed.

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Skyrest Travel Pillow

6.  For when you need privacy and support.


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Little Cloud Nine Travel Pillow (Small)

7. For when you need privacy and darkness.

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Novelty Round Linen Blue Ostrich Pillow

8. For when you absolutely need support for sleeping upright.  She looks at peace.

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Slumbervoo Travel Pillow Head Support

9. When you need help with circulation.

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Portable Airplane Travel Footrest

10.  Because comfort is your number one goal.  This guy fell asleep one man and woke up to be a completely different person.

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Travel Halo – Compact Travel Pillow – Head Stabilizer – Restful Sleep At Last!

11. She’s elated the neck cord won’t let the hood slip over her head.

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Grand Trunk Blackout Hooded Neck Pillow

12. Stay warm in style like a true fanboy.

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Star Wars Chewbacca Han Solo Reversible Hoodie

13.  Jet lag glasses because you want to start partying as soon as possible. Nobody has time for that.

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Re-Timer Light Therapy for SAD

14. Because nobody has time for that we need to look cool and speed up recovery.

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Luminette Visor Light Glasses

15. Because not looking fabulous is NOT an option.

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 LED Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Mask

16. Because nobody has time for chikungunya.

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Sea to Summit Mosquito Head Net

17. For superior bug protection.

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Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts

18. For those who have been to the Everglades and know about the swarms of mosquitoes that come out at sunset.  We don’t play.

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Sea to Summit Bug Jacket/Mitts or Pants/Socks with Insect Shield

19. Because we always need juice for all of our electronics and we might as well get in a workout while we crank away.

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10 Watt Hand Crank Generator Charges All Portable Electronics

20. Because UV Face protection is a must.

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Ever soft Facekini , face-kini UV Sun Protection 


Did you find any of these gadgets useful?  Which ones would you buy?


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World’s Tallest Free Standing Cross in St. Augustine Florida

Cross in St. Augustine

The world’s tallest free standing cross can be found in St. Augustine, Florida on the historic grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios and the first Christian church in the US.  I read about it while researching my trip to St. Augustine in the roadside oddities list and was curious to see it in person.  Giant crosses are not something you see every day.

You don’t have to be religious to visit the grounds.  I’m not.  It’s a peaceful place laid out like a park with lots of shade and a winding path where every so often you will find manmade religious relics.  The path continues over a small bridge with a pond on one side and Matanzas Bay on the other leading to a cemetery and the old mission structure.  The church and gift shop are near the street and parking.  You are not required to enter either.

The stainless steel cross is located in the center of the grounds and rises 208 feet above the marshes of the Matanzas River.  It was built in 1965 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christianity and founding of the city.  It is placed where it is said the founder of St. Augustine, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés  placed a small wooden cross.  Pedro Menendez de Aviles was sent by the Spanish crown to drive out the French colonists.  Matanzas is a Spanish word that means slaughter.  These waters were named so because of the amount of soldiers killed by Menéndez and his men.  According to the NNDB database: “His letters prove him to have been a pious and high minded officer, who never imagined that he could be supposed by any honest man to have gone too far in massacring the Frenchmen, whom he regarded as pirates and heretics.”

Cross Collage

The prettiest spot here is the Chapel of the Lady of La Leche in the small cemetery under the canopy of large shade trees.  A lovingly restored building dating back to the 1700’s made of coquina stone, a natural rock formed from seashells.  It is a small Spanish mission style structure beautifully covered in bright green vines.  The chapel houses a replica statue of Our Lady of La Leche.  It is said thousands of pilgrims come to ask the statue for motherhood and other blessings.


Recent archaeological excavations have uncovered a few other coquina structures on the property.

I recommend visiting this location for a peaceful getaway from the heat and the wonderful breeze off the bay in a park like atmosphere.

Have you visited this historic place in St. Augustine?



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