Well another wonderful holiday on my favourite island.
Flew out with Virgin in PE. Used the twilight check-in service and got extra leg-room seats upstairs, which was wonderful. Managed to get told off by the flight crew when ducatigirlsam and hubby-to-be came and sat opposite us on the crew seat for a drink though...tee hee!
Arrived at CM and did a quick trip to Big Bs before they closed for the holiday the following day - you know, all the essentials - Banks, Mount Gay, Coke, oh and a little food!
The hotel continues to be well maintained and the view from our room was great. First night tradition of Just Grillin had to be observed before crashing out.
I won't cover each day of the next 3 weeks because you'll all fall asleep, but to summarise.....
Stoutes wonderful as usual
Did some old familiar favourites -
Bstro 59 - at Coral Mist - Variable breakfasts, fab lunches (flying fish sandwich and chips or salad - yum!) and one evening meal (that was massively salty)
Champers (bit of a probem with table booking, but food still good)
The Cliff (wonderful)
Mr Delicious (fab roti)
Oistins on a friday - fab food at The Fish Net, good chilled evenings.
- together with some new places for us -
Lone Star (whilst hob-nobing with the Emeldas - v nice)
McBrides (great fish)
Round House (great lunch)
Wispers (gorgeous setting, but didn't feel food/service were as good as the Cliff)
Indian Grill (fab roti)
Shakers (best of the lot - $70+BDS for 3 Banks, 2 cokes, rum&coke, 2 fish dinners and a massive mudslide dessert drink - Turn up by Bubbas and then left just before the Chicken Galore sign - will definitely go there next trip)
Weather was fantastic for the whole 3 weeks, some cloud but rain was all at night.
Managed to visit quite a few places including Brighton Beach and Foul Bay which were both desserted, Malibu Beach Club for the tour (Malibu here is 22$BDS a litre vs 36$BDS in the supermarket), Bottom Bay (bit busy the day we went as a travel insurance ad was being filmed), Miami Beach (my fave), Bathsheba. Amazingly only had a divorce moment whilst driving and getting lost once in 10 days of car hire and that was trying to find Foul Bay (easy if you follow the beach access sign and don't try and follow the map by taking a road beforehand!!!). Of course a special mention of the visit to the Emelda mansion at Royal Westmoreland - what a place, beautiful.
Roots & Rhythms show - fab, but followed by a strange fuzzy-headed feeling the next day....blamed on the stop at Mojos on the way home.
Cool Runnings - Fab day out apart from the man sitting next to me who kept crossing his legs and putting his foot in my face. Great crew & food.
Horse racing - great way of amusing my parents on their cruise stop when thye had to stay out of the sun (due to a little too much the day before on a jeep in St Lucia!)
Diving - With Roger's scuba shack - Did some great dives. No more than 4 people with me each time. Did the Stavronikita with just one other plus the divemaster.
Sunday at Crystal Waters - Ah, turned up just as the music finished.....maybe next time!
TA Beach Picnic - Got there early to stake our pitch then realised we had no way of recognising people. Good that the first few to turn up were people we knew from CM or past trips. Great to meet Sunnie and ButterflySue.
The wedding of the year - fab day, including preparations, for Sam's wedding. Every went like clockwork and the photos do the day justice (now looking forward to reception this weekend!)
Flight home was as good as a flight home can be....boooo.
Next task: Book up for next year!!!! Never too early.