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A New Year – 2017

I awoke this morning to the sound of steel drums and roosters crowing…..a true Caribbean experience.    Honestly, I’m loving sitting here on the balcony enjoying the dawn and the sounds of the hard core revellers not so far away.  Johnny sleeps 🙂

New Year’s Eve was a lovely meal at the hotel with the staff even more excited than the guests.  Everyone adorned with party hats, sounds makers and the excitement one feels when yet another year draws to a close with a new one rolling in just behind.  Our favourite server Andrea (An DRAY ahh) had Johnny to a photo of the me with her and then did a selfie with the 3 of us….we sat next to a lovely Dutch couple and chatted, ate, sipped wine and listened to a guitarist for hours.  Finally, we went for a walk on the beach where all the partiers were gathering for music and eventual fire works.

YOU KNOW US….we really aren’t the group party kind of people,, so we headed back to the room (it was 10:30 ish), watched the rest of a movie and actually were awake with the TV off and lights out when the fire works started…they sounded great 🙂

So here I am in 2017.  We have been so sluggish the past week we spent the last day of 2016 walking….to a mall a couple of km away….stopped for a snack and pineapple juice on the beach on the way home….grabbed our suits, had lunch then spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach….went swimming (forgot to take my readers off my head and they are now just another piece of plastic in the sea)…..went back to room, changed and wandered up to the village like area a few blocks away and picked up a few needed items……over 20,000 steps on my Fitbit for the last day of 2017…not bad!

No photos….the music is still playing……the roosters still crowing……Welcome to 2017!  Happy New Year!!!  xo Johnny (asleep) & Melva (not) – 6:44 a.m. January 1, 2017.

Trying again . . . .

Miss Lynn wondered where my photos were….I’m usually SO much better at posting…..we arrived on Saturday the 24th of December……and then went on an all day tour on Tuesday 26th….the other days all look like this – not necessarily in this order….

  • wake up
  • shower
  • breakfast
  • beach/swim
  • beach/walk
  • lunch
  • beach/swim
  • cocktails on our balcony
  • dinner
  • walk
  • reading takes place on the beach, the balcony
  • one afternoon we went to a local mall

Our next excursion is a Safari style excursion inland – on Tuesday 3rd of January 🙂

We are having a VERY relaxing v acation . . .  some photos….

Honestly, if I tell you I want to go to an all inclusive again…..remind me that it’s really not our style…kk? 🙂


reading on the balcony


beach erosion is destroying the waterfront stores in el Corticito



browsing the local shops in el Cortecito



This area is VERY popular with Russians



These ones are at the medieval village outside of La Romana



These are on Isla Catalena on our catamaran tour



cruising the River Chavon on a paddle wheeler (with an outboard)


Nativity Scene at the San Juan Shopping Centre


19 More Sleeps!!!

November flew!  My oldest daughter and I went on a Mom/Daughter road trip to celebrate her 30th birthday!  She is a nurse and I picked her up at the hospital at 7:30 a.m. after an all night shift and we hit the 417 – Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada bound!  She nodded off for a few moments but for the most part stayed awake to entertain me along the way.  The weather was clear, the roads were dry and we arrived at the home of my youngest daughter not long after dark.

We spent 3 nights seeing the  sights of Saint John (we have both been there before)…but our prime goal had been to watch the youngest daughter playing in a Football game on Saturday morning…..welllll……she went early and we wandered over once the game was started, couldn’t see her on the field…but there she was on the side lines….as we got closer we realized she was holding a big bag of ice on her knee and she looked in pain….DARN….she insisted upon staying at the game to watch her team mates (they won)…..then we headed to emerge to have the leg checked out….the emerge doctor prescribed crutches and recommended a visit to her doctor the following week….it was painful and she had a tough few weeks but luckily it didn’t require surgery.  She was a trooper all weekend and she hobbled around on crutches and we stilled enjoyed ourselves.

Monday morning the oldest and I hopped into the car and headed to Prince Edward Island where we were going to go to our new cottage to see what had been left behind  (the sale had closed on October 17th).  We stopped in Shediac, NB for lunch and a photo shoot with the giant lobster, we dropped by a great 2nd hand/antique store in Charlottetown and then headed out to Savage Harbour, PEI to see the new cottage.  My daughter hadn’t been there before, but she loved the cottage, the space and especially the BEACH!  It was a cool November day and there were no lights or heat at the cottage (power off) so we really just did a walk-through, dropped off a few things we had brought down then we headed off on a tour of the the north shore, round to Summerside and then back to Charlottetown and off to dinner at a nice restaurant where we had lobster for the 2nd?  or was it 3rd time in 4 days? 🙂

Early Tuesday we left Charlottetown, stopped at tourist store near the Confederation Bridge, did out ‘Anne of Green Gables’ dress up photos and turned the car toward Quebec City.  Arrived in Quebec City around 5 pm ish…..checked into our awesome little boutique hotel in lower town Old Quebec…did some wandering, grabbed a bite to eat….and watched the U.S. Elections *sigh*…..SIGH…..SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Wednesday morning, breakfast, wandered around Quebec City for a while longer then hopped into the car and headed back home to Ottawa.

SO……today, it’s December 12th……..weeks have gone by……..winter has started and my husband and I are counting the sleeps until we head off to spend our first Christmas on a Sandy Beach!  Last year I made the decision that 2016 was going to be the away for Christmas trip…future years we may have grand children and feel the ‘tug’ to be near the family… …December 24th @ 6 a.m. we head off to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic…..2 weeks…..yipppeeeee!  Home again on January 7, 2017…..STAY TUNED!


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