In the midst of the Canadian spring/summer turnaround we decided to take off on one last winter getaway - to Nassau, Bahamas. Unfortunately it was forecast to be in the low 20's in southern Ontario which robs us of the opportunity to enhance our tropical enjoyment by pitying the frozen folks at home. But on the bright side, we noticed on the news that Alberta and Saskatchewan were just hammered with a late winter blizzard which does lend us some smug comfort.
Nassau is a special place for us as it's where Ana and I met ten years ago. In fact, yesterday we took the kids for a walk over to Atlantis and went to the exact spot in the casino where we first met. It seems that much has changed since then, but many things have also stayed the same - our passion for travel, our love for life and many of our friendships from those days which remain intact. I had forgotten how incredible the Atlantis hotel is, from the amazing detail of the architecture to the abundant marine life which seems to be everywhere. It is certainly one of the most amazing man made creations in the Caribbean and not to be missed.
We found a great deal on an all-inclusive hotel called Paradise Island Harbour Resort. This is our first real experience with an all-inclusive place and we've been quite happy with it. The best part is not having to prepare any meals and surprisingly the food is pretty good. The only irritation thus far is the place is full of young college kids from Boston who are on some sort of school break now, and are taking full advantage of the underage drinking possibilities here. We can't complain too much since it wasn't that long ago when we were that age, though I can't remember my folks having enough money to send me off to a Bahamian resort for a week!
There has been quite a bit more development here since last time, but overall not that much seems to have changed. We're hoping to meet up with an old friend, Sheldon Johnson, while we're here which will be great. Sadly, we've lost touch with our other good Bahamian friend Ruthie which is sad as we would have been very happy to see her again.
I am quite sure that yesterday Stella had the best day of her life. She woke up at 8am in an incredibly good mood and bounded out of the door and raced down to the pool, waving her hands and hollering. She had a big breakfast then spent hours outside playing on the beach, dipping in the ocean. running around the pool and playing with her brother. She then dozed off on a patio lounger under the shade of a cabana and palm trees with a strong breeze keeping her cool. She slept for a full two hours then woke up smiling ready for more action. She ate a big lunch then hopped on my shoulders for a walk to Atlantis, where she was thrilled to see the sharks, fish and rays cruising around in the giant aquariums. Upon our return she had a huge supper, then another swim in the pool and stroll on the beach and returned to the room for a nice bath and an hour of Dora before nodding off for a full night sleep. A great day for the kids always means a great day for us.
The advantage of taking a winter vacation now is that we'll be heading back to the start of a lovely Ontario summer.
Well, better get down for breakfast!