S: Cuba 2011
BC: HAPPILY Ever AFTER...
FC: IBEROSTAR VARADERO | MAR 21-28, 2011 | ___
1: Iberostar Varadero, Cuba | March 21-28, 2011
3: Paradise | FINALLY!
5: Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts!!
6: Beach Bums! | We spent our first full day at the beach, the waves were huge and so much fun! Other days, the ocean was calm, perfect for peddle boating and watersports.
7: SUN SAND SEA | I hope you always have a shell in your pocket... and sand in your shoes.
8: GOOD TIMES | Many fun times were had in the pool and at the pool bar. We all made friends with Charlie & Carlos, and hung out in "Drunk Island", the whirlpool area in the pool.
9: IT'S Splash TIME!
10: Pool volleyball was such a great way to pass the time one afternoon! Even Rahne joined in and played great! But when they brought out the Moonwalk, volleyball was quickly abandoned and we all watched Bobby, Brent and Bert show off some fancy footwork.
12: Gettin' Around
13: Beep Beep!! | There were so many interesting ways to get around in Cuba, from the old American cars, horse and buggy, train trolleys and the strange looking Coco Taxis, so called because they resemble the shape of a coconut.
15: The Flea Market in Varadero was full of treasures! Some of us even went back for a second day!
16: Good Food!!
17: Flip that Rice Bowl! | Lots of good food! Hamburgers & hot dogs at the beach grill, amazing wedding dinner at La Dorada, our table at the Ambrosio Buffet Restaurant was never empty during meal times, and seafood lunch at Cayo Blanco was fantastic! The Teppanyaki style Japanese restaurant was fun and different, the poolside lunches at La Parilla were really tasty, and the special Cuban dinner at La Parilla on our last night was very entertaining!
18: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love."
19: What a beautiful day for a wedding! Thirty-one degrees and sunny. The ceremony took place at two o'clock, after which we had champagne on the beach and lots of photos! Surf and Turf dinner was at La Dorada and Ginny and Steve gave two really fantastic toasts to the bride and groom. After dinner, we had a private dance party at the Beach Bar where everybody had a great time. We convinced the DJ to stay an extra 45 minutes longer and then we hit the Disco for a couple dances! A wedding in paradise.
20: BEACH BAR Dance PARTY
21: "Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance." ~ Dave Barry
23: A lazy day Catamaran cruising, snorkeling at an amazing coral reef and a visit to a scheduled island for a seafood lunch.
24: Love | DOLPHIN
25: We stopped at a Dolphinarium in the middle of the ocean & played with Jessica the Dolphin. Everybody got kisses and Rahne and Brent even got to go swimming with her!
26: Everybody had a wonderful vacation, we had a really hard time saying good-bye to Paradise. Great times, great family, beautiful memories!