FC: PARADISE | Saint Lucia, West Indies February 20 - 27, 2014
1: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. St. Augustine
6: Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. Seneca
11: OUR OWN
14: I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this - that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. Hilaire Belloc
19: A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu
22: Nadine's 40th Birthday What an amazing way to spend my 40th birthday! On a tropical island with Al during one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record! Sun, relaxation and snorkeling! I couldn't think of anything better. One of extra-special touches I never expected was the private boat ride and snorkeling trip on Feb 24th. It was SO romantic, just the two of us, the captain and the first mate. It was so great to have our own private snorkel, which they don't usually do. They also surprised me with a beautiful plate of sweets with "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate syrup. Yum! The adventure continued on Feb 25th when we went on an amazing multi-destination boat trip with 5 other couples. We shopped in the town of Castries, visited the volcano hot springs and warm waterfalls. We stopped for a traditional island lunch consisting of spicy chicken and
23: other delicious regional dishes. Piton beer was the drink of choice. Once again, there was a birthday surprise -- a giant chocolate cake with over 30 people singing happy birthday to me! Wow! It cannot go ignored that the driver of the boat was a bit of an Evil Knievil; I did not like his driving one bit! Maybe lucky for us, we broke down and spent a good bit of time going a speed that was much more to my liking. It was only a temporary lull since our next boat and driver wasn't much better. All in all, my 40th birthday was very special. It would not have been possible without my amazing husband and best friend, Al. We had such a wonderful time, resting, relaxing, going on our journeys and just being alone together, just the two of us. It was such a great trip. Can't wait till the next one!