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Unexpected Benefits!


Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I tried to write this yesterday, but just had difficulty doing it. I think I just needed a mental day off. ;) I flew home on Mon. (2 days ago) from taking a cruise with my sister. Wow, it seems like it's been much longer. I think since it was an unscheduled vacation it was maybe harder to adjust afterward?.?.

We had a great time and I am so glad I decided to go, even though it was last minute. It was a cruise on the Carnival ship Fantasy from Wed.-Mon. We left out of Charleston, SC and cruised down to Freeport, then Nassau and then back to Charleston. I had never been to
Charleston, so was very excited to be able leave from there. My plane got in early afternoon on Tues., so I had half a day to explore!! Walking along the breakwater in the historical district was amazing! There was the ocean to my left and the grandous mansions to my right! Parks galore. Only small negative was due to the fact that they have so many horse drawn carts showing visitors the sights, that you occasionally think you're back at the farm. ;)

The next day, my sister & I took the taxi all of 4 blocks to the cruise ship. We could see it from our hotel door! (I know being health conscious we should have walked, but pulling luggage over brick, stone & uneven pavement was not my idea of a good way to start off a vacation. We'd probably break a wheel off the suitcase and really have a problem then!)

Our first full day was on the water, so it was very relaxing. At dinner, a couple of us decided to have different names. (Well ok. I confess I started it by telling our waiter, David, that I didn't want to be called Tobi that evening, but Natasha instead.) Thus, starting the silliness at our table each evening. The gals created new names every evening. :) Our waiters were so fun and I think the dinners were most of our favorite times on the ship!

The two islands we visited (Freeport & Nassau) were very different from each other. I think this is possibly due to the population being so different. On Freeport we took a bicycle excursion which was around 13 miles, going to a botanical garden for lunch and then ending up on a white sandy beach to play in the ocean for awhile. Before heading back to the ship, a bus took us to a shopping market. They wanted us to spend more money, so of course we willingly abliged. :) the next day we were in Nassau and decided to "do our own thing". Went to breakfast at a local cafe, walked around to see the old historical gov. buildings, then took a taxi to Atlantis to check it out. Wow, what a resort!!! Breathtaking and enormous! My sister took lots of pics! The last full day was also on the water, so again was very relaxing. (Got to finish the Hunger Games & The 9th Judgement during this trip.)

My sister & I don't really get much chance to have one-on-one time with each other, with either her family or mine around most of the time. So, this was a really good opportunity for us to re-connect. I love my sister very much and don't get a chance to show it very often. Even though the cruise was wonderful, my favorite part of the entire trip was being able to share it with her! :) Love you, Pitty Pat!

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LENKA763 4/5/2012 2:30PM

    anytime you spend with your family, and especially in this fun way is great!
glad you had great time.

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MIDDLTEACH 4/4/2012 7:10PM

    How super that you got to spend time together and get an unexpected vacation. You're right- one-on-one time with the ones we love gets more and more rare as we get older. You sound like you were so active that you counter-acted any "lifestyle changes" you goofed up on. Shipboard life is fun and filled with new and different things to do. It was an interesting post- thanks.
Linda

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JSALERNO 4/4/2012 4:45PM

    SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF FUN!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/4/2012 4:01PM

    Sounds like this rejuvenated you! What a wonderful time. I love your name game! I had wondered where you were since I had not seen you on spark in a while.

Thanks for sharing your great time with us.

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VETTRANGER 4/4/2012 2:23PM

    Sounds like a great vacation! My wife and I only took one cruise ... I booked one for us for our 25th anniversary. It was an outstanding vacation, but we ate FAR too much! LOL



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