Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sea Grapes and Fish Eyes

We're back!  We were so lucky to have spent the last week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  We had such a great time - but we are glad to be home!  We arrived on Saturday, June 19 (after a two hour delay at O'Hare!) and were ready to sit in the sun!  But, oh, was cloudy.  In fact, it was cloudy most of the trip but we actually preferred that because we got sun without the burn; we got dark without the crispy burnt lobster feel.

On the plane, heading to our gate

Our room!

The view from our room

On Sunday, we celebrated our one year anniversary with a private dinner on the beach at sunset.  The hotel also gave us a plate of fresh fruit and champagne in our room! 

At dinner

Our waiter had fun posing us and taking pictures with my camera.  I was laughing in this picture because it felt like our wedding day all over again with all the posing!

We spent Monday and Tuesday relaxing in the pool and on the beach.  It was really nice to just unwind with a good book!  On Wednesday, after a day in the pool, we treated ourselves to deep tissue massages at the amazing spa.  We spent an hour in the hydrotherapy room beforehand.  SO NICE!

On Thursday, we got up and went horseback riding!  It was really nice because it was just us and a guide.  We got to ride our horses down the beach and also through the countryside of the Dominican Republic.  My horse's name was Casita (Little House in Spanish) and Rob's horse's name was Cubalibre (Rum and Coke in Spanish - how fitting!).  We had a great time with those horses!  

Urban cowboys....I look like a police officer with that helmet and my sunglasses!

After horseback riding, we went right back to the beach (OF COURSE!).  On Friday, we spent the day relaxing and ended it with more fabulous spa treatments: a hot stone massage for Rob and an after-sun facial for me.  That night, at dinner, our waiter surprised us with champagne and steak and lobster dinners since it was our last night there.  So YUMMY!  We didn't have to leave for the airport until 4:00 on Saturday, so we spent the morning swimming in the pool.  We were able to take showers in the spa since we had to check out earlier.  The flight was good, but long, and we were so excited to get home to see our baby, Francis.  I'm not sure who was more excited: her or me!

You're probably wondering why I titled this entry, "Sea Grapes and Fish Eyes."  On Friday, Rob and I spent some time being goofy (go figure!) and hunting on the beach for those clear watery balls that wash ashore.  Along with those, I found some amber colored disks that had a sort of membrane around them...they looked like eyes!  And you KNOW I took some pictures!

One of the sea grapes!  Rob enjoyed splattering them on the sand.

Rob holding up a fish eye

My prized "fish eye!"

Hanging out under a palapa with margaritas!

Playing on the beach

That same day, I came across a lonely puppy dog hanging out on the beach.  I lovingly named him Jim.  He was so cute but he only made me miss Francis more!

Me and Jim

Yes, we didn't have the most sun (Thursday and Saturday were the best days) but like I said, we preferred it that way.  We were able to sit out all day without being uncomfortable and we weren't in pain from the sun either.  It rained everyday, but we were lucky because it was mostly at night when it didn't matter.  In fact, it rained so hard on Wednesday night, the entire hotel lost power!  It was kind of creepy!  Power in the Dominican is hard to come by, so needless to say, there wasn't any backup power!  

We also met a few people and had fun with them, just about every night, mostly hanging out at our favorite bar "Rendezvous," watching the nightly shows, and even ended up in the disco one night.  The night we arrived, we met a fantastic couple, Jacynthe and Greg, from Halifax.  We really enjoyed their company.  We had dinner with them the first night and spent just about every evening with them!  They were there to plan their wedding for next June!  How exciting!

Rob, Me, Jacynthe, and Greg

Champagne and a cigar - so classy

Bye-bye pool  :c (

About to board the plane - you enter/exit the plane outside in the Dominican because the airport doesn't even have walls!

All in all, we had a amazing trip to Punta Cana.  It was a great way to spend our first anniversary.  The Dominican people are unbelievably friendly and it is absolutely gorgeous there.  If you were ever thinking about going there, we highly recommend it!
Glad to be back!  xoxo

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