How could I forget the video of Sophie on the trapeze? A highlight of the trip for our little one, without a doubt.
But we can still reminisce about paradise by looking at the photos. Here are a final few that sum up our terrific week. I think it’s time to start planning our return to this heavenly place. Thanks, Club Med Punta Cana, for an amazing vacation!
…but not quite yet. One more full day of bliss before boarding a plane back to smog, traffic, work and the stresses of real life.
I wish I could stop time. For another week or two. We’re about halfway through our week at the Club Med in Punta Cana, and I don’t recall the last time I truly appreciated not having a schedule or responsibilities.
Need I say anything more? In this case, a picture really is worth a thousand words.
It’s very early in the morning, and we are just about to board our plane to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Turquoise sea, here we come. I cannot wait to do nothing for a week. Well, almost nothing. Swimming, tennis, gym…
Boy, did that go fast. At this time last week, the ship was leaving Miami on its way to Grand Cayman.
We had a great time. Missed the girls, especially towards the end of the trip, but I have to admit that it was so very nice to do the things that we wanted to do, when we wanted to do them. Never in a million years would we have been able to take the girls ziplining in Belize (yes, that’s me in the photo) or take a 7-hour excursion to see the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico in 100+ degree heat. That gorgeous beach in the photo above was the view from the ruins – it’s no wonder the Mayans considered Tulum a sacred site. The setting was breathtaking.
We enjoyed the cruise itself, even though it was very crowded. 3600 passengers, 1/3 of whom were kids. How nice that none of the 1,200 children was our responsibility!
– Trying snuba for the first time in Grand Cayman. A cross between snorkeling and scuba – we were able to dive about 20 feet below the surface of the water and see a shipwreck. The oxygen tank was on a raft floating above us and we breathed through a hose that was attached to the tank by a very long cable.
– Ziplining in the Belizean jungle. Very cool. Very fast. Very high. I was a little disappointed not to see more wildlife, except for mosquitoes.
– Not getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes while ziplining. In fact, not one bite. That’s never happened to me before – I’m usually their dessert. Our avoidance of a mosquito attack was entirely due to my super-duper chemical Deet spray.
– Spending quality time with the hubby.
– The Mayan ruins in Tulum – as I said, just a beautiful setting. But so freakin’ hot. We took a ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen on the mainland. There were lots of new hotels there and it would probably be a great place to take the kids.
– Placing third in the cruise’s blackjack tournament. Came very close to winning $500, but got slammed with a horrible last hand. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted. And I did win some tacky Carnival giveaways.
– Getting a facial and a massage. How relaxing!
– Leaving work and everyday stress behind.
Tomorrow we reunite with Sophie. Yeah! Chloe is with her great-aunt and great-uncle for another week, attending day camp there. I’ll fetch her next weekend. And I can’t wait to see them both. Because as much fun as it was to get away for the week, it’ll be really nice to give them hugs again.