I am happy to report that this report comes from the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It was raining when we arrived in the late afternoon yesterday. I'm talking biblical kind of rain. And it was so chilly that I wore my New York City winter coat to dinner.
It was impossible to enjoy the scenery because it was already dark, but what a wonderful view I woke up to. Nice, right?
I've had the most relaxing of days: coffee, my morning pages, and NPR; delicious buffet breakfast overlooking the pool; a massage; a spa pedicure; and now a glass of wine before heading off for dinner. My goals for the next two days: 1) enjoy another massage; 2) walk on the beach; 3) read on the beach; 4) rest up! Ah . . . more soon from the other side of relaxation.
The last few days in Dubrovnik have been lovely. Days of feasting and festing have worn me out, but it was all worth it. The first day was the rehearsal dinner--we sailed to a nearby island about 45 minutes away from the main port & then dined beneath the stars on an old fort site. The octopus risotto (at least that's what I think it was) was AMAZING!
The next day we toured the Old City, a walled-in town with tons of charm and great views as we walked the city wall. This is a cruise ship destination and we could have picked a different day to tour around--the wall, the main plaza, everywhere was pretty crowded (ala Times Square) and it was hot hot hot, but the views: priceless.
Then there was the main event: the wedding! Held in a beautiful old church in the middle of the Old City--done in both Croatian and English--It was so lovely to see all the people: an amazingly diverse group-
The bride was stunning & the groom didn't look too bad himself :) -- And then it was time to party. We walked to the highest fortress where the reception was held and wow! That's about the time I stopped taking pictures because there was eating and drinking and dancing to do--all of which kept us busy until 2am, but I hear the reception didn't end until almost 4am. The bride's grandmother was one of the last ones to leave the dance floor! Good good times.
Yesterday was another short sailing trip to a nearby island where some of us swam or did cliff dives or just tried to regain our equilibrium with some food and drink.
What an awesome time. Now off to the next destination for a couple of days before heading back to real life.
Dubrovnik is beautiful. I've walked around for just a little while in the city--a walled in wonder--because of the dastardly heat, and the fact, that my jaunt into town coincided with a major cruise ship landing. Suddenly the quaint old town felt like Times Square so I headed back to the hotel for a nap and to get ready for the rehearsal dinner tonight. Tomorrow there will be more adventures. More soon.
Last week I had a lot of fun saying: I'm going to Dubrovnik. (Really, try it out--lots of good sounds are involved in that sentence.) But really, my first stop is Zagreb--yesterday evening beautiful sunny Zagreb, today it is chilly, gray Zagreb. It feels like two different cities in the span of 24 hours here.
Zagreb is sleepy. But that's just my speed with my terrible double-back reverse jet lag compunded by lack of sleep after the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference days.
Today, we ventured on the tram (always love taking public transportation in a city that has even a decent system) to the castle overlooking the city. It took some doing to get there with a faulty map and very bad (non-existent) local language skills. But got there we did and despite the cold wind, the view from the castle was totally worth it.
Then it was time to just walk around the old city. A quick visit to the "Naive Art Museum" (naive meaning folk), lunch on the main plaza, window-shopping, a visit to the cathedral, the botanical gardens, and whew that's all I could manage before the afternoon nap. There's time tomorrow to visit the open-air market in the morning and then . . . I'm going to Dubrovnik. Can't wait!
It's been a busy, exhilirating, frustrating, and exhausting trip. I've barely had any time to process all of the experiences and no time at all to blog. But I wanted to share a few photos and will blog more about the trip once I return stateside! After leaving Sharm El Sheik on Monday, we spent two days in Luxor, and yesterday we arrived in Cairo. Today it's a tour of the Egyptian Museum and walk through Islamic Cairo and the markets. Tomorrow to the Pyramids. More soon!