More beautiful skies in Isla. Dan and I took a drive over to Madeira, art and food for lunch. The burgers are rated best on the island. They did not lie! The smashed baked potato with a secret sauce was the perfect side. I shopped a little and we walked across to catch another glimpse of the Caribbean Sea. Look closely at the rocks below and you can see our shadows!
Can we grow aloe this big at home?
We walked next door to Sunset Grill for dinner. Everyone had the Greek Island fish and I had grilled chicken. We shared a key lime pie. Perfect finish to the day with a nightcap at Skull’s and off to bed.
Thank you Phil Martin! It was an awesome trip and an unforgettable 35th anniversary!
I started my day with coffee and a new friend. There are several of these guys who patrol Skull’s and keep it safe from other pesky creatures. I got some great shots on the Fuji camera but for some reason it’s not communicating with the phone, so all the photos you are seeing were taken on the iPhone XR. The camera on this phone is excellent.
Dan and I took the can-am to explore the island. Dan made a quick friend.
We ventured down to the Caribbean side and walked the rocky beach. I found some great rocks. Hope I don’t have to buy another suitcase to get them home.
The cemetery was quite intriguing. They are buried above ground of course, and the graves are highly decorated and loving memorials to the ancestors. I can imagine that the Day of the Dead is an amazing event to experience.
After that we drove the road that circles the island. We stopped back at Suenos to quench our thirst and get a bite.
Another stop at the store for coffee and wine and back to Skull’s for the siesta.
We met Teresa and Jimmy for dinner by the bay. If the first day of 2019 is any indication of the rest of the year, well all I can say is wow! I am so grateful to have this opportunity and such wonderful friends, and an incredible family. Happy New Year to all!
Giant plate of chicken nachos to start.
I know, these look weird. They are Brussels sprouts tacos with deep fried spinach! They were yummy! I ate my first brussel sprout ever. And I’m sure they were healthy too!
Lastly were the coconut shrimp tacos. Needless to say we do not go to bed hungry!
Charleston is a fascinating city. We drove from Myrtle Beach down highway 17. We stopped at Huntington Beach State Park and visited Atalaya, the home of Anna and Archie Huntington. Archie was a philanthropist and writer. Anna was a twentieth century sculptor known for her realistic animal sculptures. They built the modern castle on land that had been a rice plantation. It’s a fascinating work of art. Anna loved all animals and she was a breeder of Scottish Deerhounds. There were also stalls for the horses, and even pens for the occasional bear. Anna would only use live models for her sculptures. It’s difficult to get a proper perspective of the house without being there. It’s like a giant labyrinth.
We entered Charleston over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It’s a suspension bridge that crosses the Cooper River. It’s quite impressive. It is a cable-stayed bridge that’s 575 feet high. The total length is 13,200 feet!
After settling in at the hotel we went for a walk to see what was nearby. Old Charleston reminds me of New Orleans. It’s a beautiful city with lots of old churches and historic buildings. The harbor park is beautiful and you can see Ft. Sumter in the distance and the USS Yorktown across the bay. We had dinner at Old Towne Grill & Seafood. It’s a Greek restaurant so of course we ate there. The owner was actually visiting Greece so I didn’t get to practice my Greek. The food was incredible! The avgolemeno soup was the best I’ve ever eaten. (No offense to my Annoula). I bought a large jar of their spices to bring home. Dan had moussaka and I had the gyro plate. We got Greek potatoes as our side. We did not leave hungry! I almost forgot the mention the dolmathes for an appetizer, along with a delicious Greek white wine.
We ended the night at the market. On Fridays and Saturdays they have local artisans and there were three buildings full of paintings, jewelry, stained glass and many unique items. Oh and the pralines…..well I bought a pound of them. They told me they would be good for 14 days! We’ll see if they make it home. I bought this lamp, can’t really explain how they put it together. The lighthouse painting is done on reclaimed tin from the area by an artist named James Trimm. He paints only with his fingers and fingernail.
What a great first day!
I haven’t been working in my art journal as much as I thought I would. The artist happy cards are a quick art fix. Thursday I glued some shells in my journal and added some doodles. It’s a happy beach page.
We came out of the resort restaurant Monday night and the ocean was this beautiful pink! The sun sets around 8:30 in Myrtle Beach. Of course the beach faces the east. I had my phone and snapped these photos. They were not altered in any way! I took the elevator to our condo on the 17th floor and looked out to the west. This glorious fireball sun was behind the clouds. Quite a contrast from the soft, silky pink on the other side.
I should note that the pink sea photos were taken at 8:36 and 8:37, and the fireball sun was taken at 8:41 pm.
copyright Toni Hooper 2018