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!
Teresa, jimmy, Dan and I went to Suenos for dinner. Omar greeted us like old friends. We sat out looking across the water with Cancun in the distance. It was a great time, lots of laughing and telling stories. A few shots of tequila made the night! Afterwards we went back to Skull’s and watched distant fireworks from the roof. Our own little private getaway! There’s nothing like spending our 35th anniversary in paradise!
Dan had lobster and some kind of fishy thing.
Teresa and I just had to have one more shot. Smooth tequila goes down just fine!
Dessert was fried Oreos and ice cream.
Needless to say the tequila caused a bit of a technical problem and my fireworks photos were…..well a little out of focus. But trust me they were spectacular.
Monday we drove to Patriots Point to the Maritime Museum. It was incredible. You cannot imagine the size of an aircraft carrier loaded with helicopters, jets and radar airplanes. The USS Yorktown aircraft carrier was pretty spectacular. It’s the size of a small city. Also on site was the submarine USS Clamagore built in 1945 and a destroyer USS Laffey launched in 1943. I have never been on ships before. The submarine is not for the claustrophobic. We went onto the sub and down the first set of steps, not too bad. When we got inside I had to go right back out. Dan went through the small sub and said it was very tight. Glad I came back out. I have a lot of photos but I’ll only post a few here. My dad joined the navy near the end of WWII. He was only 16. I can say that even though he was only on a cargo ship for a few months that I am very proud that he volunteered to serve his country. Pretty good for the son of Greek immigrants.
The USS Clamagor
Move over Maverick, Toni is your wingman. I’m in the cockpit of an F9F Cougar.
The USS Yorktown
After an educational day at the maritime museum we ended the day at two oyster bars and an Irish pub! What a grand finish. Good thing we walked everywhere! Charleston is a really fun place to visit. The restaurants are the best and there is so much history. You will not be disappointed!
Fried green tomatoes at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar and below the actual oysters.
Later in the night at the Oyster House. Dan has she crab soup, and grilled oysters. Topping the night was Irish coffee with Jamison’s and Reese’s Pie. Really glad we had to walk it off!
We will head back to Nashville on Tuesday with one stop at Congaree National Park and spend the night in Newport, Tennessee. We will have a rest and wash some clothes. Looking forward to the next adventure.