Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Mini Vacation in my Mind

I've talked about how much I love the pretty turquoise water of the Caribbean and how we are/were big fans of cruises.  I'm about cruised out, to tell ya the truth.  You've done about 10 or so cruises and I am tired of coming into port to enjoy an island with 3000 plus voyagers  streaming off that ship. 

Cruises are an extremely cheap way to get to see places you may not have been able to fly to separately.  Your transportation, meals and lodging are all there for you.  I'm not saying I wouldn't do it again, because I have been looking at Europe and the Greek Islands.  Like I said, it is a pretty cheap way to see the world. So I thought I would share some of that pretty water with you.

Our last cruise was to the Southern Caribbean and our middle daughter was able yo meet us and share our cabin.  Also, one of my best friend's daughters with her best friend had a cabin near us as well.  I loved sharing the islands with my girls.  The pictures are from that cruise, as well as others.

                                         
                                                              Grand Turk

 This guy came to the beach in a ratty little boat full of papaya and mangoes to sell.


                                                             
                                                                St. Kitts

                                                
                                                                      Barbados

                                                      
                                                       St. Thomas, my favorite Island since our first cruise, until we took the ferry over to St. John, where the cruise ships don't have a port.....It is serene and quiet.  I fell in love with St. John.  ( And it doesn't hurt that it's the island where Kenny Chesney has a home.  Me and and my newly adopted son, Kenny.   So we had to hit one of the bars we've read he frequented.  I don't know if it's true, but we had fun, so he should too.)





                                                                     The Painkiller
                                                          
                                                          
The official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands and one of the most popular mixed drinks in the Caribbean, the painkiller drink recipe is traditionally made with Pusser's Rum.
SERVES 1-2
2-4 oz. of Pusser's Rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cream of coconut
1 oz. orange juice
Grated fresh nutmeg

      
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add first four ingredients and stir. Pour into cocktail glasses and top with grated nutmeg.

This is luscious.  I have found any Rum will do.  It's a taste of the Islands.  Join me on a little trip, if only in our minds.

7 comments:

Laura said...

I enjoyed your little virtual vacation. And that drink...I may have to try that!

mary said...

I have never been on a cruise, but have friends that are addicted. I really like to see the area I am in when I visit a place, so the short duration of the stops would frustrate me. I would enjoy the food and fun on board, however. My husband and I honeymooned in Cayman Islands many years ago. The island beaches are just beautiful.

Kathy said...

Oh no! You had to show me those beautiful photos of that gorgeous blue water and white sand...It makes the beaches here look sad :(

I'm seriously thinking I need to take a cruise...sometime next year!

Sweet Tea said...

I could do with one of those cocktails now. What beautiful photos! I've only cruised once but have been thinking about taking another.

Intense Guy said...

I enjoyed the mini-brain-cation (hey, if you can have stay-cations, why not brain-cations?) and your wonderful photos!

I love how blue the water is "down there" and how white the sand is...

Deanna said...

We've been on many cruises too - I believe seven, but I'm not sure. We rented mopeds on St. Kitts and rode around the Island. That is one of my favorite cruise memories. after the first few cruises, we quit taking the shore excursions offered by the cruise lines and headed out on our own. Parasailing in Jamaica is one of my other favorite memories. I am also burnt out on cruising for the time being. We've been trying to do more of our traveling right here in the good ol' USA. My goal right now is to visit every state. We'll see....

Thanks for taking me on a walk down memory lane. Loved the photos.

Deanna

Andrea (ace1028) said...

OK, so yum on the Pain Killer. I may have to make myself some. Uhm, soon. I am so jealous. Those pictures make me want to escape like nobody's business. Seriously. And if Kenny is your son can I be your neighbor? I love that guy. Ehem. ;)

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