Friday, February 29, 2008

Saint Lucia- a photo montage

Saint Lucia was, in a word, PARADISE.

It's a funny island- not funny ha-ha, but funny interesting. It's an island that is clearly on the verge of becoming a serious tourist trap, but is not quite there yet. Tourism only recently, within the last few years, became the major economy of the island. I imagine if we returned in a few years it will be far more developed than it was now....Anyway, I digress....

We spent the whole week doing absolutely nothing--besides sitting on a beach and reading. I forgot how great it felt to read...and read.....and read.....these days the only reading I do is the writing of my third graders or dense articles and books for class. I made it through a few books-- Wicked (didn't love it as much as I had hoped, although I must admit I was cheering on the Wicked Witch of the West by the end of it, and I did like the perspective the author took), Belly Laughs (I have a whole post in mind about this book--it's by Jenny McCarthy and it is all about pregnancy. The whole TRUTH. If you are pregnant or have been, then you should read it.) Nineteen Minutes (A Jodi Picoult book, and true to her style, it was intense and emotional and surprising at the end. And so beautifully written I couldn't put it down. She's an amazing author I think.) And then there were two Nora Roberts books whose titles I truly can't remember but they were perfect beach reads--easy and trashy and fun.
Our biggest adventure was wading into the water to buy fruit from The Fruit Man:
He pulled up every day and guests would wade out to him and order up some fresh fruit. I stood in that glorious water and drank the milk from a coconut that he had just cracked in front of me. Then I sat underneath our cabana and ate fresh mangoes.

Russ drank this:

The local beer--which we discovered you could get for only $2.50 at some bars! He's determined to find a place here in chilly CT that will order it for him he liked it so much.

And I drank gallons of this:
We woke up and looked out our window and saw this every single morning:

Then we would walk outside to eat breakfast and see this:

We ate breakfast (fresh fruit every morning!!!) here:We even checked out some local wildlife:
(That's a caterpiller. Unlike any I've ever seen!)

Finally, we hung out on the beach and checked out the views:
And I did, in fact, rock the bikini.


Beth said...

Yay for you in a bikini!!!! You look awesome. Sounds like you two had a blast. I'm so glad you got to relax and soak in the sun.

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh...(sigh) This looks so nice. I love the belly pic!
Love Mom S xoxoxo

Dianna said...
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Dianna said...

So glad you enjoyed your trip!! Hope baby enjoyed the sun and floating in the waves too. Love the baby belly in the bikini-you look great and so completely relaxed! :)
(sorry no idea what happened to my original now deleted comment...)

Kelli said...

Your trip sounds absolutely perfect. I'm jealous of the sunshine, warm water, fresh fruit, and reading time.

You look adorable in the bikini!