Jamaica – We Miss You!

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Yah mon it was fabulous! The family opinion was enthusiastically unanimous as demonstrated in the photo above. The beaches of Negril Jamaica will always hold a special spot in our hearts.

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Upon our return, as many of you began sharing photos of spring flowers leaping from the ground where you live (not that I am bitter), the polar vortex received resuscitation in Calgary.

CalgaryToday I was forced to dig out my Canadian uniform.

CalgaryAll right… I left the antlers at home but the sleeping bag coat is back in action.

So as we shovel snow for the second day in a row we are left with the rhythm of the steel drum music echoing in our memories.

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Steel Drums JamaicaI yearn for my snorkel and flippers instead of my scarf and heated boots.

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The great thing about travel is that you are left with such rich memories. Even the ones that are not good make fantastic stories. I still can hear the horseback riding guide screeching at Hubby, “SQUEEZE YOUR LEGS MON!” Cracks me up every time I think of it.

Please note in this photo my horse is just about to run off with me. One millisecond following this photo I was screaming like a school girl.

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Thanks so much for helping us celebrate our 30th anniversary. Again a reminder to avoid horses for such special occasions unless you are an experienced rider. Just saying.

JamaicaWhat has been one of your best vacations?

Photo credits-First and final photo-Sandals Negril photography

82 thoughts on “Jamaica – We Miss You!

    • Thanks so much! Dave and I say this is the dessert of life; grown kids who want to hang out with you. :)
      We met another couple at the resort of similar vintage who said their grown kids would never come with them on such a holiday. Gives one perspective on how lucky we are.

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      • It seems to me that you are an amazing family. You know well, that you are not lucky, you just did well. (It’s the teacher who is speaking here, and sees hundreds of teen-agers every day) ;)

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        • Thank you for that lovely compliment Stefy. Yes it does take a lot of patience, understanding and acceptance of who your children are to get through the teenage years. We became practiced at saying “Tell me about that” or ” how does that make you feel?” when I actuality one’s eyeball wants to blow out of one’s head. :)

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  1. What a wonderful way to spend your 30th! Love, love, love the jumping shot! Couldn’t help but notice that you & Dave have more height in your jumps than the kids, walkers be damned…just sayin’

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    • Lynn thanks so much. Now here is the thing…the girls have loose dresses on so they are doing their best not to make the picture less than G rated. Dave and I were coached to tuck our legs straight back so it looks like we are really high. Having said all that …I’m sure we were higher anyway. :)

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    • Tess it has been wonderful to have you along on our trips but I am with you. Your trip to China will be amazing! Travel safely but most of all have the time of your life! You go girl!

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    • Thanks so much for the good wishes.
      Sounds like you had quite the horse scare! At least I had a guide to grab my horse when it got running. Thank heavens for small mercies.

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  2. Congratulations to your 30 years anniversary! What a fabulous way to celebrate. Love the first photo, so much fun, energy, … Thank you for sharing :)

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    • Donna Jean here’s hoping the snow will melt….eventually :) Always happy to share the travels with you albeit virtually. Are there flowers starting to peek out at your home?

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  3. Question: how many times did you have to jump in the air to get that first shot right?

    You know, the tropics are alluring to you, but when we got some “bonus” snow in Nagano before we came back to Tokyo, P pronounced it “the best holiday ever”. Cold and snow vs tropical beaches to him…

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    • Yes we had hoped that winter might have packed it in by the time we came back. Sometimes it is hard to believe these two places could be on the same planet :) Thank you for the compliment on the photos. Much appreciated.

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  5. Wow that’s a killer jump shot! Hope everyone plans to frame that! I practically got a chill when I saw the photo of you bundled up– can’t we just stay in Jamaica a little longer please? The other photo I love is the horse about to take off– you can totally see it on his face lol.

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    • Kristin yes people have come to recognize me by the coat…I really don’t wear the antlers around the city :) My husband bought the coat for me a couple years ago as a present. Keep her warm and happy.
      Yes the horse went running, the guide straight after and grabbed her. Thank heavens.
      I appreciate your kind words on the photo. Yes that’s a keeper. We have a similar one from Mexico five years prior.

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    • Oh Miss Carl was quite the go getter horse! We tipped the guide generously as he saved us on several occasions. Perhaps that was the plan from the beginning :)
      Thanks for the compliments on the photos. That first one is a real treasure. Dave and I jokes that if we keep doing these shots, we have one in Mexico from five years ago, it will be quite the look with our walkers. :)

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  6. I feel your pain. Went to Florida a few weeks ago. Came back to snow and it’s still snowing here too! Although snowdrops are finally starting to bloom. Dirty snow here in Chicago, and more on the way to cover it. Spring is trying so hard! Looks like you got some great pictures from your trip. Hold on to that!

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    • How does the saying go? Misery loves company? :) Here’s hoping spring comes roaring in soon. I can assure you no flowers here. Just that much farther north. We are off to the UK on Tuesday so will see what is happening in that part of the world. One of my followers said they had sleet today there. Good grief. :)

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  7. How did you manage the first picture with all six in the air? Looks great!

    I totally agree with the memories left after returning from traveling, it is so great to think back even about the experiences that weren’t so great at first…

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    • It’s likely good there was no audio from that photo as I was definitely huffing and puffing! It took quite a few takes and we also did one facing the other way.
      Travel leaves us richer with those memories doesn’t it? Even the things that really were not very good make wonderful stories to laugh about. Thank you for your visit and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

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  8. Had similar experience last February. We landed in Helsinki from Goa and it was -25…Had to dig out the car from the snow. Took me some time to locate it first :-) Lovely pictures you posted. You all look like you had a wonderful time. I should take the family to Jamaica one day. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Isn’t it a rude awakening to arrive home to such frigid temperatures after a lovely warm vacation? We did have a wonderful time. There are many great spots in the Caribbean for sure. Another favorite of ours is St Lucia. I did a short series on tropical getaways earlier this year if you are interested.
      Thank you for your visit and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

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      • My pleasure! Thank you for mentioning your posts on tropical gateways. I am always interested on places with palm trees growing on them :) We’ve never been to Jamaica or St.Lucia, but we’ve visited Tobago. Grenada, and Barbados. Lovely islands and wonderful people! We are big fans of the Carribean. Have a nice Easter!

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        • We have not been to those three countries that you have mentioned. Did you have one you preferred more than another?
          We have also been to Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Of those Costa Rica would likely be a top pick. It seems we share a love for the Caribbean. :)

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          • Difficult to tell really. They all have their own unique character. Tobago is a true tropical paradise. Barbados has a long history and is the most easy-going of the three. I would say that Grenada is the most diverse. I don’t recall ever being on a beach as vibrant as Grand Anse. How did you like Cuba? Would you recommend it for families with young kids?

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            • Thanks so much for the information. All three sound great. We were in Cuba 20 years ago so obviously I am no expert. The beaches of Varadero are amazing. I don’t know that there are a lot of activities for kids outside of the resorts. Due to the US embargo there are many foods and supplies that are difficult for Cubans to get. I believe this is easing but to those I have spoken to in recent years who have gone have said the food is okay and plentiful, just not the variety one would see in other nearby countries.

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  9. Even though spring is just beginning at home – and I love it – this post makes me wish I was headed for a family vacation in Jamaica!

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  10. ohhhh I totally understand missing the the beach while in Canada! I am from Brazil and lived in Winnipeg for a year a while ago…now I live in Germany. Not cold as Canada, but I often miss the beach…I had this same feeling when I came back from the Maldives last year and was winter around here ;/ hahaha great post and amazing blog! :)

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    • Wonderful to have you join the adventures! My daughter lived in Winnipeg for two years. I am not sure how you survived winter there coming from Brazil! Wow. Oh the Maldives. Now theaters is somewhere I definitely want to go.
      Thank you for your very kind words. Much appreciated.

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      • hahahaha I still dont know either! And it was my first winter experience ever… the good thing about it is that any other winter is not really a winter hahahaha!! And about the Maldives, you should definitely go… I will never forget that amazing paradise :) and you are welcome :)

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