As for strength training? Arm curls consisted of lifting rum & cokes and Kir Royals and French wine and delicious meals to lips.
But you know what? It’s All Good! Really. And for once, I think we both might be the better for completely letting go of all schedules and taking it easy.
What with the disastrous non-vacation last year, and the almost constant stress of aging parents and our own aging bodies doing crazy things and keeping us on the injured reserve list, maybe this vacation was just what the doctor ordered.
When your day starts like this:
It's pretty easy to take it easy.
On our first full day there, it poured rain off and on. Even that did not stop us from getting in the water. Hey – rain is wet, the sea is wet, what’s the difference? Love this shot - you can see the raindrops!
The rest of the time the weather was gloriously sunny with some quick showers that did not hamper our non-activity in any way! Most of the time, I had this point of view:
Or ones like these which I found quite enjoyable!
Occasionally I just had to rise from the cushy beach chair because I cannot resist that turquoise water, whether it’s calm or wavy.
For whatever reason – perhaps because our vacation started with Nick’s memorial (more about that in a separate post) – this trip seemed to be much more about the people we came into contact with rather than excursions and activity.
There were many friends and acquaintances who traveled down and though we often have issues getting together with them at home, we all had free schedules there! Saturday evening we went out to dinner with close friends.
Philippe, who is the maitre d’ and all around go to guy at the Sunset Café was still there as well and we were thrilled to catch up on his family news. What surprised us was that he remarked that he remembers us, even if it’s 2 years between visits, because we are some of the only people who ask about his family. One evening as we had a pre-dinner cocktail, Mr. Helen told Philippe that one of his favorite things he’d ever eaten there was a seafood crepe. Philippe told us that was a regular ‘special’ under the previous owners but the new owners had put their own menu in place. The next day when we saw Philippe again, he informed Mr. Helen that he had made arrangements with the new chef/owner to have the seafood crepe as a special before we left. There was one lady in the kitchen who had worked under the previous owner and remembered how to do it. So that evening we had dinner there and it was a smashing success. We found out later the item had sold out!
We were both actually pretty humbled by that because really, how often can one get that sort of special attention and service without even asking? I’m not sure how many places in our hometown would do that for us. Philippe did not have to go above and beyond like that, but he did and made us regular people feel like we were superstars or celebrities. The day we were leaving, we went over to have our last breakfast and the chef informed us that the crepe was such a fantastic success that he was thinking of making it a regular special. I think they should name it Mr. Helen’s Seafood Delight or something like that don’t you?
Finally I'll conclude with photo which is probably one of my favorite shots of our vacation. (Don't worry, I have plenty more photos to show you but in the interest of keeping this post from being a novel, I'll stop here.) That's Philippe in the middle. We had handed him our camera and asked him to take a photo of the two of us. He replied, "What about me?" Then jumped in and did this.
To say a good time was had by all would be an understatement!