Jamaican Cuisine

Our next stop in Jamaica was on a beach where we awaited our boat to go snorkeling.  It was certainly a beautiful area, and this is Paul sitting with our wonderful driver, Ainsworth.  We booked him and all our excursions each day–snorkeling, touring the Blue Hole, etc.–on our own, not through the cruise packages.  It was much cheaper this way and provided more variety.  It really isn’t terribly expensive to hire a driver or boat for the day or half a day if you prefer.

Our boat arrived and off we went for another fun snorkeling adventure!

Then Ainsworth took us to a special place for the best Jamaican lunch ever–jerk chicken, pak festival (similar to a hush puppy), fried plantains.  Delicious!

We also had an opportunity to sample various flavors of Jamaican rum.

This was my favorite.  They call it “BTB” — “Better Than Bailey’s.”

We also wandered about town a little and saw the colors of Jamaica.

Then we headed back to the ship.

Another great meal!








Island Life

After our snorkeling adventure on Grand Cayman we had some time to explore the island a bit.  We walked along the beautiful beaches and enjoyed the scenery.

At lunchtime we stopped at a resort for lunch.

Soon it was time to head back to the ship, which can be seen in the distance.  The Crystal Symphony is the smaller one.

There were lots of fishermen along the wharf cleaning their catch of the day.

I love some of the older homes on these islands.

Then it was back on the tender for return to the ship.

Here’s another peek at the excellent cuisine of the Symphony!

First Stop

Miami–the first stop on a cruise my husband and I took a couple of years ago in honor of our 40th anniversary.  I recently discovered that I had never posted about the cruise, so I’ll share the event now in hopes of encouraging some of you to do the same.  It was a wonderful cruise!

Sarah joined us in Miami for a few days before Paul and I departed on the ship.

How we loved the beach and all the crazy sights!

We enjoyed cuban sandwiches with plantain chips & mojito aioli.  Delicious!

The lobby and pool of our hotel was very inviting.

But what caught my eye was all the hilarious painted fish around town.

Ocean Sunset

We certainly wanted to see the ocean while visiting friends in Oviedo, Spain, so we went there late in the afternoon.  The views did not disappoint.






We went for a short hike along the water to some rocky cliffs.



We ended up on this beautiful site right at sunset.


Here is the panorama Chris took of us.




We then returned to the little village for a great dinner beside the sea.  Photos from that dinner will be shown later, but here are a couple of photos after dark.





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This mosaic tile wall was wonderful to see!

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Aren’t the colors pretty?  We also found some funky exercise equipment.

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The Miraflores Lighthouse is a beautiful sight.

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The boardwalks and  various beaches were great fun to explore.

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Rhode Island

One of the places I wanted to see on our trip was Rhode Island, because I have ancestors that were the original settlers of that area.  It was a dream come true to finally see some of the coastal areas of Rhode Island.

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An odd thing happened that I’ve experienced on previous journeys to my ancestry — we came across moonflowers.  These are beautiful yellow blooms that open at night.  I saw them previously in the home villages of my ancestors in Germany and England.  Now, to my surprise and delight, here they were again!

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One of Grandpa Chaney’s ancestors — Rev. John Maxson — was the first white man born on the Island of Aquidneck — March 24 ,1638.  Now the island is known most famously for the many mansions that can be toured, like this one.

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We did have a lobster roll before leaving the area.

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We headed to Providence to fly out, but first Christ took us to a great bakery he knew about from his travels.

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Fresh Fish

When we left Cape Cod we made our way to a wonderful Bed & Breakfast in Seekong, MA, that was just perfect for us —Nichols Guest House.

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Doesn’t it look great?  The breakfast was amazing–so much to choose from.

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Then we headed to Chatham on Cape Cod to look for sharks.  We didn’t see sharks but we found plenty of seals.

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We kept thinking that if we hung around long enough we might see one of the fishing boats return with its catch of the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

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Then we ordered some fried fish at this wonderful little restaurant right by the pier.  So good!

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Next we headed to one of the beaches and found where sharks are often seen.

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