Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Grand Turk - 2011






St. Thomas US Virgin Islands - 2011

View of our ship from up top.
 
Note: this layout was published in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine (woohoo!)
 

Coral World - 2011

Coral Word - St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands







Monday, May 9, 2011

St. Martin - March 7-8

Since we had a full day in St. Martin we decided to rent a car but there weren't any available so we just walked up the road to the town. There was a marina and a market area so we shopped and walked around. We had a wonderful lunch and I got to practice my french (since we were on the french side). Later on, in the afternoon I had a nice refreshing swim in the pool.



Princess Cruise - March 6-13

We decided to take a cruise in March - only our second one. We would fly down to Fort Lauderdale and board the Ruby Princess for a week. It would be nice and relaxing, plus we wouldn't have to drive anywhere.

The Sunday morning of March 6th it was snowing hard so we set off for the airport with lots of time to get there. We arrived no problem and boarded our plane on time. Yay! But then we sat there, and sat there, and sat there..... They had to de-ice our plane plus several in front of us so we ended up being delayed about 3 hours. Which, OF COURSE, made us miss our connection in Philadelphia to Florida. The next plane they could get us on left Philly AFTER our ship left Florida, so that was no good. So what to do????

We called the Princess Cruise lines plus our insurance people (thank goodness we had taken out trip insurance). The Princess people suggested that we try to catch up with the next port-of-call - which was their private island (Princess Cays) in the Bahamas. We spent a lot of time talking to the airline people and they were VERY helpful but could only get us on a flight to the Bahamas the next day which would arrive five minutes AFTER our cruise ship left the islands.....so that was no good. The next port-of-call was St. Maartens/St. Martin so they got us on a plane there for the next day. Great! But that meant we had to get a hotel for that night in Philadelphia which was no problem as the airport gave us a discount coupon for that. BUT, we also had to get a hotel in St. Maartens/St. Martin for 3 nights until our ship showed up. I couldn't access the internet on my iPad for some reason NOR could I get through to CAA to book one! So we went off to the Philadelphia hotel and had dinner there and called my brother to let him know what was going on.

The next morning we were back in the airport and I had found a different CAA number to call but was on hold for half an hour waiting to talk to someone. When I finally did, I explained the circumstances and she found us a hotel. BUT, just as she was about to book it, I got cut off! So I had to phone back. I was worried because if I was hold AGAIN for half an hour we were in trouble since our flight LEFT in half an hour. Needless to say, I WAS STRESSED!!!!! This time, though, I was only on hold for 5 minutes and I got the same lady back so I didn't have to explain everything again and she booked the hotel. Phew!

We arrived in St. Maartens/St. Martin around suppertime and got a taxi to the hotel on the St. Martin side. We got a nice room with an ocean view. Ahhhhhhhh.....

Early morning Philly skyline from our hotel:


St. Maartens/St. Martins Sunset from our hotel:


Our hotel in St. Martin (our room is above the palm tree):

Friday, December 31, 2010

Cape Breton Nova Scotia - October 2010

I took my dad on a bus tour to Cape Breton as his 80th birthday gift. I have already posted photos on my scrapbooking blog, so you can see them here:
http://missgailly.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Hampshire in the Fall - Oct 2010



We spent a few days in New Hampshire camping near North Conway. The fall colours were just spectacular!