Live from the passenger seat I come to you from some scarey part of West Virginia. The road is desolate and everyone is wearing overalls without shirts. Ha just kidding they have shirts on it’s cold outside. Anyway hubs and I are driving to Charlotte North Carolina. That is our destination and according to the GPS we have about 4 hours before we arrive. I just made a Youtube video. You can find that at MsOverweighted on Youtube. I am so bored. What does a road trip mean to me?? In one word SNACKS. Yup that’s right I love to snack in the car. It helps to fight boredom. But now since it’s January and I have set my goals for the year…well losing 8 pounds is on there so snacking is not an option. And believe it or not the hubba bubba doesn’t want to talk about feelings for 8 hours straight. His, mine or anybody elses. Whatever. So the reason for the trip to Charlotte is to check out the city and see if it someplace where we may want to live in the near future. As my job with my company is being outsourced this year it is time for us to make a new plan. That plan includes moving away from the Cleveland area to get out of these awful winters. Blah! They suck. I am hoping to take lots of pics and eat lots of yummy local food which I will make the time to photograph and blog about. I finally got it together enough to put 2011’s goals on paper. I’m not gonna lie I know they need some tweaking and some work but at least I got have something to work with. I think I will do a post dedicated solely to those goals. Hmm by looking out the window it looks like we are almost at Charleston West Virginia I think I hear banjos playing.
Ok so I did part 1 of ST. THOMAS several days ago. So this is the second installment. I already said how great it was. That is still true. We took a taxi from the ship to the down town area. Where they dropped us off for shopping. Since we have been on so many prior cruises we know that the shore excursions they offer are overly priced and not that great. So we thought we would do shopping, look around, eat and try to find a beach on our own. We were approached by a guy on the street to tell us about the tours his company offered. Which included a tour of the island and taking us to the beach to swim for at least 2 hours. Then a return back to the ship. At first I was very skeptical but after inquiring with several americans working in the stores we decided it would be ok. Oh my gosh it was $25 per person and it really was the best money spent on our vacation. We got a great “quick” tour and then the best beach and snorkeling I have ever seen.
This is the beach they took us to. IT WAS PERFECT!!!
My brother and his wife.
This is the world famous Megans Bay
No matter how sappy it sounds I will never forget the fun I had on St. Thomas.
ST. THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLAND September 19, 2010
WOW!!! Can’t say much more than that. This island really is paradise. What a great time we had here. I think it will most likely take a couple of posts to share all my photos and everything we did while we were there. Our entire family thought this was by far the best day spent on vacation. So I hope you enjoy the photos.
This is a pic of a cemetary. I am not gonna lie I found it somewhat creepy!
We walked down the above alley and just by chance found a great place for lunch! It was a gem of a place hidden away.
This was some of the best chips and guac I have ever had. The chips were home made and nothing I was familiar with but excellent. If you are ever in St. Thomas make your way to Gladys’ Cafe you will not be dissapointed. So I will end this post here and continue my St. Thomas trip on the next one.
So this is a private beach for Princess cruise lines. It is really nice. Secluded and fairly private. We spent the day here. We rented a private bungalow for our family. We didn’t spend much time there. We did some snorkeling and enjoyed the beach. So here is our day in pictures.
Welcome to St. Martin or st. maarten or sint maarten September 18, 2010
Anyway you spell it, it is magnificent! Wow what a wonderful place. My step nephew is living here in Philipsburg going to medical school. So while my brother and his wife spent the day with him, my mom sister and husband explored the shopping! Here are some photos of our arrival to the island.
Chris (hubby), Steven (brother), Mom.
We found an amazing chocolate place here on this side street. And a great french owned cafe where we ate lunch. The french bottled water was yummy. The cafe was really trendy and the eating area was located upstairs from a store front. The following are photos of my lil box o chocolate and the interior of the cafe.
We did get lunch here…we were famished so there was no time for photos of it. Basically pretty generic club sandwiches. Nothing fancy. But there were other patrons who had pizza that looked just amazing.
And no Chris did not allow me to shop here…..sometimes he is a poopy head! 🙂
And everyone was very surprised that I actually owned real estate on the island!
The beach was great but the island had just been hit my hurricane Earl. So there were so many seashells I could not even walk along or in the water without risking cutting my feet. I did go in but I was the only one. The piles of stuff you see in the picture are piles of debris they were raking up from the storm. Lots of bottles, glass, and junk.
Our ship along with one from Royal.
So that is some of the fun from the Isle of St. Martin. We had lots of fun and the weather was perfect.
THE SHIP September 17, 2010
PRINCESS CRUISES…THE EMERALD PRINCESS
This is not a stock photo from the company but one I took. This ship is big and awsome. I have been on 6 prior cruises and this is the biggest ship so far.
I took so many pics I am having a hard time choosing which ones to post. I don’t want to overwhelm every post with to many. But then again nobody reads this so I guess it’s pretty much just for me anyway. So anyway the ship was great. Had some really nice features. The crew on the other hand was not the most friendly that I have ever dealt with. It seems the higher up the food chain the cruise line the bitchier the people.
View from the onboard gym
I AM SHOUTING THIS LOUD AND PROUD! I WORKED OUT 4 OUT OF THE 7 DAYS!!