Showing posts with label HONEYMOON. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HONEYMOON. Show all posts

Monday, July 27, 2015

2001 Honeymoon Cruise

Dear Blog Friends,   I am going down 'memory lane' today to share some pictures of our honeymoon in September of 2001.  As most of you know,  we were married on June 23 that year and took our cruise that September.  We flew to San Juan,  Puerto Rico---and caught the "Monarch of the Seas" (Royal Caribbean) there.  That week we visited St. Thomas,  St.  Maarten,  Antiqua,   St. Lucia,  and Barbados.  It was an awesome cruise and we loved every minute of it.

BUT--while on that Honeymoon,  something terrible happened in our dear USA...  September 11, 2001 happened.... GADS...  We got bits and pieces about the tragedy while on ship ---but didn't get the magnitude of what had happened until we headed back home on September 16.   When we got to the Atlanta Airport,  it was almost vacant.. That was the weirdest feeling I have ever had.... Needless to say,  we were glad to be home,  but so sad for our country and all of the lives that were lost.

Here are a few pictures I chose from that cruise ---and all of the side trips we were able to take that week.   Hope you enjoy the pictures!

We loved our seaplane ride over the Virgin Islands.  Look at the color of that water!

St. Lucia was BY FAR our favorite island... We loved the catamaran ride --and also the tour of the banana plantation and an active volcano.

The tour of this plantation was SO interesting at St. Lucia.

My idea of paradise!!!!!!  This picture was taken from our catamaran.

It was neat taking a ride in a submersible....  I love seeing what is deep down in the ocean... Gorgeous!

We also enjoyed this tour.  It was a beautiful church --and plantation at Barbados.

The beautiful coastline is what I remember the most about Antiqua.

See why we love St. Lucia?  SO many pictures ---and so much beauty all around!!!

We enjoyed gorgeous sunsets every evening (and sunrises every morning) from our ship.
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the MANY pictures from our Honeymoon Cruise in 2001...  I enjoyed taking you down "memory lane" today!!!

George and I both are doing fine.  We both are working hard on healthy eating and lots of exercise these days!!!! The biggest joy is our 2.5 mile walks each evening at sunset (and in darkness) around nine holes of our golf course on the cart path (AFTER the golfers leave).   One of these days I'll share some of our pictures with you from some of these nightly walks.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

From the Archives: Antigua 2001

George and I  got married in June of 2001.  Our honeymoon was a seven day cruise to the South Caribbean in September of that year.  We had a fabulous time that entire week, even though 9/11 happened during our stay there.  It was strange being away from home that week--but we made the best of it,  and had a wonderful time.

Today I'll show you some of the coastline around ANTIGUA.  The picture above was taken from an old blockhouse which we visited while there.  The coastline in Antigua was the prettiest coastline of all of the areas we visited that week.

Here's another picture from there --looking at more of the coastline.  As you can tell,  this area was almost like a desert ---complete with cactus.   That seemed strange to me --since we were in a 'tropical' place.

Here's a picture looking down at the waves hitting shore.. The breakers were so pretty --and very STRONG.

We are now at an area called Shirley's Height.  You can see Nelson's Dockyard in the distance.  Nelson's Dockyard was named after Lord Nelson of the British Navy.

Here's a picture taken from Shirley's Height --looking out to sea.

These next two pictures are my favorites --since the sun was glistening on the water.  This is another picture of the beautiful coastline of Antigua.

Finally,  here's another beautiful picture of the coastline of Antigua.  If you ever have a chance to visit there,  do it!!!!


George and I drove to Tullahoma, TN yesterday to visit his parents in their new situation at G's sister's home.   They both seem well and fairly happy --knowing that they are where they NEED to be.  Bless their little hearts!!!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's Falling into the Water

George and I got married in June of 2001.  We went on our honeymoon in September of that year.  Neither one of us had ever taken a cruise before --so we flew to San Juan and took a cruise to the South Caribbean.   It was absolutely fabulous.

Since we both love sunrises and sunsets,  we managed to see MANY during those 7 days.  We laughed when we got home and started looking at our pictures... We had more pictures of sunrises and sunsets than we did most anything else... AND--when you are on a ship in the water,  sometimes (unless you look at the time on your camera) --you may not know the difference in the two. ha ha

Today,  I'll show you one sunset which we saw one evening while on that cruise in  September of 2001...  I think the clouds make it more special. Hope you enjoy it.


Hope you enjoyed seeing one of our sunsets while we were at sea.  Sunrises and sunsets both just take my breath away.... LOVE them..

On another note,  NBC has a show on Genealogy on Friday nights at 7 p.m (Central time).  The name of the show is "Who do you Think You are?"  Anyhow --this coming Friday night,  they are featuring country music star,  Tim McGraw,  who is searching for his ancestors.. In his quest,  he goes to MY HOMETOWN,  Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  I think --from what I've read--that he will be at the Southwest Virginia Museum,  which is only a block from my childhood home.   If you have time,  watch that show this week.  I don't know how much of my tiny (5000 people) little town you will see,  but the little town of Big Stone Gap, VA  (in the southwest corner of the state) is very special to me.   I will definitely watch the show!!!!  Hope you can also!!!

 Have a great day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Where we were on 9/11/01

Yesterday, as I read many bloggers post about what they were doing on 9/11/01, I decided that I needed to share exactly what George and I were doing that year. We had just gotten married in June, and took our "Honeymoon Cruise" from September 9-16. We flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and boarded the "Monarch of the Sea" for a 7 day cruise to the South Caribbean. While there, we visited and toured St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados.

We had a fabulous week---but knowing what had happened in our country on that Tuesday really was hard for us. The cruise/trip went ON (what else could we do?)---but in the back of our minds for the remainder of our trip was that tragedy which happened in the USA.

We luckily were able to get our flight back to the states on Sunday, Sept. 16. BUT---flying into the usually busy airport at Atlanta really spooked us. NOBODY was at the Atlanta airport (other than soldiers). For the first time, we realized what truly had happened --- all of which had seemed like a dream to us until now.

Once we got back to Nashville, we picked up our car and headed home. We were amazed to see American flags EVERYWHERE ---on cars, trucks, buildings, homes, everywhere. We talked to family and friends trying to catch up. But--I truly don't think that George and I EVER felt the true impact of that day in our country's history---until yesterday.

Yesterday, I took time and watched 9/11 specials on TV off and on all day---and just sat there and cried and cried. I think that I finally understood how that horrible day in our lives affected all of us---in so many ways. God Bless us ALL. Here's what George and I were doing on that day in history. This was our day at St. Maarten.

The start of what we thought was going to be a beautiful day; George and I got up early every morning to see the sunrise. Little did we know what was going to happen in our country that day!

I was watching America's Cup yachts from the deck of the "Monarch of the Seas" that morning..

Once ashore we visited Fort Louis on the French side of the island.

The flag of France above the ruins of Fort Louis

A picture of us at Fort Louis, showing more of the island in the background.

Marigot harbor from Fort Louis

We rode on a semi-submersible, on which we sailed to Creole Rock (see his profile?).

From the submersible, we got to watch a diver feeding the fish.

We then stopped at an overlook on the Dutch side of the island.

Here's a golden sunset taken from the top deck of our ship that night.

The sun went down into the water ---as we sat and thought about what happened that very day in our country. At that time, even though we were very sad, I don't think that we truly understood the impact that tragedy had on everyone.

I hope that nothing like that ever happens to our country again. May God help us all!