Tonight …we dance (and EAT cake)

When you have a destination wedding you realize that not all the special people in your life will be there. It’s just not possible. That is why today Andrew & Kristina will celebrate their life as husband & wife with more of the people that are special to them. Tonight is a chance to mingle and tonight we dance!

 

It’s Celebration time!

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And dance we did! It was a privilege to dance with my boy at his wedding!

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 4.58.14 PM It was a wonderful evening with family and friends, some we haven’t seen for awhile.

I was so busy I didn’t take a lot but here are a few pics…

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Some just for fun…

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And just a peak from the ones done by their photographers. Belle Visage ( I may add a few at a later time when they get their photos back)

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Congratulations Andrew & Kristina!  ❤

Wedding Day~April 16, 2016 DESTINATION~ Meliá Las Dunas -Cayo Santa Maria, CUBA

What could be more romantic than a tropical wedding?

That is exactly what our son and his fiancé chose for their special day and it was spectacular.

The sky, the water, the sun and the tropical coral and turquoise colors they chose…made for the most gorgeous of pictures.

Here are some of my favourites!

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Congratulations Andrew & Kristina ❤

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Antique Cars… Cuban Style

Cuba is well known for a few things…cigars, rum and…it’s old cars. David & I LOVED all the old cars everywhere. From the really old ones not in great shape on back roads in the countryside to the shiny colourful ones that were restored and/or cleaned up a bit to be a taxi for a small fee…

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We REALLY wanted to get to Havana the capital of Cuba and see more cars and more history but time just didn’t allow. Fortunately for us there were plenty of cars for hire and one guy was even down from Havana with his Oldsmobile….so what did we do? We hired a few of them and enjoyed cruising around in style!

1949 Oldsmobile from Havana~

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We even bought a beautiful canvas to remember the fun we had…

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Drivin’ in style!

To the market for Cuba souvenirs

And of course I can’t forget the shopping. Yes, market shopping is the best!  There were 2 markets close by that we visited a couple of times.

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James & Kristina blending in… 😀IMG_5464 IMG_5465 IMG_5466 IMG_5467 IMG_5468 IMG_5470 IMG_5471 IMG_5473

A Chinese restaurant in Cuba…too bad I didn’t have chance to try it out 😛IMG_5476 IMG_5489 IMG_5490 IMG_6128 IMG_5492 IMG_5496

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Cuba Vacation PART ~2

Relaxing at the resort was so lovely, BUT what else did we do?

We did a Jeep Excursion! Running around the mainland seeing some back country places.

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And held this little parrot…

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It was a full day and I ate plenty of dust but such a great way to see a bit of life in Cuba off the “resort island”

Cuba Vacation PART ~1

David & I love to travel. We love to travel South in the Winter to escape the cold. Believe it or not this is our very first time to stay at a resort for an entire week!

Our choice Winter getaway is cruising! This year, however,we are in Cuba. We are here for the wedding and it’s also a great way to see if we like all inclusive resort vacations. We flew into Santa Clara Airport and then took a bus to the resort. ( Our very own Wedding Group bus)

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img_5045Just off Cuba’s north coast is the inviting resort destination of Cayo Santa Maria. With its white sand beaches, azure waters, and range of resorts, a vacation here is full of sunshine and relaxation. The area is known for its beaches, and has become famous for tourists that flock to its shores to step away from reality and enjoy the Cuban hospitality, heat, and landscape.

Cayo Santa Maria is an island on the north of Cuba in the Jardines del Rey archipelago, connected to mainland Cuba by a 48-kilometer causeway. With more than 10-kilometers of pristine, white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear blue waters.  Flights from Canada to Cayo Santa Maria arrive at the Santa Clara airport and then take a bus transfer approximately 1.5 hours from Cayo Santa Maria to the resort district on the island and across the causeway from mainland Cuba. Due to Cayo Santa Maria’s location, on an island just off of the mainland north coast of Cuba, the area is known for its resort community, but little else beyond the beach and poolside activities.

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So…What to do a whole week in one place?

Well seeing as we were there for the wedding, a bit of time was spent making sure everything was ready for Saturday and then it was beach time, eating, pool time, eating, eating, entertainment, coffee and check mail, eating, and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of walking. Melia las Dunas resort is large and so we spent a lot of time all week walking just getting to places.

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Tomorrow see what else we did!