Michael and I haven’t been able to get away very much over the past few years, so it is a great time to reminisce about some of our favorite travel memories.
Santorini is one of the most picturesque islands on earth. It is fun to wander the stone paths that hug the coast. Our hotel room was an old windmill that overlooked the caldera.
La Mariposa, on the Pacific coast, has a cute swim up bar in the hillside pool and a host of local wildlife to entertain. Our hotel room had floor-to-ceiling windows on one wall and a great balcony to enjoy the view.
The international airport in San Jose is roughly 3.5 hours from Manuel Antonio by car. We arranged for the hotel to pick us up. Our flight landed around 11:00 PM and we set off. About mid-way through the drive, the van broke and we stopped a small bar in the jungle. After some tinkering, we set off again. The van was still having problems, so the driver arranged for a vehicle change. We drove to a gas station and met up with the attendant (the gas station was closed). It took over an hour for the new van to arrive.
We were tired and in the middle of the dark, quiet jungle in the week hours of the morning. Michael had packed a bunch of snacks for the plane along with a bottle of rum (yes, this was before 911). So he pulled out the goodies and we had a jungle picnic with the driver and gas station attendant. The new van arrived and we set off again. We reached the hotel just in time to see the sun rise over the Pacific.
Who would think that when you are just a few feet away from magnificent animals like zebra, giraffe, and elephant, you can be captivated by watching two dung beetles.
The first time I tried Scotch was when I visited the UK on my own. For part of the trip, I went on a group bus tour through England, Scotland, and Wales. After a very scenic drive through the Scottish highlands, we visited the Glenlivet distillery. I don’t know if it was the scenery or being at the distillery, but I was hooked. I even bought a bottle of 18-year-old with a tour-mate to enjoy on the rest of the trip.
One Barrel is produced in Belize, and that’s exactly where Michael and I found it in 2003. It is a medium-colored sweet rum with a molasses flavor – super yummy. For a while, it was tough to find in the United States, but has become more available. We usually have a bottle on hand.
No shoes needed… Hop on a bicycle, jump in a golf cart, or walk down the beach to one of the local restaurants or bars. Arrange for a boat to pick you up at your hotel’s dock for a day of snorkeling in the beautiful Caribbean. At the end of a perfect day, sit on the dock and enjoy the sunset with a One Barrel cocktail. We stayed at Xanadu Island Resort.