Thursday, October 29, 2009

Back to our roots: Trini delight (Days 5 – 7)

Ok, ok... last trip recap I promise.... then back onto wedding related items :)
Sunday included one last breakfast buffet at the hotel and packing before heading for the airport – we were not going to miss another Caribbean Airline flight! We bid a fond farewell to Stumpy who we could not thank enough for treating us to our stay at the Coco Reef! The flight back to Trinidad seemed even shorter then the flight to Tobago.

Walking out to the plane

From the airport we grabbed a cab to the Hyatt in Port of Spain, where we were greeted with a mimosa upon check in.

Chris and I were whisked up to the 19th floor (mom, dad and Dennis were on the 5th floor) where we enjoyed a spacious King size room with a view of the harbor area.

Chris in the cool shower

Our comfy bed

We walked around town, spent some time in the casino and then looked for something to eat for dinner, which was a little difficult since many were celebrating Dawali that weekend and were closed. We ended up at Subway and after what seemed like forever to get our orders right we ended up with subs with an Island twist. Mine sandwiches included BBQ shrimp and pineapples (not something that I can find in Dallas). It wasn’t really safe to be out after dark, so we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed our night there.

Monday involved a lot of walking to find the best deals on souvenirs (I couldn’t leave without a Caribbean Blue steel pan of my own) and some pool time on the 4th floor of our hotel.

In the infinity pool

The heat was a little much so we returned to our room for a nap, but I ended up finishing my book instead (it was a great book!). We made reservations for a final dinner at the poshy posh hotel restaurant where I had the best seafood pasta I have ever had, and Chris loved his curry shrimp.

Final family dinner

Seafood pasta

We capped the night off with a round of Carib (the island lager) before sadly heading back to our room to pack.

Cheers to a great family vacation

We were up bright and early, and I do mean early it was before 4 am, to check out and head back to the airport for our 7:25 flight to Miami. Once in Miami the immigration/customs process was 10 times faster then in T&T. Chris even got complimented on his tats by the immigration officer. We ate Nathan’s for lunch at our gate before boarding our last of 6 flights on this vacation.

This is one family vacation that will go down in the books as one of the best! I am so glad that Chris was able to experience something like returning to my Dad’s roots with my family. I will leave you with a peaceful rainbow that we saw during breakfast one morning in Tobago

Are any of your parents from a different country? Will you be incorporating anything from their home country into your wedding?

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