Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Boy Scout Camp

I can't believe that June is almost over but at the same time I can because we have been so busy.  Last week Winston attended Camp Bert Adams with his troop.  This year marks 100 years of the scouting program.  I have nothing but good to say about scouts as it really has taught my children so many things and has given them opportunities to try things they would never have tried without the program.  Winston had an amazing time!  He came home happy, dirty, and tired.

 Football Player for the Miami Dolphins

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Day 1 In Toledo Spain

After an uneventful flight and a short bus ride to the train station, I took the train to Toledo.  The journey to Toledo by train is less than 45 minutes.  A quick taxi ride took me to my hotel where I quickly unpacked and freshened up so I  could hit the sights.  Traveling over the years has taught me that if you want to beat jet lag you don't go to sleep when you get to your destination if it is daytime because you will always feel the effects of jet lag, so with a city map in hand off I went to see the city.  First stop gelato followed by a visit to the Cathedral which was built in the 13th century and in the Gothic style it is considered to be one of the best of it's style in the world. It is definitely worth the visit.  Afterward visiting the cathedral, I spent the afternoon wandering the city streets and checking out the stores. While this city does have a McDonald's what I love about this city is that truly is unique because you won't find chain department store or restaurants which I sadly have to say is becoming less and less common as I travel around the world.  My day ended with a rainstorm that swept into the city which was fine by me as I was truly tired by this time and reading to get some sleep.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Stroll Through Madrid

Most of my trip to Spain this time around was spent in Toledo, but following the wedding and prior to traveling back home I had a day to spend in Madrid.  I wanted to spend the time seeing what I hadn't on the previous trip hence the visit to the museum (see earlier post).  I started out with a really ambitious list of things to see and do, but as the day unfolded it was clear that I wasn't going to be able to do all that was on my list which actually turned out perfect.  To be honest, I was tired.  Having danced into the wee hours of the night and not being able to get my bum out of bed to catch the earliest train into the city, I arrived in Madrid not till almost noon.  I quickly checked my luggage into a locker and proceeded to the museum after grabbing a bite to eat.  As I mentioned in the post about the museum, the museum is at least a half day activity.  100 rooms! I had intended to find my way back to the Churro cafe that I had visited on my previous trip, but it seemed no longer that important. I wanted to just soak up the city without rushing to find the right metro station and finding my way back. I settled on a violet flavored ice cream which was absolutely lovely and a walk through the Real Jardin Botanical Garden.  I finished my day sitting in a cafe eating a lovely Quinoa Salad for dinner and had a very amusing time watching people.  The funniest thing I saw was a group of men who were clearly having a stag party (bachelor party) where the groom was dressed in pink tights, black flats, a pink tutu, with a crown and pink pig ears.  Simply too funny

Darling little bottle of Olive Oil served with my salad

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Wedding

Oh my!  The wedding did not disappoint.  I knew it would be fabulous because the setting was in Spain, but honestly the wedding was what every little girl dreams of having when the grew up. The estate Cigarral del Angel Custodio where Emily and Ricardo had their wedding was the perfect backdrop because it is nestled along the Taho River with a view of Toledo in the background. Whe of n the ground keeper opened the door it was like a choir of angels where singing because this place is truly heaven with the cypress trees lining the path to the wedding hall, roses in every shade of yellow, pale pink, and peach, water fountains, and ever so carefully places statues.  After all the guest were seated, Ricardo was walked down the aisle by his mother and shortly thereafter Emily arrived in a horse drawn carriage.  Her grandfather waiting to escort her down the aisle preceded by the sweetest ring bearer and flower girl dressed in cream and rose.  The officiant was their long time and dearest friend from America Jose.  The ceremony was in English and in Spanish as Ricardo is from Madrid. Her best friend and his brother addressed each of them before they said their vows and then before we knew it Jose pronounced them man and wife followed by a kiss.  Then with big smiles across their faces as the walked down the aisle where cameras snapped catching the newly married couple in all their bliss flower petal flew and then they entered a the carriage where they where taken to a different part of the estate to do wedding photos.  While we waited cocktails were served along with appetizers of fried quail eggs on a bed of match string potatoes, beef skewers, coconut shrimp, cheese and crackers, gazpacho shooters, and dumplings served on spoons.  The quartet continued to play an a variety of popular songs and friends chatted happily with one another.  Then just like that right before the sun sunk behind the horizon the couple entered the courtyard.  After another round of photos were taken we all entered the dining room where we enjoyed a marvelous meal. I choose venison and others choose the sea bass; however before the main course was served a salad of rocket lettuce and salmon tartare with black truffles and pine nuts was served followed by a mojito sorbet ( didn't eat this one).  Dessert was a lovely Arab Tart a light flaky pastry  filled with cream and a side of berries. Once the dinner was over we danced into the wee hours.  Congratulations Emily and Ricardo! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Ricky & Emily from PocketRocketFilms on Vimeo.