Gianfranco Ferre Shoes, Prada Sunglasses and a Caribbean Cruise!

 

We have worked so hard this year and been away from our loved ones that Izzet and I decided that we needed a break for the Holidays, I like to say Christmas but I know that is not politically correct in the US however you get the drift right? On Saturday morning before Christmas I was all packed by 7am and sat for two hours on top of my suitcase in the hallway counting the minutes until the driver arrived to take us to JFK. Hold the thought that he was not supposed to arrive until 1pm, Izzet said I was very childlike! Oh really well I was excited. Of course when the driver phoned to say he was 5 minutes away I couldn’t decide which shoes to wear, I mean any fashionista worth her salt needs to look good when travelling. I decided it was a toss up between the Gianfranco Ferre black 6” heels and the Michael Kors (Naughty Shoes) you will remember those that I had the little accident in on Madison Avenue.

Ok, Ok I know I am harping on the shoes but I chose the Gianfranco’s and hobbled to the front door, Prada sunglasses secured firmly to my face, forgive me for the fact it was like minus 5 degrees outside. But who was the bigger fool Izzet was wearing a T-Shirt.

A little light luggage needed

A little light luggage needed

We arrive at JFK with an hour to spare, only to be told that the suitcases are over weight and we will have to remove 7lbs from each! Is this broad having a laugh? Where in God’s name am I going to put 14lbs of clothing, shoes, makeup? The answer was simple in my hand baggage of course, she tells me, why didn’t I think of that ? Are they going to let me on the plane with all this hand luggage I doubted it very much, seeing as though it weighed as much as the checked in luggage.

I have to say JetBlue were amazing NOT, we left an hour late, the inflight entertainment broke down right as I started to watch the cat fight on Bravo ‘The housewives of Beverley Hills’ life was never going to be the same and all the food was all full of carbs. I should have taken all of this to be a warning sign of things to come. When we landed at San Juan airport where unfortunately Izzet and I did not speak the local lingo. I was not surprised to find that the luggage carousel was changed 3 times before there was any sign of the baggage. I was getting very anxious now, as I was standing in 80 degrees in a pair of combats and a Desigual long sleeved sweat, along with the 6” heels, which was not going to be a great look at the beach the following day I feel. Phew then my suitcase arrives yippee doo. Holiday here we come…..

I went to the Jetblue information desk, loosely termed because I think the beached whale sitting behind the counter had never given any information in years let alone moved from the chair she was firmly attached too. On enquiring if I could hire a car within the terminal or find a driver to take us to Palmas Del Mar, I was pointed to the main doors by a 3” red painted talon that I was not going to argue with but no words were ushered. I left Jabba the Hutt and went to pass this on to Izzet who was still awaiting his suitcase.

We decided that as it was now very late and we should just get a driver to take us to the hotel, wrong move, huge mistake! The driver took us around the island 3 times, took 3 hours to do a 45 minute journey, ran out of gas and tried to drop us at the wrong hotel. This is going to be an izzi bag adventure I can feel it.

We arrived at the hotel in San Juan and after a goodnights sleep decided to go to the pool for the day. Laying on a sun bed I nearly had a heart attack to open my eyes and see this little fellow sitting next to me!

iggi Iguana

iggi Iguana

 

As you can see he wasn’t small around 40 inches long and constantly climbed trees and then jumped into the swimming pool, I kid you not.

I have to say and I apologise before I get lots of comments on this the food left a lot to be desired, or maybe we just ate at the wrong places, but when I ordered a salad and was served it with a tomato ketchup dressing I knew it was time to move on.

Tomato Ketchup on your Salad?

Tomato Ketchup on your Salad?

The next few days seem to all roll into one as we relaxed and enjoyed our holiday. On day six I was really excited to be going on a cruise and here are some of the highlights.

Caribbean Sunshine can't be beaten

Caribbean Sunshine can't be beaten

 

As you will probably remember from my holiday in the summer I am not that fond of St Maarten so when the first port of call was Philipsburg I was determined to stay on the ship. Well that was until I saw this from my balcony. Now if I spelt the owner’s name wrong I am not apologizing sorry I really am not, this new dingy (meow) cost in excess of $200 million.

Roman Abramovich dinky yacht

Roman Abramovich dinky yacht

Anyway why would I be jealous? this is the ship I was on and it slept 2000, I guess the only difference is that I did not know any of my fellow guests and the ship isn’t mine. But let’s not split hairs.!

Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas

Antigua has to be one of the prettiest islands and Izzet and I went on a helicopter ride to the almost deserted island of Montserrat. This is due to the fact that it has an active Volcano, which has sent most of the island into an Exclusion Zone as it is so dangerous. It is amazing to see houses and churches that have been buried by Volcanic Rock and very sad to think that people had to just abandon everything they owned as the Volcano erupted. We had a real adventure that day, I will never forget the look on Izzet’s face as the pilot flew over the island, it was an absolute picture.

Off to Montserrat

Off to Montserrat

Abandoned Houses in Montserrat

Abandoned Houses in Montserrat

Smoking Volcano

Smoking Volcano

We had a wonderful day in Barbados with Dr Gerry Curatola and his family. We spent the day at their villa in a Marina on the North side of the island which was where Sir Phillip Green had his yacht moored for the holiday season. We were told that Simon Cowell was also going to be arriving that day but we could not wait as we had swimming to do and rum punch to drink.

We moved on to St Lucia, which is probably my favourite island in the whole Caribbean.  St Lucia is very unspoilt and so green and pretty, we visited a Cocoa plantation and also the Sulphur drive in Volcano, which smelt like rotten eggs,  as a drive in I don’t think it will catch on sorry!

The Drive in Sulphur Volcano - St Lucia

The Drive in Sulphur Volcano - St Lucia

I forgot to mention that we saw Dolphins in Dominica whilst we were whale watching. Although we didn’t actual see any Whales after searching for around 4 hours, we gave up. But I have to say that the Dolphin pods were spectacular, they jumped in and out of the water and swam underneath our boat. If you ever go to the island I highly recommend you make that trip. I did not know that baby Dolphins are black in color and only become silvery grey as they grow into adults.

Dolphins Jumping so close to the boat

Dolphins Jumping so close to the boat

We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and although we were not in the UK with our family I have to say that neither or us missed the snow that London had or the blizzard that hit New York. But now we are back to reality and Izzet and I have traded in our swimming shorts for our fur lined Wellington Boots. So on that note…..

Christmas Night on Serenade of the Seas

Christmas Night on Serenade of the Seas

Happy New Year……..

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Today in New York full of snow!

New York or Barbados? it's a hard one!

New York or Barbados? it's a hard one!