We are back after a couple of spring/early summer island vacations.
We visited Maldives and Cyprus, both beautiful places with amazing beaches.
Here are a few pics and videos...enjoy!
Hard Rock Maldives
We went back to Maldives for our 6-day Eid break at the start of June, this time staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.
It was a great resort with lots of live music and amazing restaurants.
We had a couple days with friends Dave & Nicky before they went back to the UK.
Lots of time chilling on the white sand and in the pool.
Once again...strongly recommend the Maldives if you ever get a chance!
We went to Cyprus at the start of June for a long weekend. 4 days is not enough time to see this beautiful island, but we definitely enjoyed our time in Ayia Napa.
Cyprus has a huge Greek influence and you can find their food and wines everywhere...at really good prices! We spent our time in Ayia Napa which is known for it's party vibe, as many 20-30 year olds from the UK come there to hit the clubs and bars which go until 4-5am. Not sure how us old farts were supposed to fit it but we put in a strong effort.
Check out the "Summer of '69" video below and watch Lisa dancing. A guy walks by and starts dancing with her. Keep an eye for his wife who comes in to clean him up and then he walks off with his head down. So funny!
We enjoyed the beautiful Nissi Beach and did a boat trip that was pretty wild. It even had it's own police (Constable Cruise) that would arrest you and make you pay the penalty of a shot and free drink. Best police ever!! Once again...it was us partying with a bunch of 20-30 year olds.
If you want cheap drinks and food, beautiful beaches, crystal blue water, and some amazing old architecture and ruins, then definitely visit Cyprus. Next time we will stay longer and visit Larnaca, Limassol, Pissouri, and Paphos as well as the party town of Ayia Napa. Cyprus also has some nice golf courses and lots of wine tours.
And less than a 3 hour flight from us!!!
We have 3 weeks left to plan details for our upcoming trips...
Fun times! Will try to upload a blog with Canada and Africa safari pics in late August.
Hope everyone has a great summer!
Cheers and love from L&J
We hope you had a great Easter weekend and are ready for summer. With the recent snowfalls for our friends and family in Canada, it may not feel like summer is ready for you.
We just hit our 6 year mark in the Middle East and are still loving every bit of it! Hard to believe it has been 6 already.
Most COVID restrictions have now lifted, which is great news for people like us who want to travel more and not have the hassles and restrictions! Dangerous on the pocket book however!
Some news we are so excited about...we are getting our first visitor to Saudi!!! Our friend Anita will fly back with us from Canada in July, get to experience our Saudi life for a couple weeks, and then will join us in Africa. You can not even imagine how pumped we are to host our first guest here!!!
This blog shares some of our spring 2022 highlights - Dubai a couple of times, an awesome T&A trip to Cabo San Lucas, Miami, and lots of fun in Saudi & Bahrain.
Enjoy the pics and videos...
New Years 2022 - Bahrain
We had a great time bringing in New Years in Bahrain. We did a brunch at McGettigans with friends Devin & Michelle. Food and drinks were flowing....a great way to kick off 2022 in style!
Saudi & Bahrain in Spring
Spring in the Middle East is beautiful weather so it's nice to get out and enjoy times with friends. Here are pics from some brunches, and amazing hat, an outdoor nursery in Saudi, and cuddles with the cat!
Dubai - Jan 2022
We went to Dubai for a long weekend in January and had an amazing weekend.
The weekend started off with a rooftop patio, dinner and drinks with friends Nigel & Jayne. Once again, it is amazing how you meet the best people. Met them at a Maldives resort in October 2020 and have been able to connect a few times since. Great people with amazing stories after living in the Middle East for 20+ years!
We spent a day at the Expo 2020 - amazing job with this Dubai! WOW! Incredible pavilions from every country - the architecture is stunning. The place is massive (check the video below) so could not even come close to seeing everything. Had to come back for another day - see the March section in this blog.
We went out for a brunch at STK...quite possibly the best brunch we have ever been to - great food and drinks and an awesome vibe! After that, we met up with friends Frank & Sherri (Americans in Dubai) and ran into Gabriel & Dorina (met them on the Croatia cruise in 2021...they are a fun couple from Montenegro).
Dubai...we can't get enough of you!
T&A in Cabo San Lucas - Feb 2022
T&A 2022 went back to where it all started...Cabo San Lucas on the west side of Mexico at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula (south of California). Our hotel was the Riu Palace Baja California.
2022's cast of characters included us, Mark & Gayle, Meghan & Joe, Marilyn, and a newcomer - Marilyn's sister Stephanie.
There was also a special guest appearance by Kevin, better known as "KP", who we both worked with in Winnipeg. Great to see him again after many years! For anyone who was at our wedding 15 years ago in the Dominican, you will most likely remember KP as the person giving my aunts "sexy rides" in the pool.
There were the usual shenanigans - pool drinks, dance parties, Super Bowl parties, threats from security after "borrowing" a bike, and crashing a wedding. Well, actually crashing the first dance. Whoops.
We did a fun excursion - whale watching, boat trip, pub crawl in Cabo, and then a few beach bars, before a rowdy water taxi ride back to our hotel (check the video below for some Grammy award winning performances).
Once again, the bartender foiled any sexy Valentine's Day plans by getting Lisa drunk. She went to "sleep" early so Jeff flew solo for Valentine's Day dinner....or did he?
Luckily, he found a date (a huge piece of bark from a palm tree) that Joe brilliantly named "Leafsa". So Leafsa joined Jeff for dinner, did a photo shoot with her new man, and had shots with Steph (video is below). Lisa was quite surprised to wake up with Leafsa cuddled up next to Jeff. If I recall, the words were "What the fuck??" And then Leafsa was gone.
Always a great time seeing the T&A gang. Hoping we can get more out for the next T&A adventure in spring '23. Stay tuned for details...
Off to Miami.
Miami - Feb 2022
We stopped in Miami for a few days on our way back to the Middle East. Always a great time in this city, as we love the beaches, the food and drinks, the shopping, and the overall vibe.
We thought we would do a few things we had never done in Miami before:
- Hop On, Hop Off Bus - saw some new areas of Miami, including a new area that looked really cool (Wynwood...more on that later), went to a favorite of ours - Bayside Marketplace for mojitos, and then ended in Little Havana for drinks, shopping, and some Cuban food (Lisa LOVES Cubano sandwiches). It was so cool to enjoy drinks there while listening to Cuban music and seeing the cigar making shops.
- Wynwood Marketplace - after driving past it on the bus, we went back to this very cool area of Miami. It is the arts district and has amazing signs and painted buildings plus the incredible Wynwood Marketplace, a 60,000 square foot outdoor complex with art, shops, food trucks, and bars. Great music all over. (see the video below).
- Hollywood - we cabbed to Hollywood, just north of Miami to check it out. Found a cool little restaurant (Le Tub Saloon) that had a cool vibe, amazing burgers, and was along the water.
The rest of the time we spent in South Beach, enjoying the bars (the Clevelander still rocks! See videos below), restaurants (Havana 1957, Sandwicherie...yum!), shopping, and the great beaches!
Can't wait to get back to Miami!
Dubai - March 2022