Saturday, December 10, 2011
The Strand, Best Bookstore ever.
Last night we had the pleasure to hear David Sedaris read and speak at The Strand. If David Sedaris is coming your way I recommend catching him. Just don't say "awesome " - it will cost you ;)
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The wild East Coast of Barbados, our bedroom at Sea-U Guest House and the coast below. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo
When I travel, I do not like to stay in big hotels or resorts. I also prefer to have a kitchen available, because traveling while vegetarian can be a challenge.
Life has turned out such that my parents and I unfortunately live far away from another. My parents are very supportive and they never ask for anything and sometimes I feel they get the short end of the stick. So last year with their 50th wedding anniversary looming, I wanted to give them a great gift.
My love for travel stems from my parents enthusiasm for discovery, so I figured taking them somewhere would be the perfect gift.
I did not want it to be too far away and I wanted it to be some place warm with good vibes and a hospital (my parents are in their seventies), that wouldn't break the bank. I decided on Barbados after reading about a lovely old fashion Caribbean guest house on Barbados' East Coast.
Sea-U Guest House in Bathsheba was as quaint and as authentic as I hoped for. The East Coast of Barbados is a different world from the white beaches and over-developed South-West of Barbados. The East Coast is still wild and it's rougher sea has made it a favorite for surfers.
Sea-U Guest house sits high over a cliff, and always has a breeze and the soundtrack of the Caribbean Sea. The house itself is a typical Caribbean wooden house with shutters and porches.
I rented the entire floor of the main house, which comes with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi), a living room, a small sitting room and a full kitchen - flanked by a wonderful large covered porch with another dining table - and lots of quiet and privacy.
The decor is romantic and our bed and linens were divine.
Sea-U has it's own restaurant that will accommodate vegetarians and other special requests and it also has a delightful self-service bar.
The grounds are intimate and well kept with majestic views of the ocean and many great walks near by.
Barbados was great.It was really relaxing and I will definitely go back. If you go, rent a car, and go explore. It's well worth it.
The grounds at Sea-U. ©Nina Buesing Corvallo
I wasn't having such a great morning, but then I watched Alec Baldwin on Conan and he cheered me right up. He shared some very astute observations about our neighborhood. I hope Mr. Baldwin joins the Block Association :)