In October 2006, Rick, Patrick and I vacationed in Puerto Vallarta. We stayed at a beautiful spa called Villa Premiere. The Villa has only 64 rooms and each suite is spectacular! The view is incredible. I have never stayed in Mexico in such a glorious hotel. Around the pool and on the private beach, are white cabanas. Each cabana holds a double bed that sways gently in the breeze – white curtains can be pulled around the bed for privacy. Service was great although we generally dined outside the hotel. So may restaurants to choose from…. We toured a tequila factory and brought home some very old and smooth varieties of the drink. All in all, it was a truly perfect holiday!
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Our planned trip to Playa del Carmen in 2005 was cancelled because the hotel, and much of the Mayan Riveria, was destroyed in a hurricane. So, we went to Ixtapa. Although the hotel was lovely and the scenery magnificent, the beach was rocky and not good for swimming. The countryside held pretty homes with an abundance of flowers. We also spent an interesting day in Zhuatanejo.
Rick, Buck May, Patrick, Patrick’s friend Danielle, and I went to Cuba for a holiday in 2004. It was Rick’s 60th Birthday Party holiday.
You can also see my son’s photos of the same trip.
Rick and I toured Scotland by car in 1999. We stayed at many beautiful bed and breakfast places. One morning we awoke to the bleating of a sheep – it had stuck it’s head in our bedroom window to have a look at us! Scotland is steeped in history and although we are not members of The Royal Troon Golf Club, we were able to have a small tour. We saw the world’s oldest wooden golf club and also the huge gold Rolex Clock in the Club lobby. The people were gentle and we even happened upon a Scottish wedding in a pub and were invited to join in the festivities. St. Andrews was a marvel and the course appears as a windswept, small hilled field by the sea! We also visited Loch Ness and got lost in the fog.
I took this photo in 2002 when I visited Patrick in Scotalnd. We took a day trip to Carlisle, England and stopped at a tea house next to the Old Fish Shop.
In 2003, I again visited Patrick and we stayed at the old, old Peat Country Inn. The suites were two levels and very quaint.
We celebrated Patrick’s 18th birthday with dinner at Chianti and gift opening at home. Patrick popped a balloon from Rick and I and out fell our gift of a $1000 bill! It was exciting and fun. Elaine Waddell was Patrick’s girlfriend at the time. His birthday card, a caricature designed by Gary Reynolds, was also depicted on his cake. It showed Patrick wearing his brown signature hat and carrying a computer. He still has the hat, 12 years later, and has built and owned many computers since then. Yes, I am a proud Mom.