I tossed the damp towel on the edge of the bathtub. A couple of hours later, it was still there.
Must only mean one thing………vacation is over. Here at home, there are no efficient maids that work behind the scenes. (to be clear, this is a picture of the hotel bathroom, not the master bath in our home )
This year to celebrate 35 years of being married, we chose to do something completely different. Certainly, different for us. In a surprising twist, two folks who don’t drink, smoke or gamble decided to go to Las Vegas, Nevada!
To spend time, in a glamorous suite, at the Venetian exploring a whole new world was most certainly different and quite an adventure.
It was a week of art, beauty, gardens, waterfalls, food, glorious food, treats and sunshine! We are so used to pouring rain and gray, it took a day or so for us to dry out and revel in the glorious rays of the sun.
Daily breakfast at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon restaurant had VACATION written all over it. Seriously folks. I want live in that restaurant. I want that floor. The service was extraordinary. The food was exemplary. If you order the French Toast it is little pillows of heaven served on the most exquisite marmalade you have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The coffee is perfect. Oh, and then as you are just about to leave……….wait for it………they bring you a “to-go” cup of coffee, already with the perfect amount of cream to take with you, to help you ease into the day. BLESS THEM and what they have created. Such extravagance.
The gondola ride was anniversary perfect. The music, the gondolier, the roses, the water, the perfect (faux) sky…… charming, every moment of it was charming and fun (I mean romantic).
Having my palm read has been a secret desire. I don’t know why I have never been brave enough. Vacation has a way of making you brave enough to try new things. I did it and it was super fun & silly & wonderful all mixed together. After she was done, I told her she was spot on and accurate about everything. (I wanted her to know she did a good job.) She said, “I know, it’s my job.” Really? How did she know I study one hour each morning? ummmm….
A daily treat of swimming and lounging by the garden pool, was so nice. Just hearing the waterfall and lollygagging for hours was dreamy.
We visited some beautiful gardens and wondered around until we found a glorious bakery. See? Vacation is DREAMY!!
Vacations allow us glorious time, somehow remind us we have permission to slowly walk through a garden and fill our spirits with saturated color and beauty. We walk slower, we take more time to gather goodness.
This Monday morning, our vacation envelope is empty.
Time to start saving and dreaming about our next adventure. I’ll wait for you to go get an envelope and pen. Saving and anticipating the next glorious adventure is wonderful. Write on the outside of the envelope where you want to go. Put a dollar in the envelope. Seriously, one dollar. Seed money.
Vacation fills our pitcher. We owe it to ourselves to dream and anticipate and plan. Then once on vacation, the sun feels warmer, the coffee is richer, the pool more relaxing, the desserts are more decadent (I forgot to tell you all about the glorious, thick, creamy dreamy Tiramisu dessert that we had made right at our table……..ah……) oh, and did I mention the shared tangy, Lemon Gelato?
Taking the time to plan a 35th anniversary vacation, reminds us to celebrate what a really good marriage we have. Yes, my friend, celebrating marriage is THAT important. By making an effort to celebrate anniversary 4 or 17, those celebrations most certainly help you get to number 35. By celebrating number 35 it helps you get to number 47 and so on……
Here’s to great marriages, amazing experiences and wonderful breakfasts in French restaurants!