Brace yourself, as we are now going to leap from the middle of March Real Time, backward to October (2012). October has historically been a big Ex-Pat Holiday Travel Month. In China, we celebrated National Week and now in Europe, we celebrate something else. I think it might just be "Fall Break" from school. Honestly, I'm not sure. You would think I could google it, but I'm a few days behind right now and it's just not high enough on the priority list to warrant a google.
But, pretend it's October, okay?
As we sat back and caught our respective breathes after our whirlwind summer (and, by the way, blog readers missed the actual life events that involved three separate countries in the space of a few days, children scattered across those countries, then rounded up again, additional children added to the mix and then returned to their hearths and homes, plus multiple birthday parties ... so really whirlwind), the question arose: "Whatever shall we do for our October holiday?"
I put a good bit of research into South Africa. It's a less expensive time of year to go than around Christmas (when the prices on everything double), and it's a place we would really love to get to. However, even during a "less expensive time of the year," you're talking a pocketful of change to get us all there. Plus, the sort of travel one does in South Africa when you have two weeks is On! The! Go! sort of traveling. I was looking at driving the Garden Route, so we'd be a night here, a night there for two weeks.
Given that our breathing was still ragged from the summer, we decided a holiday of leisure would be more in order. A place where we could get the sun on our faces and a warm breeze through our hair before settling in for the long, cold slog to spring that our northern climes brings. And, lo and behold, Cyprus in late October is still warm enough to hang out in bathing suits, but it's the off season! So, fewer fellow travelers, cheaper accommodation and a generally more relaxed kind of place to be. Sold!
Our plan for the week was to make like slugs. Which is exactly what we did. Jeff found a nice house on the ocean with internet, we had a rental car to drive around when we felt like driving around, and a deck to hang out on when we felt like hanging out. What will follow will be a lot of beauty shots of sunsets, because, basically, that's what we did. Take pictures of the sun setting.
And that's all for now, folks. Here's a sunset to whet the appetite for what will probably be a week of sunset photos.