TRAVEL THERE: A LITTLE RELAXATION & A FEAST
When my husband first mentioned spending several days at the beach with his family, I was worried. I don’t beach well. About 20 minutes is all I can stand and that’s only if the wind isn’t blowing sand all over me. I had visions of interminable days on end, chained to a chaise lounge, at the mercy of people who love the beach. In reality, by the time I finally got a day to visit the beach, I was ready to enjoy it.
I may not see my grand nieces and nephews very often, but I’m no fool. I bribe them with gifts and always have a little something up my sleeve. This trip that something was my coloring equipment.
A few years ago a friend gave me everything I needed to get hooked on adult coloring. What she didn’t know was that I already loved to color, I just never seemed to have time for it. Now I have a coloring book, coloring cards, coloring pencils and a great eraser that come out whenever I travel. I like to color on the plane, but on this trip I also thought I could tempt the kids to color with me. BINGO!
The Sharm Marriott has a great pool and when the family joined us there, I was already busy coloring. Suddenly, I was the center of attention and they were eager to join me in a little coloring book action. As they shared my pencils, their mom and I had the opportunity to chat. It’s one of my favorite memories of the time in Egypt.
All good things must come to an end though and soon the nieces and nephews were on their way to Mirette’s house. It was a time for sisters and cousins, so Bill and I stayed behind to enjoy the water a little more. As I’d thought about our stay at the Marriott, one of things I’d looked forward to was a Margarita at the submerged pool bar, beneath a waterfall, but the bar didn’t open until late afternoon and I was never in the pool at that time, so I missed it.
Once the kids were gone, Bill wanted to move to the beach. I was perfectly content to hang out at the pool until the bar opened, but it was his vacation too, so out to the sandy, sweaty beach I went. After the allotted twenty minutes were over I begged to be released so I could wash my hair. Reluctantly he agreed to let me go.
Now if you are a beach person, the Marriott was great. Beautiful sand, gorgeous water, comfy lounges, rattan umbrellas, cabana boys delivering drinks – the whole nine yards. I left Bill laying in the sun and retreated to the room.
We were invited to Mirette’s home for dinner. Her mother, Bill’s sister Mona, had been cooking all day. What an absolute delight! Mona is my favorite Egyptian chef. She probably doesn’t realize she could charge me for her amazing macaroni and bechamel or her goulash (a sort of savory baklava) or her kufta or… so let’s not tell her!
She beamed as I dug in for seconds. She’s well aware of the fact that I’m always counting my calories, so asking for seconds was a compliment of the highest order, but I supplemented the obvious with even more verbal exclamations of my complete bliss over her cooking.
Next was a little mid-night shopping trip, but you’ll have to come back next week for that.