Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008 - Continued

This Christmas took some getting used to, no doubt. Of course it's not easy when you go to such extremes as we did, exchanging what would have been another storm-blasted Ontario winter for Christmas on the beach, quite literally. Last night we went to midnight mass, and I think the organist, who hails from Scotland, pretty much summed up what I was thinking when he said that he had lived here for some time and was still adjusting to celebrating Christmas without the cold.

So if we couldn't have the cold (not that I really minded, to be honest), we were going to enjoy the nice weather. And so on December 24th Mimi and I drove into town, and checked out the cruise ships that were coming into Georgetown harbour.

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Here is a shot of some of the buildings that line the Georgetown harbour front:

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There were a lot of tourists, posing for pictures at the water, with the blue Caribbean as a backdrop, and I remembered how entranced I was the first time I saw the harbour, especially the cruise ships, which I thought were absolutely gigantic. I never quite did lose my fascination with them, because after months of driving into town in the morning I still marvel at their sheer size.

But today it was Mimi and I, going for a cruise. After Georgetown we decided to drive around to snap some nice pictures of the area, plus I wanted to get some up to date pictures of Mimi, as a lot of people had been asking how she was growing up. So without further ado - here are some new shots of Mimi!

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Cardboard Boat Race

Cardboard Boat Race

Cardboard Boat Race

On December 25th, we decided to go to 7 Mile Beach (the most beautiful stretch of beach on the Caymans) and go for a swim. We went later in the day, when a lot of people had left to get ready for Christmas dinner, so we had a fair amount of beach all to ourselves. In the water there was still a lot of activity, as you can see here:

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On the beach, people were celebrating Christmas by drinking from Champagne glasses, just hanging out with their friends,

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or practicing their soccer skills:

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Even I took a dip - amazing how buyoant you are with salt water!

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For a final shot of the day, Richard took this beautiful picture of a catamaran at sunset. Merry Christmas!

Cardboard Boat Race

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