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Report 2001: My Non Vacation in Antigua

By MsATravlin from Texas, Spring 2012

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Page 3 of 9: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – Seriously?

photo by arSmith

Enjoying Lunch at Hemingway's overlooking Heritage Quay

Good morning Sunshine! We awoke at 5:30, showered and out of the bungalow by 6 for our power walk around the resort. I’d been so looking forward to the great workout of the steep hills and valleys while getting acquainted with the layout of the land and taking the beautiful vistas early in the morning. We had an exhilarating 60 minute workout from one end of the resort to the other.

Breakfast was served starting at 7:30 but they had coffee, tea & pastries on offer for us early risers while waiting for the restaurant to get started. I’d read how they serve the same breakfast items daily so I’d already planned how this would go for me. Instead of pigging out on everything at once, I’d simply eat sensibly like I do at home with eggs, one breakfast meat and one starch. This way every day I’d have something new to try and would not get bored with the same fare. This worked beautifully ... when I could eat. But I digress, today I had the bacon, eggs and roasted potatoes with coffee, orange juice and fruit. One serving was very filling and satisfying. On the itinerary for today was our sojourn to St. John’s for shopping and 1:00 lunch reservations at Hemingway’s. We got cleaned up and dressed and called the front desk inquiring about their shuttle to St. John’s. When we got to the front to meet our cab guess who it was, Luke! We shared the ride with a couple and their children so James and I ended up paying a bit less than the $28US we were initially quoted for the round trip.

We had a nice outing. Our first foray was into Heritage Quay (pronounced “key”) where the cruise ships come in and they have high-end duty free shopping. There were no cruise ships in port this day so it was pretty quiet compared to what it could have been. Of course, James just had to go to a couple of the casinos around. I went into a little shop advertising designer labels like Prada and such. I wanted to see their Prada collection. I went in and saw no Prada items at all although there were other so-called designers that I did not feel was a bargain and even more so did not get the feel of authenticity from them. We ventured out of that shopping center into the local area of the town and found the Australian ice cream shop so lovingly referred to by many travelers. The ice creams looked very rich and creamy (like gelato) with yummy flavors so the plan was to return after lunch for our dessert.

After getting turned around a bit, we made it to Hemingway’s and had a lovely lunch overlooking Heritage Quay. My throat started feeling achy so rather than trying to find our way back to the Australian ice cream shop I had the rum raisin ice cream at Hemingway’s. It was good and strong but looked nothing like Australian’s creams.

By the time we made it back to the resort I was feeling pretty bad and thought I’d take a Benadryl and make it out to the beach to sleep in the warm sun but I fell asleep on the bed and when I awoke it was dark and I was feeling very bad with a terribly sore throat. James brought some hot seafood chowder from The Seabreeze but I could not swallow and of course had no appetite. What type of vacation was this shaping up to be?

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