The Hero(ine) Returns

Photo, taken by me, shows a typical, wonderful Cyprus sunset.  We got into the habit of going to this beach bar for a "sundowner".
@Vivenda (588)
Portsmouth, England
September 19, 2016 8:30am CST
Well, you may now assemble the welcome committee, as I have returned from my holiday! Please don’t go to any trouble. A steel band would be a trifle excessive, although a trumpet fanfare might be nice. Seriously, we had a fantastic time. It was strange to go away as a family again. Our “kids” are in their mid-30s and both without partners at the moment, so it seemed a good opportunity. It worked out well, with only minor fights. The weather was too hot for us wimpy Brits to do as much sightseeing as we’d have liked, but the villa had a fantastic pool, and two good restaurants were well within distance for an evening walk. The heat really was, er, hot, though! For a couple of days, it was 38 degrees Celsius, which was higher than we experienced in Barbados last year. Very different heat, though! In Barbados, no clothes ever dried, and we arrived home with everything smelling and feeling slightly damp. In Cyprus, clothes dried in less than an hour. The washing machine in the villa really came into its own, and I soon found out that I’d over-packed to an even greater extent than usual. On the flight to Paphos, I reckon I was the only passenger struggling to come to grips with Modern Greek grammar. As everyone pointed out beforehand, I really needn’t have bothered. I don’t think we encountered anyone who couldn’t speak some English. However, it’s challenged me – I think I shall try to learn more before we go back again. And we shall certainly go back, I think, if only to explore the other end of the island. All in all, a good holiday, although somewhat marred by the chaos at Paphos airport on the way back. If I were not completely, head-over-heels in love with Barbados, I’d say it was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. What is your best-ever holiday location?
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@LadyDuck (176638)
• Switzerland
19 Sep 16
There are two locations that I particularly liked, the Isle of Sint Maarten (Netherland Antilles) and Key West, FL.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
I thought I'd answered this, Anna, but I must have forgotten to press Comment. Key West is certainly on my list of places to visit.
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@LadyDuck (176638)
• Switzerland
20 Sep 16
@Vivenda I loved this place, it's just to be in the Caribbean, but you are in the United States and you can quit the place using a car, it's not necessary to have a boat or to board an airplane.
@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
19 Sep 16
Hi and welcome back. Glad to hear that everything went quite well on your family vacation. It is nice that you were able to get away with your kids. That doesn't happen much when they get older. My favorite holiday location is wherever I am with family or friends.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
Yes, company's very important, isn't it?
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
19 Sep 16
@Vivenda Yes it is!
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
19 Sep 16
Tada! Tada! Is that fanfare enough? I'm glad you had a lovely time, and that beach looks perfect for the sundowners. That's the worst thing about travelling - the airports. I don't think I could pick out one favourite location , I've been to so many fabulous places, though never Cyprus.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
I know what you mean, Janet - there are so many beautiful and fascinating places in the world!
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@responsiveme (16816)
• India
19 Sep 16
Welcome . Mine is Andaman Islands
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
I'm not quite sure where that is - I must look it up!
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• Eugene, Oregon
19 Sep 16
I really enjoyed my time in Italy several years ago and would love to return there again.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
As far as Italy's concerned, I've only visited Venice. Venice is definitely in my top three favourite cities, the other two being Barcelona and - rather surprisingly, perhaps - Washington DC.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Sep 16
@Vivenda That is surprising about D.C.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
20 Sep 16
@JamesHxstatic I wasn't prepared for the way it was laid out, the reflections in the lakes, and all the rest of it - I found it truly magnificent, in its way. (This was back in 1982 - we were living in Albany at the time.) I do think, however, that, considering all the fuss and notoriety it gained, Watergate was a most unremarkable building!
• Greece
20 Jan 17
As someone who continues to struggle with Greek I would say keep it up girl! It is an interesting language and this kind of compensates for the agony of the grammar.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
21 Jan 17
As someone who has struggled with Ancient Greek at "A" Level - and passed it, albeit by the skin of my teeth - I find that there's an awful lot of unlearning to do in order to succeed with Modern Greek - and that's the worst part!
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• Greece
22 Jan 17
@Vivenda pronunciation for a start! If you have A level Ancient Greek then modern Greek is going to be a doddle for you.
@pgntwo (22568)
• Carthage, Tunisia
19 Sep 16
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
Thank you so much, pgn - I feel thoroughly and suitably welcomed now!
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@pgntwo (22568)
• Carthage, Tunisia
19 Sep 16
@Vivenda I remember the days when Ryanair used to play a fanfare whenever they landed on-schedule... first time I heard it, I had no idea what it was!
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
19 Sep 16
Sounds like you had a great holiday. There are several places I've been too that I have fallen in love with so it's hard to choose.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
Yes, there are so many wonderful places. I think that, of all of them, it's the islands of the Caribbean - especially Barbados - that get to me most, however.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
23 Sep 16
@Vivenda I would love a Caribbean cruise
• Preston, England
19 Sep 16
I loved Toronto in Canada - so much to see there
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
That's another place I'd love to visit, Arthur - I've heard it's really beautiful!
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• Preston, England
20 Sep 16
@Vivenda I also loved Helsinki
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@amadeo (73296)
• United States
19 Sep 16
Oh!we have so many to choose from.We love Italy,Guatemala,Spain ,Central America.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
19 Sep 16
Of those, I've only been to Spain, which I really love. If they count as Spain, I love Tenerife and Lanzerote.
@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Oct 16
Glad you had such a good time. Clothes dry quickly here too although not at the moment. It's still wet and cold although we should be having much better weather now.