Oh, a Canadian winter! How fun it is. If you live in Eastern Ontario like I do, you found yourself gearing up for today’s storm. We got hammered with about 15 cm of the fluffy white stuff and spent a good part of the afternoon shovelling ourselves out. To be honest with you, I’m not complaining, I love a good Canadian winter storm! There’s just something about the way the snow crunches below my feet. Perhaps it’s because it is a fond memory of my father and I on Christmas Eve (read more about that in my previous post by clicking here!) or maybe it’s because I actually don’t have to do the shoveling, that’s part of my husband’s household chores. I just get to play with the kids and enjoy the fun part of the winter.
However, as much as I love winter, a little break right in the middle of it, to go somewhere warm, is sometimes just what I need. I used to go down south every winter! We would spend the week between Christmas and New Years at an all inclusive resort and come back beautifully sun kissed and ready to take on the new year.
My last trip down south was my honeymoon!
We decided on Cuba and stayed at the Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero. Click this link to check out their website. What a stunning resort. It did not disappoint. I have to admit, being a vegetarian I found the food options a little slim, however, we made it work by taking advantage of the all you can eat buffets with salad bars. The beach is phenomenal and the best part was how romantic they made the trip for us. We had a special dinner just for the two of us out by the pool after dark, with candles and all. At another restaurant they had a gentleman play his guitar at our table and, to my surprise (not my husband’s surprise apparently) he played the song I walked down the aisle to. To say the tears were flowing would be an understatement. The staff members were amazing and so accommodating. After leaving one of the bars one night, my husband (who had downed a few cervezas) decided he wanted to take a short cut through some bushes (even though I strongly suggested otherwise) and he tripped and rolled the ankle he had broken a few years back. The staff saw him limping and stopped their car to give us a lift back to our room. They brought him ice and told us if we needed a lift anywhere for the rest of our trip to just call them and they would be there in seconds – I made my husband walk. One of my favorite events they hosted was called the White Night event. We all had to dress in white and had drinks up by the hot tub. It was a great way to mingle with other guests, we had a great time.
I’ll never forget that vacation, it was truly amazing and we do plan on going back one year! Since having the boys a vacation hasn’t quite made it on to the planner, however, it will happen again! Perhaps Walt Disney will be our next vacation! My how the times have changes.