PHOTO DIARY: BARBADOS

My week in Barbados was absolutely incredible – I documented every day of my Madly Amusing adventure and thought I’d share it with all of you.


For those that don’t know, my brother, Antony, came along as my photographer for the trip. I might be biased, but he did an amazing job. Not a lot of brothers would spend a week following their sister around with a camera, so before I get into any details of the trip, this guy deserves a well-earned thank you.

So thank you, Boo —  for the laughs, the moments, the memories, and all those times we had to tell people you weren’t my boyfriend.


Now that the mushy stuff is out of the way, here is the day-by-day photo diary of my time in Barbados with Cobblers Cove.

 


Day One


After a long day of travel, nothing felt better than being welcomed to Cobbler’s Cove with an ice-cold Rum Punch — a famous drink on the island.

Filled with an all-consuming sense of wanderlust, I put on my red one piece and explored the gardens outside of our suite. I was in awe of the amazing property we would be spending our week at.

I couldn’t resist enjoying my first Barbados sunset from the comfort of the Caribbean Sea. The blue water and colorful sky surpassed all my already high expectations for what Barbados would have in store.

As dinner time approached, we got dressed up and headed to the famous Camelot Restaurant. This night was only the start to a week of indulging in some of the best cuisine in the world.


Day Two


I quickly resorted to my mermaid ways and threw on a suit first thing in the morning. I lounged by the pool and took a swim in the clear blue sea.

After a day of sunshine and salt water, I paired my sun-burnt cheeks with my favorite yellow pants and headed to dinner. There was a live performer to accompany our delicious meal. I felt like I was in a Caribbean dream that I never wanted to wake up from.

When faced with the big dilemma of what dessert should top off our three course meal, I answered how everyone should: We’ll take one of each – a decision I will never regret.


Day Three


No better start to our morning than a tour around the garden at Cobblers Cove right after breakfast.

At lunch, I enjoyed the local catch of the day, Mahi Mahi. This was a first for me! I was a little nervous, but traveling is all about getting out of my comfort zone. The good news is I loved every bite of it.

Our afternoon was spent in the Great House, enjoying tea, some competitive games of backgammon, and the company of the friendly staff.

God painted an amazing sunset for us this night. I have never seen anything like it, it was like the sky was cut in half. I guess that is why sunsets are so captivating — you can watch them every single day and they are never the same.


Day Four


I spent the morning enjoying time in the Caribbean Sea.

After a few days of isolation and only speaking with the lovely employees at the hotel, we made friends with some other guests from the States – The Bredrups. This family of four from Virginia was so sweet. The parents had such amazing stories to tell and their two boys were so mature and well-mannered.

Their son, Fisher, is a photographer. At such a young age, he is filled with so much passion and talent. I can’t wait to see where his art takes him. I asked him if I could share a couple of the images he took while on his family vacation at Cobblers Cove.

I don’t know a lot in life, but I do know that this boy has the ability to go amazing places with his work. Follow his Instagram, @FisherBredrup13, to keep up with his photography.

Our day of bonding with new friends came to an end at the Camelot Restaurant, where Chef Jason Joseph once again outdid himself.


Day Five


We enjoyed a lovely breakfast at The Camelot Restaurant to prepare us for our big day on the water.

After waiting 30 minutes after we ate (thanks, mom), we went snorkeling with the help of the Water Sports Team at the resort. We got to swim with Hawksbill Turtles and small schools of fish!

After a tiring day in the sun, we put on our Sunday best and headed to dinner. Another night of consuming more desserts than I should with absolutely no regrets.


Day Six


I enjoyed a hot tea to start my morning off right. To say we were exhausted after our day of snorkeling would be an understatement.

We even decided to stay in for lunch and enjoy the luxury room service that Cobblers Cove provides. If you know me, you know that a swimsuit, huge steak, and sea-view are a serious dream come true… like, honestly, top ten moments of my life.

We spent the day relaxing, taking in views and soaking up our last couple days of sun.

We didn’t let the short lived tropical storm that rolled in stop the fun. The little kid in me couldn’t resist running around the garden in the rain.


Day Seven


Our last day in Barbados with Cobblers Cove was just as amazing as the first. I laid out by the bright flowers with the even brighter sun blinding my eyes.

Antony and I enjoyed the waves in the afternoon. Low quality pictures are always some of the best, so here is Antony getting consumed by the Caribbean Sea.

 After rinsing off the sand and salt water, I sipped on a coconut and enjoyed the sun setting.

My last sunset for my Caribbean getaway was bittersweet. I made sure to take in every little detail – the cool breeze at my back, the glare of the sun, and the smell of salt in the air.


Barbados was an absolute dream. I loved every single minute of it and am so grateful to Cobblers Cove for making it possible. Saying see you later to this beautiful island was hard, but I can’t wait to return.

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