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Today I’m sharing the last in the series of travel share posts that Sally Cronin shared on her Travel Blog Series. This post can refresh your memory or be an appetizer for the new posts to come from me on travel and tips, which I’ll be writing for Sally’s new Travel Column at the Smorgasbord starting this Monday!


Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Caribbean and Canada Customs by D.G. Kaye


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Time for the last in the travel series of posts from D.G. Kaye’s blog. And this week we are off to the Caribbean and more adventures with Customs and Excise!!! First published by Debby Gies in February of 2017.

Welcome Aboard

Hello lovely people! I’ve just returned from the beautiful Caribbean, and although I’m in between my return and part 2 of our winter vacation in Arizona next week and doing lots of laundry, sorting out emails and details for the next trip, and having a few follow up doctor appointments for hubby, I’m dropping in here with a short post.

We had a spectacular vacation of fun and sun. We were blessed to have everything flow beautifully from our departure to Fort Lauderdale, all the way through our return journey home.

Fort Lauderdale

A view from our balcony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I had hoped to post more on social media, but between our constant busyness and unpredictable internet, as anticipated, I was pretty much absent on the web. While at sea, the days magically turned into night so effortlessly that time drifted by.

We were up early daily, eating breakfast on the balcony before we headed out by 9am-ish to either our lounge chairs at the pool or exploring on the shores. All the years I’ve been with my husband on vacation, he’s been the one to get out by 6am to secure the deck chairs with a towel and chair clips to ensure we ‘got a good spot’ to soak up the rays without being squashed in by too many other chairs enabling us to turn our chairs around as the sun moved. This time was different.

Balcony view on the Caribbean

A view from my cabin balcony in the Caribbean

Our friends who my husband had always got chairs for as well, repaid the favor to allow him to sleep in, and took turns waking at dawn to secure our seats. Chair saving and positioning is an art, and one the six of us are conveniently all fussy about.The weather was gorgeous and hot, particularly when we got out of the Atlantic into the Caribbean. Please continue reading . . .


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  1. My bags are packed and I am ready to leave…….♥

    1. So am I Sal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL <3 xoxo

  2. I am looking forward to your travel posts…I am sure they will be fun..See you Monday bright and early <3 xx

    1. Lol girl, you crack me up. Okay, at least you won’t miss the boat!!!!! <3 xxx

  3. I remember this post. I’m packed and ready to go too. Sally said that you’re pulling together a writers’ cruise. (Just kidding, but wouldn’t that be fun!)

    1. Let’s go!!!!! Lol. Well, I am starting to write for a travel column for her blog, and hey, you’ve given me some good food for thought Diana! 🙂 xx

  4. I do remember this one–still refreshing like a summer breeze, as we enjoy a windy rain blowing in from Mexico. 😏The remnants of a Pacific tropical storm. The rain is much needed. 😘

    1. Thanks John. I’m glad you’re getting your much needed rain. You can have it! LOL 🙂

  5. I always enjoy rereading your entertaining travelogues, Deb. Looking forward to your posts on Sally’s blog, which could very well become a ‘Dear Debby’ column 🙂 ❤️

    1. Thanks for you ongoing support Tina, and your wonderful inspiration and ideas to take my writing to a new level. You aint the PQ for nothing! 🙂 <3 xoxo

  6. Hi Debby – sounds wonderful … just what I need = but find the husband first!! Cheers Hilary

    1. Lol Hilary, maybe you will find the husband on holiday? Lol 🙂

  7. So lovely to read the last of your recent trip on Sally’s blog, Debbie. Your simple vacation routine did sound like a very simple one, but very relaxing and that’s the whole point of a holiday 🙂 Lovey to hear you got over computer withdrawal symptoms and just enjoyed the sights and experiences around you. Shopping is indeed always a good distraction! And you had the mindset to stay within your baggage allowance. Good on you 😀

    1. Thanks so much for reading Mabel and if you’re interesting in cruising, stay tuned for my new column over at Sally’s blog. 🙂 xc

      1. So exciting for you to share your work and writing in so many places, Debbie. Always so well-written from you 🙂

        1. Wow, thank you so much Mabel. 🙂 xx

  8. I very much enjoy reading your travel posts, Debby. This series is going to be great.

    1. Oh thanks so much Norah. The first of the series came out yesterday at Sally’s. I’ll be reblogging it here Friday. 🙂

  9. Ahh…I remember so well this trip Deb! I am so looking forward to your travel series, and will be over to read your first post now, my first chance to catch up this week. I’m excited to have four of my travel posts shared so kindly by Sally starting Thursday for 4 weeks. It helps me work on my memoir and keep my post somewhat humming lol! Love & hugs my beautiful travelling friend! 🙂 <3 🙂

    1. Aw thanks bunches Sher. Soooooooo happy to see you bouncing around here in blogland! Hope all is calm for you now. About time! 🙂 <3 xx

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