My vacation started last Wednesday. It was hubby's and my 3rd wedding anniversary. :) However, he had to work the night before, and I had an appointment to get my CPAP that morning. So much of Wednesday was spent not celebrating, but sleeping, as I stayed up WAY too late the night before and ended up only getting about 4 hours of sleep. *laughs* We did go out to dinner to celebrate our actual anniversary- and that was very nice.
Thursday was slug day, we had debated going to Toledo and in the end I delayed. My head was bugging me big time, and I didn't think I would enjoy wandering with it. However, there was much time spent with my dearest, which was the point of the vacation... Being me, I had a little song I would break out into "We're on baycation... we're _____ " filling in the blank (...goin' to the zoo, ... staying at a hotel), and yes, it's baycation, just go with me. I did reserve a room for us at a hotel in Toledo, booked boarding for the Kyle-dog, and got directions from Google Maps on how to get to each point we wanted to visit, AND home).
Friday we took Kyle in, went out for breakfast, then got ourselves packed, left extra food for the cats, and headed out. Luckily we had only just gotten to the car when I realized that I had left the directions upstairs... Directions retrieved, and we were on our way!
The first stop was The Toledo Museum of Art"
. Lovely place, I've been there before, but not for like 6 years... (Whoa... I remember it was the December before hubby and I got together, so almost 7 years. Wow.) We headed in and spent the next several hours gazing at painting after painting, and some decorative pieces (tables, fireplace mantles, etc). There were works by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Sargent, and on and on. My feet got tired of walking before my eyes got tired of looking! One very funny, to me, note. There is a section of the museum devoted to Sacred Art. In this area is The Cloister- it's a center courtyard with pillars forming the square. Each side represents a different style of arch used in the building of cloisters. At one point I happened to look across the square and saw a nun wandering around. I HAD to point this out to hubby, who was also amused. No nuns in the entire place until we were in the Cloister. Then a whole gaggle of them showed up. I was very amused, but it did make me feel a bit more irreverent. *grins* Then there were the groups of teens, talking very loudly... We tried to keep a gallery or so ahead of them. At the gift shop I was good- I only bought a couple postcards of my favorite pieces, and a pair of very pretty glass earrings.
Finally, aching feet won and we headed to the car to find our way to the hotel. The directions were good, but the signage... not so much. Especially trying to find parking... But we prevailed! Found an underground lot, parked the car and headed in. The place was somewhat disappointing initially. It wasn't terribly clean, and rather shabby, but it looked like they were doing some renovations. The elevator we took up to our room had a sticky floor, but at the time I was more amused than anything else. Being determined to be in a good mood can work! so we get to the room and upon inspection find out that the coffee maker doesn't have a carafe. However, we had 'splurged' on the junior executive suite that came with a jacuzzi big enough for two... So the room wasn't a total loss. ;)
Bright and early the next day we were off to The Toledo Zoo
. Again, we found the zoo easily enough, but parking was another story.. See, we came in the 'back' side thanks to Google Maps, which actually worked to our advantage, once we got turned around and into the parking lot. *grins* There will be a picture post later- I took so many pictures at the zoo that the camera battery almost died! I won't post all of them though. *laughs* The weather was perfect for wandering around the zoo- not too hot, bit of a wind, but most of the animals were active.
It was just a lot of fun, and a wonderful way to celebrate hubby's and my anniversary. It was really nice to just get away for a little while. We both commented when we got home that it felt like we'd been gone much longer than just one day. A good vacation sign I think. Now however I have a cold... one that I've kindly shared with the hubby (or he shared with me?).
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