Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pinepark/Heaven and Hell

Below you will find a collection of photos from our weekend trip. We drove about 3 hours west with our friends Dan and Angelica and their kids Noah and Rowan. The drive was, for the most part, right along the Meditteranean. The water is a beautiful blue that I don't think I've ever seen before. Gorgeous. We drove through mountain passes to find our destination nested in a valley on the ocean. Everything about the geography was breathtaking.

We stayed at an all-inclusive resort called Pinepark for 2 nights. The property was filled with orange, lemon, and lime trees-making the air so fragrant. The weather was cool and breezy-which was a refreshing change of pace from what we are used to. The kids had fun running around, going to the petting zoo on the property, throwing rocks into the ocean, and going down the water slide. The adults had fun playing card games and chatting at night after the kids went down for bed.

On the way home, we stopped at ruins known as Heaven and Hell. Heaven is a deep rock crevase that leads to a giant cave opening. At the cave, their are the ruins of a 4th-5th century Byzantine church. It sort of reminded me of a smaller version of what Indiana Jones entered on his search for the Holy Grail in the dessert (anyone remember that flick?). There were 450 steps down-which I soon figured out meant that there were 450 steps back up. Quite the workout, but totally worth it to see that piece of church history. W was on his leash (bad mom, bad mom) because the steps were uneven and slippery, but Ryan ended up carrying him for most of the time.

We enjoyed our little trip and made great friends in the process. Enjoy the pictures!

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