Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Baby Mooning

Brace yourself for picture overload!

These are pictures of our "Baby Moon" in Eureka Springs.

We stayed in a B&B at the top of a steep hill above the main roads of the tourist town.

This is me, checking out the fancy bathroom and lovely decor over the windows. We were on the third floor, by the way. Note to future pregnant self: Stay somewhere with an elevator, or stay on the ground floor!

This is the handsome photographer husband, doing what handsome photographer husbands do when on a nature walk.

This is our appetizer at my favorite restaurant, Ermilio's. Lucky us, it was within walking distance from our B&B, so we went there almost as soon as we arrived in town. That is a bowl of mussels in a heavenly sauce. Random fact: The waiter dared us to drink the sauce. We didn't do it, but almost did. It was that good. They also instructed us to spread the roasted garlic cloves on our bread with butter. This was a lot of work, but we did as we were told. 

This is me with crazy hair and a fake smile. I really was happy, but my camera smiles were kind of weird on this trip for some reason. Excusez-moi.

The B&B provided free coffee and that thing all fancy establishments are required to provide- chocolate on the pillow. Nothing like waking up in the morning to coffee and a kiss. ;)

We had gourmet breakfasts delivered to our table in our bedroom every morning. This plate was particularly phenomenal. Those potatoes... Oh my. Although, in the future, I think I'll plan on staying somewhere in which they don't walk into your bedroom first thing in the morning. One feels the pressure of putting on airs, if you know what I mean. 

Orange juice was served in these giant glass bottles. Totally cool. Micah felt the urge to drink straight from the glass. Also, our napkins were wrapped with a bent fork, as pictured below. We decided to be goofy. Why??? Because we're on vacation, silly. 

Oh, and the room had lots of antique mirrors and decorations. The above-right is just such a mirror, picturing yours truly. It is random, but maybe not un-artistic. 

THE coffee shop in town. Um... talk about snooty! It's so weird to be in an establishment smack dab in the middle of a tourist town, in which the owners quite clearly hate tourists. ??? And the coffee is... okay. The service was sloooooow and unfriendly. And there was a creepy Easter parade going on outside, composed of lots of religious chanting, about four Jesus impersonators, some big trucks, and a Jesus/Sheep/Star-shaped statue. And they threw candy at people. One barista up and walked out to watch for her father in this lame-sauce, twilight-zone parade. There was a long line. The other barista ignored us. We eventually were able to pay too much money for our mediocre beverages and exchange frightened looks at the spectacle moving slowly by in the street. All is well that ends well.

We obviously enjoyed the chocolatey whipped cream on our drinks, however. :) Yes, we have always been this photogenic. It's a gift. Don't feel bad.

The lower level of the town, captured from the top of a bridge that crosses from a building to the upper street. I love this view.

My date in the dimly lit Rogue's Manor. Very atmospheric. One feels the need to whisper. And order steak. We did indeed whisper, and order steak. Such a heavenly steak one has never tasted before. I almost fell asleep. That's how good it was.

An amazing creme brulee on a fancy plate. The really amazing thing was the cup of coffee we ordered with it. (Creme brulee and black coffee= heavenly combo, by the way) I had never tasted a coffee that was so close in flavor and quality to what we drank in Papua New Guinea.  It was uncanny. Next time we visit Eureka Springs, I think we'll just get a plain coffee to go from this friendly, fancy restaurant rather than annoy the owners of Daily Roast Coffee. 

Me, excited about breakfast again. Story of my life.

(Above Left) Adventures in the humidor. (Above Right) Saying goodbye to our staircase and B&B. 

A rare photo of us together. We need to do more of these. Those darn iphones are hard to take pictures with, since we don't have the kind that let you see yourself on the screen. Also, our regular camera was out of action all weekend. But here we are. 4 1/2 years after our honeymoon, on a babymoon. What's the difference, you ask? Well, this mama had a ridiculously hard time trekking all across town, up and down steep hills and stair cases, etc. That is the difference. Also, no wine-sipping. I sort of missed that. But I suppose that's about it. 

Some sentimental pictures of Evie and I. We couldn't forget about our baby girl while we were on vacation!

I sincerely hope to make it back within the next five years. A lot changes in five years, in case you wondered. And a lot changed in Eureka, it seemed. The spiritual stuff in that town is getting a little weird. There is an odd mixture of Christianity/Religiosity (meaning, some of it feels a little unauthentic, though I'm sure not all of it is), and Eastern Religion/Self-worship/Mysticism. It's interesting, for sure. But I was certainly blessed to be able to escape on a romantic adventure. Getting away, as rarely as we do, always breathes fresh life into my spirit, offers new perspectives and inspiration. I really felt like a new woman when I stepped back into our tiny, yet cozy abode in Oklahoma. Getting away is good. Coming back home is good. And now I'm ready to get this place ready for Evelyn's arrival. :)

 The End. 

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