We had a quick breakfast and headed for Capt. Tony’s house. There we met Ethel who would be joining us. She was a really sweet lady who teaches in California and is originally from Mexico. We loaded up on the boat. Tony headed over to the dock to see if another couple may want to come. They said no. That couple really missed out by not going. The trip was fabulous. We were in one of Tony’s smaller boats. That was probably what frightened off the other two people. Tony does not go out unless the weather is safe to travel to Contoy.
Contoy was awesome. We were the first group there. That’s the way Capt. Tony likes to do it. He started on lunch while we snorkeled.
We saw a huge barracuda under the dock along with Needlefish.
There were orange cushion star fish, Cuttlefish (which were out of this world), large French Angel fish, and all the other regulars. I swam really close to Samantha (the resident ray who hangs out waiting for scraps from the tourist’s lunches). She was huge!
It was lunchtime. Tony is an excellent cook. He gave all his leftovers to the crews of the other boats. They chowed down.
We snorkeled again. Tony knew my husband has heart problems. Tony told my husband he would be cooler under the dock as he was not snorkeling. Ethel went sightseeing. When she came back to all of our stuff, some one from another group had stolen the mask she was using. The snorkel part was still there. I got Capt. Tony. He said it was probably some crazy tourist that had been acting wild. Thankfully, he had extra ones.
Capt. Tony said we could stay as long as we wanted. I think we were all excited to reef snorkel. We loaded up and came to the snorkeling area. It was gorgeous. There were huge schools of blue tangs. We saw the Spotted Drum Fish for the first time. I saw my favorite – the blue sparkly ones (Juvenile Midnight Damsel fish) we all loved it. The only 2 bad things were: 1. it was over too soon and 2. It was physically hard getting back into the boat.
We got back around 3 P.M. Tony dropped us off near our hotel. We said good-bye to Ethel.
We showered and went to Hortensia. I had decided that I wanted the Velcro replaced to buttons on my swim shorts. Her daughter, Raquel, had my number when she said, “one taco, two taco!” and motioned with her hands that my shorts popped open! We went to Amigos and pre-ordered our Salt Fish for the next night. (They have to have a day’s notice so they can buy the fish). We went to Olivia’s and made a dinner reservation for the evening.
We cleaned up and headed for Olivia’s. We were the only customers and we were early. My husband and son enjoyed the Moussaka . My daughter had the tapas and I had the Spanakopita. Delicious!
After dinner, we strolled down Hildago Street. We are caught up by the thin performer on stilts at the La Terazza. It is an upstairs restaurant bar with a great view of the street.
After my husband and son ate some ice-cream, we decided to try La Terazza. It’s a great “crow’s nest” to people watch. There was a strong fan cooling us off. As we were finishing our drinks, I stood up and walked about – WHAT! Do I hear Gregorio?? It had to be him – and I was off to find him. This totally upset my son. He caught up with me and said that I shouldn’t run off like that. I told him that his dad knew where to find me and it was ok.
There is only one Gregorio. I watch him on YouTube at home. I hear his music as I try to fall asleep while on Isla. It is as special to me as is he.
Gregorio saw me but I did wait for the rest of the family to catch up before I took a seat. We watched the drummers and the dancing stilt guy came down to dance to the beat.
We sat at Don Cheapo’s. It began to rain. Don Cheapo’s has a nice inside area. Gregorio came to join us. He asked the manager if he could play and the music was turned off. My son didn’t know what to think. Gregorio is an artist! I could tell my youngin’ appreciated the music too. Now everything is complete! (our waiter/bartender Maximillon introduced himself as: Max, Maximillon working at Don CHEAPO”S! It was too funny. Our son laughed about it all week!)