Amida Spa, Farnham
Bailiffscourt Spa, Climping
Barcelona Spa And Hotel Escape
Bath Spa And Hotel Escape
Top Tips For Visiting Florida
Driving in Florida
Health & Safety in Florida
Orlando - The Sight – Zumba Convention
Orlando - The Flight – Virgin Atlantic London Gatwick to Orlando
Orlando - The Hotel – Hilton Orlando
Orlando - The Shopping – Zumbawear Retail and Outlet
Orlando - The Healing – Hilton Orlando Spa Pool or Massage at the OCC
Orlando - The Food – Denny's
Orlando - The Packing
Orlando - Other Tips For Surviving Convention
Clearwater - The Sight – Dolphins – Caladesi Beach and Little Toot
Clearwater - The Hotel – Pier House 60 Marina Hotel
Clearwater - The Healing – Full Moon Fall Clearwater Beach
Clearwater - The Food – Frenchy's Saltwater Café
Clearwater - The Journey – Drive From Orlando
Clearwater - The Shopping – Caladesi Island
Clearwater - The Packing
Clearwater - Side Trip – Homosassa Springs
Key Largo Escape
Vero Beach Escape
Vero Beach - The Sight – Sunrise, Turtles, Waves
Vero Beach - The Hotel – Costa D'Este
Vero Beach - The Healing – The Spa at Costa D'Este
Vero Beach - The Food – The Wave Kitchen And Bar
Vero Beach - The Journey – Drive From Key Largo (and back to Orlando)
Vero Beach - The Shopping – Shells And Things
Vero Beach - The Packing
Vero Beach - Photos
The Glorious Spa Company Chichester
Iceland Spa And Hotel Break
About Our Trip To Iceland
Iceland - The Spa - Blue Lagoon
Iceland - The Sight - Northern Lights
Iceland - The Hotel(s) – Northern Light Inn, Grindavik and Centerhotel Arnarhvoll, Reykjavik
The Activity - The Icelandic Horse
Iceland - The Restaurant - Eldur and some more eating and drinking tips
Iceland - The Flight - Icelandair from London Heathrow to Reykjavik
Iceland - The Shopping
Iceland - The Rest
London Day Spa Retreats
Marrakech Spa And Hotel Escape
New Forest Spa And Hotel Break
New York Italian Escape
Paris Escape With Kids
Tuscany Spa And Hotel Escape
Zadar Spa And Hotel Escape (Croatia)
With a sixth floor room it was blissful to leave the blinds alone and leave that beautiful picture window as it was when I went to bed with a storm raging outside. So I wasn't too surprised to be woken by the moon glowing outside my window at exactly 5:22am according to the bedside clock.
Feeling slightly crazy I threw on my big red Zumba beach top and headed across the street to the still dark beach. Wondering if I would be murdered, I felt much better as several early morning joggers flew past.
Down at the dark water's edge the sound of the water lapping, together with the power of the full moon was intense.
Then I heard the singing. A small group of people were singing in a language I didn't recognise. Maybe native American, they were wading in the water and carrying large sticks – perhaps to ward off sting rays or jellyfish. As the moon dropped lower and lower, in a way that the moon just doesn't do in England, it was suddenly hit by the first rays of the sun, and the water turned gold. The people started to swim in the golden water, laughing and smiling.
It felt so special that I couldn't join in, or even ask them, or the few men waiting by the lifeguard station what exactly was happening – it just seemed to me a very sacred healing ritual.
I was also shedding a few tears as the old story of the two lovers torn apart by magic that turned them into the Sun and Moon, destined only ever to see each other for a few moments at sunrise, was haunting me.
I walked away, and headed to my hotel and the dock behind the pool to watch sunrise, which was also mesmerising.
The next day I went down to the beach but the people weren't there. I still bathed in the water in the first light of day and it was heavenly, but it wasn't the same.
Everywhere I went I asked if anyone knew what it was all about, even at the Miccosukee Village, but no one knew. Even Google doesn't know. So I'll keep asking, gently, but for now I'm happy to leave it as a moon mystery and wonder if I'll ever see it again.
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