Its official, I love Casa del Papa. More like I love what it represents for me. Peace, serenity, the chance to download and a chance to re-strategise. Map out a plan and determine a path forward. We would normally visit Casa del Papa at the end of the year and use that time as a “retreat” to plan our next year. This year we did it differently and went in the new year. It was absolutely amazing! And I wanted to share my photos with you:

First view as you enter the resort! That rush of sea breeze, the sound of the waves, the joy of the kids! Everything becomes right with the world- right as you enter.
First view as you enter the resort! That rush of sea breeze, the sound of the waves, the joy of the kids! Everything becomes right with the world- just as you step in.

 

 

I walked on the beach in the morning...
I walked on the beach in the morning…
The sun started to rise as I walked...
The sun started to rise as I walked…
It continued to rise...
It continued to rise…
I continued to walk! In my pj's and bathroom slippers! No cares, no airs, just me, nature, my prayers and the yearnings of my heart that won't let me go...
I continued to walk! In my pj’s and flip flops! No cares, no airs, just me, nature, my prayers and the yearnings of my heart that won’t let me go…
 The African Spa at Casa, is amazing as usual! I made a date...
The African Spa at Casa is amazing as usual! I made a date... The African Spa at Casa, is amazing as usual! I made a date…
Lounged on these lovely sheep skin lounge beds afterwards. I wish I could take this home with me.
Lounged on these lovely sheep skin lounge beds afterwards. I wish I could take this home with me.
My gift from the African spa!
My gift from the African spa!
When I got home, I opened it to find that it was the Spa Karite's  specially made black soap and a tub of lotion for the face, made in a little earthen ware pot! Being an African woman, I had to go and show my husband so that he does not see them and start to wonder if I've chosen to foray into juju. LOL!
When I got home, I opened it to find that it was the Spa Karite’s specially made black soap and a tub of lotion for the face, made in a little earthen ware pot! Being an African woman, I had to go and show my husband so that he does not see them and start to wonder if I’ve chosen to foray into juju. LOL!
The diner!
The diner!
I love the lights in the dinner. I love the details of this place. How everything is natural and made of material that blends with the environment...
I love the lights in the dinner. I love the details of this place. How everything is natural and made of material that blends with the environment…
We had fun! This guy set up a tight rope and showed off by walking on it!
We had fun! This guy set up a tight rope and showed off by walking on it!
Gbemi contemplated doing it too!
Gbemi contemplated doing it too!
She did and she fell! But...
She did and she fell! But…
Like the champion that she is, she got up and did it! Yaay!
Like the champion that she is, she got up and did it! Yaay!
My little prince walked the tightrope too! Yaay! Here's to bold steps and new beginnings!
My little prince walked the tightrope too! Yaay! Here’s to bold steps and new beginnings! Look at that sunset! WOW!
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I don’t know this fellow but my heart yearned with his. On one of my morning strolls, I saw him come in with his surf board and he waited. He waited some more, the ocean chose that time to be calm, I stood from shore and wished a wave will come. He swam further in, wishing a wave will come! I smiled as I took the 3rd photo a wave came in and he took it! In 2014, may the waves come in for you, and may you be poised to ride the waves!

On our way out of Casa del Papa, we decided to drive along the scenic beach road, rather than the concrete highway (LOL) and we discovered new sights:

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A local beach side amusement park… Who says it has to be Disney Land to be fun… This is the dream that a future Disney type resort, will stand in this place…
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Sea-side “Disney”
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A nice abandoned beach house. I am wondering what the story is.
On our way into Ouidah, the town where Casa del Papa is in. we noticed these line of people holding a line which dropped into the sea, I assumed it was a fishing line.
On our way into Ouidah, the town where Casa del Papa is, we noticed these line of people holding a line which dropped into the sea, I assumed it was a fishing line.
All the lines we saw, ended up tied to tree trunks.
All the lines we saw, ended up tied to tree trunks.
When we passed again in the evening, we saw it was indeed a fishing net and that everyone who was in the line shared in the catch at the end of the day.
When we passed again in the evening, we saw it was indeed a fishing net and that everyone who was in the line shared in the catch at the end of the day.
Portions.
Portions.
She didn't fit in with the rest- notice the fish in the middle? Still flapping and didn't belong in any pile! I felt her!
She didn’t fit in with the rest- notice the fish in the middle? Still flapping and didn’t belong in any pile! I felt her!
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I saw a lady riding this motorbike with her wares near the border, and I had to take a picture!
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Apparently, her brother has a car! LOL!

Other random photos from Casa:

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A sunrise at Casa
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The moon rose at Casa! I am always in awe at the majesty and preciseness of creation when I come to this place!
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Who told the ocean it could only go this far?

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The kids practiced flying!
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And rowing! LOL! They acually went canoeing in water as well, I’ll update the post with that photo when I find it!

 

Thank you for reading! I am excited about 2014! I know that everyday of life is a new chance to re-set, to do things differently , to start again. Every new day is a gift, but at the beginning of the year, it feels like you have a blank canvass. Like the opportunities are limitless, like it can all happen for you,  and this year I pray it does. I hope you take out time to contemplate, to plan. I hope you decide to change and do what is necessary to execute the plans. I hope you seek wisdom and wise counsel. I hope you truly live! Live fully without holding yourself back. I really want the best for you.

I’ll end this by sharing my most prevalent thought in 2014, thus far (all 6 days of it), I shared it on my Facebook page earlier in the year, it is that “in 2014, let’s break the box shall we? Don’t think outside the box! There is no box! Be original, be authentic, let yourself soar! Become better than your best! Take off the brakes and all the limits! There is no box! Be authentically you!” Ciao!