|Our beloved cousin Gillian, at the hotel lobby.|
How we got here is a long story, involving family connections and the Catholic church's great resources throughout the Republic. But we are here, and if there is a finer beach anywhere, well -- as Golden State Warrior coach Mark Jackson says: "Call my bluff."
Such is its beauty, one is reminded of Marc Antony's great line to Cleopatra: "Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the great arch of this ranged empire fall. Here is my place."
|Daddy, standing in the South China Sea.|