Season 2 of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, September 15 at 9 p.m. ET with the host and crew making their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. In the following essay, Bourdain talks about how he had a rare "real" family vacation this summer.
It's that time again. Time to slip out early in the morning and deflate the pool floaties. "Mr. Crockie," the crocodile, looks up at me accusingly as he shrivels on the chaise lounge. Two air mattresses wait for similar treatment behind him. I gather up the big water guns, the water pistols, plastic sharks, two purple rubber octopi, the goggles, plastic treasure chest and shuttle them into the garage.
It's a rental property, so I'm not sure if I'll see them again.
It's the death of summer.
This was my second "real" vacation of the last decade. Many of you will no doubt be thinking, "Uh, wait a minute, a–hole - your whole life is a vacation!"
Previously on Parts Unknown: