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#tbt Travel Edition: Our Anniversary Weekend

Dave and I celebrated our anniversary back on November 8th. How crazy that we’ve been married a whole year already! Our wedding day is still one of the best days of my life!

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European Adventure Part 3: Lucerne and Switzerland

If you missed the other parts of mine and Dave’s European adventure, check them out here:

Part 1: Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Part 2: Munich and Bavaria

We spent our last few days of vacation in Lucerne, Switzerland, right at the base of the Swiss Alps.

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European Adventure Part 2: Munich and Bavaria

Before I get into Europe: Part 2, I just have to say that Alaska was AMAZING.

And Dave and I are officially homeowners. NBD.

But now, back to Europe.

If you missed Part One, check it out here: Amsterdam and the Netherlands

Our next stop after Amsterdam was Munich, Germany. We took a flight in and then, after a bit of detective work and language guessing, we made our way on the train to our hotel. We stayed at another NH hotel and this one was even better than Amsterdam. Although there were two twin beds (pregnant me secretly enjoyed this), we were on the 12th floor and had a spectacular view of old city Munich.

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Iiiiit’s Island Time!

It seems to be a growing trend lately for couples to not take their honeymoon right after they get married. I understand that this is for a multitude of reasons: busy season at work, money, weather, etc., but I really wanted ours to be right after our wedding. Otherwise, it’s just a vacation. At least in my relatively traditional, stubborn mind. Dave and I talked about it and he agreed, so we are leaving for our honeymoon the Monday after we’re married (at the butt crack of dawn). That way, the day after our wedding, we don’t have to rush around saying goodbye to out-of-town guests and trying to get down to Philly to catch a flight.

We also agreed that we didn’t want to go anywhere hectic. Last June, we went to France for 10 days and we packed SO MUCH into those days. It was a ton of fun and we had an amazing time, but we feel that after all the commotion that goes into planning and having a wedding, that a nice relaxing honeymoon would be nice.

I'd love to go back...

I’d love to go back…

And we wanted to go somewhere tropical. I wanted it be to be somewhere neither of us had been before, too, so it could be a special new place for us and not one person showing the other places they remembered and going down memory lane (that’s fun, don’t get me wrong, but again…honeymoon). So, after doing some research, chasing a few places that I’ve been really wanting to go, and Dave riding along and being open to basically all my ideas (because he’s awesome like that), we decided where our little week in paradise will be.

We’re going to Turks & Caicos!!

photo credit: life.com

photo credit: life.com

So I admit, my interest in these islands was first sparked several years ago when I got an Essie nail polish named Turquoise & Caicos. It was a witty name and I’m a sucker for that kind of thing!

via the Essie website

via the Essie website it’s actually prettier

We already have flights, our hotel, and one excursion booked, and we are PSYCHED. A lot of travel sites said that if you are looking for a place with a big night life and parties, this is not it. Which is perfect for us. We are not night club type people. We want a nice beach and an easy time. Turks & Caicos seems to fit that bill. Here are some other fun things about our honeymoon destination.

Fun Facts About Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos is a string a 40 islands, of which only 8 are actually inhabited. The most popular ones are Providenciales or Provo, where we will be, and Grand Turk, the historic Capital Island that I hope to visit during our stay.

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Turks & Caicos is not actually a part of the Caribbean. Although it certainly has a Caribbean vibe, Turks & Caicos is located north of the Caribbean, north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and east of Cuba.

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It is part of the British Virgin Islands and the main language is English. Which means no language barrier. The currency is the US dollar and the voltage/wattage situation is the same as in America. Makes life easy for us!

The temperature when we’ll be there is an average of 80° to 84°, with the ocean temps at 74° to 78°. Beautiful! But we are also going in the rainiest month (which supposedly isn’t that rainy) and the tail end of hurricane season…so there’s that.

Once a month, after the full moon, tiny bioluminescent organisms like to get busy. There are tours/cruises where you can watch these glow worms and it’s supposed to be awesome, because the water lights up from their mating ritual! Dave and I are going to be there for this and we already booked our little cruise, complete with rum punch, through Viator.com. Because there’s nothing like starting off your honeymoon by getting shnockered and watching glow worms get lucky. That should set the mood for the rest of our trip. But seriously, I am really excited for this.

There is a local bottlenose dolphin named JoJo who likes to hang around in the shallow waters and willingly interacts with humans. I want to meet this guy!! He’s officially government protected and has been around since 1980. How fun!

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Our hotel also offers complimentary bikes for use during our stay and shuttle service to the liquor store. God bless them!The water is crazy clear and therefore snorkeling and scuba diving are hugely popular here. Neither of us scuba dive, by we definitely want to go snorkeling and our hotel offers equipment for it.

There’s obviously a lot more to these islands than I’ve listed here, but these are some of the highlights that helped us decide. The liquor shuttle was just a bonus I noticed afterward, I swear.

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Most of this information I got from the official Turks & Caicos website. So if you want to find out more about the islands, check it out here: http://turksandcaicos.s1045.sureserver.com/.

If you want to learn more about glow worm sex, I learned about it on this site: http://www.meridianclub.com/blog/amorous-dance-turks-caicos-islands/.

 

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Has anyone else seen this glow worm ritual?