First things first, we are back from honeymoon…we actually got back a week ago but I have been playing massive catch up ever since, hence the delay in any blog posts until now. Now to spill the beans on where I was whisked off to. To say I was spoilt on honeymoon is an incredible understatement. I was surprised with not one but three holidays, each one with different experiences. I had absolutely no idea about the first two and never even suspected them. It was actually pretty funny as the day we left my MIL arrived to pick us up, I was still clueless but figured if we were getting driven somewhere then surely it was to the airport.
On the two hour drive to Durban I quietly sat in the back seat and pretended to look all casual when on the inside my mind was desperately trying to work out where it was we were going. After about an hour I couldn’t contain myself and I started googling flights out of Durban and tried hard to work out possible destinations. Infact I was so engrossed in searching online trying to figure out where we were going that it took me a while to realise we had driven past the airport. Oh so no airport…what?? And then it hit me, WE ARE GOING ON A CRUISE!! That is right – part one of our honeymoon was a four night stay on the MSC Opera cruising to Maputo and Portuguese Island. I was beyond excited as I had never been on a cruise before. Good work Dev.
Our cruise was fantastic, it is incredible to experience such a huge hotel on the sea. There is so much to see, do, experience. There were nearly 2000 people on board and yet I am certain we didn’t catch even a glimpse of everyone. For the hungry there is food available 24 hours a day, for the kids there are day care facilities and a virtual games room, for the sun worshippers there are two swimming pools, two jacuzzi’s and a whole deck dedicated to getting some sun. For the theatre lovers there is a different show every night (two performances) in the huge theatre, for the party goers you can start drinking from 7am every morning and I am actually not sure you ever need to stop until the morning of your departure, although I admit I never tried that. For the cultural lovers you get the opportunity to get off and do a city tour of Maputo and learn more about life there, for the adventure seekers you are able to visit Portuguese Island and spend a day skiing, tubing or searching for dolphins, for the gamblers there is a casino on board. For the health conscious there is a fairly well kitted out gym with a view you don’t get very often – running on your treadmill with nothing but the wide open sea as your view is quite an experience although trying to get your sea legs whilst running is also pretty amusing. For the bored there is endless entertainment put together by the crew’s animators who are full of life and very entertaining, and finally for those that prefer to be pampered there is a spa on board with everything from haircuts, to manicures/pedicures and full body massages. There is pretty much everything.
After five glorious days of the above it was hard to believe there was still more spoiling to be done, but there was and I was whisked off on a three night safari at Umfolozi Game Reserve. For those that have been on a safari will know, it is one of the most peaceful and relaxing holidays out there. Don’t get me wrong – you wake up early, try 4.10am early, every morning in order to take in a morning’s game drive before the heat sets in, and there are many occasions of sheer exhilaration and heart-in-your-throat moments during these game drives when you come across a big bull elephant or a precious rhino just metres from your car. However in between your early morning and late afternoon drives you get to just veg. And ladies and gents – I took vegging to the next level. I slept when I felt like it, I read – A LOT, Dev and I played numerous games of cards – I managed to keep my winners crown time and time again, and together we just destressed and rejuvenated our souls…it was absolute bliss. I have said it before and I will keep saying it for many many years to come, I feel incredibly lucky to share this planet with animals, I am blessed to be able to experience wildlife in their own environment, and I will never ever get tired of going on safari.
We had a very early start on departure day but we were starting to get used to it and I didn’t mind one bit as it meant that I was off to discover part three of our already unbelievable honeymoon. We caught an early flight to Johannesburg and after managing to get my broken nail repaired – oh the woes – and a quick overnight we were finally on our way to part three: seven luxurious nights all inclusive stay in Zanzibar. This island getaway was exactly what we needed to end off an incredible honeymoon. Our room had one of the best views of the ocean and I spent almost the entire time in my bikini taking in all that Zanzibar has to offer, from delicious tropical fruit, and fruit cocktails, to lip smacking fresh seafood, the sights, the smells and the shopping…sorry Dev but a girl can’t be kept away from the shops forever you know. Although the driving left a lot to be desired it amazed me that road rage is at an all time low…someone cuts you off, you don’t batter an eyelid, another guy overtakes the car in front of him ensuring that he has pulled out into your lane just 10metres in front, never mind, you just put on brakes and pull off the road. It is quite something and I couldn’t help but wonder how our South African taxi’s would cope there. Snorkelling, suntanning, table tennis, more snorkelling, more suntanning, a few drinks at the pool bar, sitting on your bar stool, which is in the pool. A romantic couples massage, another cocktail, more snorkelling…this was a snippet of how our seven days were spent. Who could ask for more.
To my gorgeous hubby, you blow me away every day with your kindness, your ability to make me feel so loved and your endless desire to ensure I am looked after and happy. The amount of effort you put into keeping our honeymoon a surprise and the thought that went into our three destinations is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I often don’t deserve your generosity and I thank you for our incredible honeymoon and all that you do for me even when it is not honeymoon. I am truly blessed and I love you!