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Bonjour! Our Europe Adventure Part 1

So I’m back from Honeymoon Number 2. We went to London and Paris for about 2 weeks and had a FANTASTIC time! I told Kris we ‘needed’ to have two honeymoons because we had two weddings! ¬†What a perfectly good excuse for more honeymoons! ūüėÄ

London was like the Singapore of Asia and Paris: the New York of North America. It was wonderful experiencing the metric system and understanding perfectly what everyone said at all times. The English, articulate in a fashion that makes them more comprehensible than Americans, or perhaps I just grew up learning the (ahem) ‘Queen’s’ English. I loved London ¬†because it was clean, transportation was fast, clean and efficient and everyone spoke perfect English. The British Museum, V&A Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and Tower of London was also housed some of the world’s best artifacts. It was a pity that the Imperial War Museum was going through a refurbishment, and most of ze exhibits were closed.

But Paris, oh glorious Paris. I adored certain parts of it more (architecture, quaintness, food, fashion) but certain aspects (snottiness, slight language barrier, smokers everywhere) annoyed me a little. The parts I loved clearly out shadowed the annoyances by miles though, wandering along the complex streets and seeing absolutely breath taking architecture, while holding hands with my BOT was priceless. I know the Tour de Effiel is somewhat over rated, but I loved it to bits. It was really cold and windy up there, but the view was worth it. The rest of Paris mostly consists of really low buildings and as such you feel like you could look on forever, from the top of the Effiel Tower.

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I’m only using a crappy handphone camera so the pictures are not that awesome, but it will suffice for now. (Till I get a job, save up and buy myself a semi pro DSLR!) Or perhaps phone cameras will improve by leaps and bounds by the time I save 1500usd!!!!!!

I love taking photos but am reluctant to drag around large clunky and expensive gadgets. So we shall see. ¬†On a side note, I finally got down to starting my resume Draft 1 today. I’m getting somewhere, to be fair I couldn’t work before. So no rush in getting a resume done!!!! I also received my temporary driver’s permit and will attempt to drive (part of the way) to Kris’s parents place in 2 weeks for, Thanksgiving! Unless it rains or snows, in which case I will just nap. I’ve recently developed this terrible motion sickness and being in moving vehicles makes me nauseous to no end. :/

Back to Pareeeee.

 

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We had bread every single day. The bakeries called Boulangeries, were too awesome. The French do not kid around with their food I’m telling you. Every single day we had fresh croissants/baguettes before starting the day. It made Kris really happy because he’s a carbs addict.

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The best way to experience and understand a culture is via food, so while I was there, I throughly enjoyed trying some of the French staples.

First up, expresso. The price of Espresso ranges from 1euro to about 2.80Euros. But the price of cafe creme (coffee with milk) was often double that of an espresso. Given my thrifty nature, I decided to develop a taste for Espressos instead. I loved them after the 2nd-3rd cup! It was very strong, but after a while your taste buds start appreciating the strong flavour and jolt of energy like no other beverage can. Kris still indulged in his coffee with cremes and crazily expensive Coke! (tsk tsk)

This is a picture of him with his 3.90 Euro bottle of toxicity!

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The tiny potent cup of Espresso.

 

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Cold Foie Gras, not my thing honestly.

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Escargots. Yummy, but the mental barrier of eating slugs was kind of off-putting. The garlic and butter made it all well in the end.

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That’s all for our Euro Adventures Part 1, there is no chronology and no order in my posts. I’m not sure how many Parts I’m going to compile so enjoy the first entry and perhaps there might be more.

Au Revoir!

 

 

Wild Sea Turtle and the Wonderful Concordia Eco Resort (USVI, ST John)

My favorite part of the honeymoon was the multiple snorkel trips we took.

We stayed at an eco studio in Concordia, St John Island and there was a little area called Salt Lake Pond which is marvelous for snorkeling. It was there that I first saw my first wild sea turtle. It was ultra adorable, all floaty and carefree, swimming with great peace and serenity at the bay. I aptly named it Travolta T Squirt. It was a beautiful creature, brownish green, huge! and just calmly eating sea grass oblivious about the 2 humans watching it feed.

It looked like this! (Coz we didn’t bring our underwater camera on this swim)

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I loved that eco resort concept. Quiet, serene, very in touch with nature. This is their website. We stayed at an eco studio, which was awesome because it was newly renovated and not as ‘campish’ as the eco tents. It had a good view of the Salt Pond Bay and a¬†gastronomical¬†restaurant¬†casually¬†called Cafe Concordia. The food is beyond magical. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner and every single meal didn’t disappoint. It was¬†pricey¬†though, NYC prices I would say, but heck it was a honeymoon!

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Eco Tents on the hill top /Studios on the foreground

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View from our Eco Studio

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View from our Eco Studio at sunset

 

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Our beautiful Sunday Brunch. Eggs Benny and Crab Cakes! OMG!

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Drool-worthy pork chops 

Anyways, you can see how wonderful the food looked and tasted(trust me!). So all in all, this resort was a BIG WIN.

A tip if you’re coming here though, its after all an eco resort so don’t except porters and all. Pack LIGHT. Trust me on that one, don’t bring a huge trolley bag because the slopes are quite the killer. Bring with you instead, good hiking shoes, a sense of adventure and a good pair of snorkels and fins!

The service staff were also EXCELLENT! Very friendly and accommodating  considering that they were short of staff. The check in and out was superbly done with great friendliness and efficiency. The very pretty waitress at the cafe was also very sweet and made us feel very welcomed!

ALL in all, this resort is a marvelous place for a honeymoon. Not as fancy schmacy as the overhyped Maldives resorts, but very laid back, chill, right amount of exercise up and down the ridge/mountain and wonderful tranquil waters to snorkel in.

I wish I can go back every year! 2 nights costs us less than 600usd which is pretty reasonable for St John (Especially with perfect location, cleanliness and awesome staff)

 

Concordia Eco-Resort
16371 Concordia
St. John, VI 00830