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Honeymoon In Africa With The Zambezi Queen River Cruise

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Maddi Isabella
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If you want to break free of the traditional and are willing to consider a honeymoon in Africa then this will be just the ticket! Zambezi Queen is an enchanting African river-safari cruise that embarks through the Chobe River bordering Botswana and Namibia.

The ambiance of The Zambezi Queen is simply one of serenity and luxury. There are 14 tastefully furnished suites which embody the African lifestyle.

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After a hectic wedding you deserve the royal treatment and the roof top pool certainly provides this. Of course it would when you’re sitting in a luxury pool in the African sun!

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With plenty of activities such as game drives, fishing, bird watching and visiting local villages there’s something to do for everyone. The Zambezi Queen gives newlyweds a chance to relax in luxury whilst being amongst the African culture. The cruise will be an experience of a life time!

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All images are courtesy of Zambezi Queen

 

A Gift Of A Thistle: Scotland

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe

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Ms Chevron
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Ever since my husband presented me with a thistle wrapped carefully in tissue on our grade 11 camp, I have wanted to go to Scotland. We landed and I almost cried with happiness as we heard – and understood – those around us. It had been a month of trying to converse in broken Italian/Spanish/French and even the Scottish brogue couldn’t have dampened the moment. In fact, the Scots are some of the loveliest people you ever did meet, and I wanted to fold the travel lady into a hug as she gave us cheerful directions to our hotel.

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We checked into the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh and I took a moment to congratulate myself for the choice of accommodation. Located perfectly, it was close to public transport, overlooked Charlotte Garden Square, and was sandwiched between the main eat streets of George and Rose. There were bedside chocolates, a hand-written welcome note, and the best part – robes that made you want to snuggle into their oversized softness at every given opportunity.

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We made our way to Edinburgh Castle and forked over the pounds for entry plus an audio guide – a good recommendation to heed. Stopping at each of the numbered positions, we listened to history unfold. It really did make our castle exploration worthwhile and we emerged a couple of hours later with a newfound respect for everything the Scottish people had endured.

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The evening brought excitement as we met friends at Jamie’s Italian for dinner. We are massive fans of Mr Oliver and were pumped to check out his menu and restaurant. Reasonably priced, my pasta was al dente, the wine went down well, and the company couldn’t have been better… well, unless Jamie himself showed up. We farewelled friends before braving the icy walk back to our comfy suite.

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After allowing ourselves to sleep in, we made our way downstairs for breakfast. Although I do love a good breakfast out, it is convenient to have it included onsite. This way, you can fill up on the buffet and then walk it off which is exactly what the day entailed. We walked the Royal Mile passing a plethora of touristy joints, before coming to St Giles Cathedral and Palace of Holyrood House. We stopped in interest to watch fudge being made from scratch using fresh whipping cream at the Fudge Kitchen. A kilo heavier later, we left laden with sea salted caramel, choc peppermint, and traditional toffee. Yes, I know, we were eating our way around Europe.

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The eighth of November brought about a day we had longed for: a tour through the Highlands and Loch Ness. Rugged up and ready, we hopped onboard with Timberbush Tours and travelled through Sterling to the Scottish highlands. It was hauntingly beautiful. Craggy mountains gave way to winding rivers, and brought to life childhood drawings. The heavens may have been bleak but it simply added to the moody atmosphere. We took a river cruise up the Loch Ness to Urquart Castle (really just a pile of ruins now) and I strained my eyes trying to catch a glimpse of Nessie. I’m on the line on this one. She could be a plesiosaur. Maybe.

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Our last day was spent wandering around Edinburgh and being caught in a mini hail shower. We sought refuge in the nearby cinema, digging fingernails into my palms as we watched Captain Phillips on the big screen. Afterwards, the weather had dried some so we made our way back through the street markets. I loved this city vibe! Good intentions aside, we forewent a pub dinner in exchange for room service and our last night in the fluffy robes.

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Scotland is one of those places that I would love to return to in the opposite season – I feel like it deserves to be experienced in both summer and winter. As much as I was drawn to the highlands and natural scapes, I was surprisingly also drawn to the old town city and back street atmosphere. This bonnie land is full of warmth, even when it’s cold outside – the perfect place to snuggle up with your loved one.

Images by Mr + Ms Chevron

The City of Love: Paris

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe

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Ms Chevron
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Our week in Paris started on the first day of the last month of autumn. Our days were split into two phases – in the morning we allowed ourselves the luxury of sleeping in and taking it slow, and in the afternoon through to evening we made the most of every moment.

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One of my favourite parts of Paris – asides from the gorgeous flower shops – are all the locks… there are a couple of bridges heaving under the weight of thousands of locks left by couples to seal their love eternal. Keys are traditionally thrown into the Seine River below – not so environmentally friendly – but they are a feast for the eyes and it was fun to concoct love stories about each unique lock.

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After settling in, we went exploring. This is one of the best moments in a new country – the exploration phase. Because it’s new, you tend to open your eyes and notice your surrounds, unlike home where the familiar makes us take each new day for granted. We walked for hours, eventually partaking in our first crepe, a heart-warming nutella and banana combination. We also saw world-renowned bridal designer Max Chaoul’s shop front.

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We captured the Arc de Triomphe (along with every other man and his dog) before partaking in crepe goodness #2, lemon and sugar. By this stage of our journey we were getting the hang of the subway system so we caught it back to Le Marais and literally stumbled across L’Éclair de génie - a place recommended for their world-class éclairs. Sure they set you back about €7 each but they were the crème de la crème of sweet treats I ever did eat, no word of a lie.

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The next day was predicted to be the warmest all week, so we set off for lunch at Le chalet des Iles - a French restaurant perched in the middle of a picturesque lake, complete with snow-white geese. This place is a gem and came highly recommended by friends of ours. It is ridiculously charming, serves incredible food, and the staff are kind enough even when you realise you can’t possibly interpret the menu. One delicious veal, mushroom, baby onion, and grape stew later, my belly was full and my heart content. I would fly to Paris just to dine here again. I would.

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Here is a valuable tip for those tight on the purse strings – many places are free on the first Sunday of the month in Paris. This was a pleasant surprise for us so we set the alarm and took off straight to the Louvre first thing. We would have spent close to 3 hours there, and in my opinion the wall-sized tapestry proved much more interesting than its counterpart, the Mona Lisa. We also sighted this bride making the most of the blue Parisian skies.

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That evening we went for dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel, located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. It was in.cred.i.ble – I want to emphasis every syllable because the experience was just like that. A night full of emphasis on every part from the service to the food to the view to the glitter. As our sitting came to a close, we shrugged into our coats, knotted our scarves, and adorned our heads in preparation to go sky high. The second floor was enjoyable with glittering evening views, but unsurprisingly the summit was a little high for my liking.

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I don’t quite know how to summarise Paris apart from this – the City of Love really does live up to its name. It simply has a little romance and magic weaved in everything from the loved-up padlocks to the Eiffel Tower glitter to the gorgeous little French patisseries and bountiful flower stalls. It is like walking through a living and breathing movie set for a romance. So why not consider sweet Paris for your happily ever after.

Images by Mr + Ms Chevron

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