The Honeymoon Reveal

At the beginning of January, Mr. C and I were convinced that we were heading to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. It appealed to us for a number of reasons: it’s a relatively short flight from Georgia, we would remain in a similar time zone (no severe jet lag), and it offers the opportunity to spend time relaxing on the beach or exploring the rainforest and local wildlife. It is tropical and romantic, with its beautiful white sandy beaches and hidden rainforest waterfalls. For these reasons (and many more), the idea of honeymooning in Costa Rica was very appealing. But something was off. I wasn’t over-the-moon excited about our honeymoon. I’m not even sure why. What I do know, is that by the first week of January we had a very chance conversation with a coworker that forever changed our honeymoon plans and unfortunately our honeymoon budget as well.

Our school district has a social studies coach who works with all the middle and high school social studies teachers in our school district. Early this semester she was at my school meeting with the social studies teachers. Somehow we got onto the topic of vacations and she mentioned that she had family on the island of Malta. Honestly, I can’t even remember the sequence of events but somehow, in literally five minutes, Mr. C and I were convinced that we should go to Malta for our honeymoon. After our coworker left and my heart was stirring with excitement, Mr. C mentioned that he had noticed a marked difference in my attitude towards our honeymoon. I had an excited twinkle in my eye. He could tell that my curiosity and interest were awakened by this sudden turn of events. So here we are, making plans and booking flights to visit a little place called MALTA.

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So where is this Malta place, you might be wondering. It’s a small island out in the Mediterranean, below Sicily. It is part of the European Union and as such they use the Euro as currency. They speak Maltese, but are also known for their use of British English.

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Malta, located just below Sicily in the Mediterranean. Image source via Wikipedia

Because of its convenient location between Europe and Africa, it has experienced many of the major historical events of Afro-Eurasian history. For someone who teaches world history, this is a dream come true. We’re talking neolithic ruins, Roman roads, the spread of Christianity (St. Paul is said to have been shipwrecked on the island), the Byzantine Empire, fortifications and churches of the Knights Templar (from the Crusades), and Malta heroically endured more Axis bombings than London during World War II. Oh, and did I mention that many believe it could be the inspiration for Calypso’s island in Homer’s Odyssey? So. much. awesome. And I’m such a dork that I can’t wait to take a thousand photos and incorporate them into my world history lesson plans for next year. I can already imagine the lecture: Malta: A Microcosm of Afro-Eurasian History. (happy sigh)

We are dividing our time between the two islands that make up the country: Malta and Gozo. We will spend a few days on the main island in the capital of Valletta and a few days on the smaller, slower-paced island of Gozo where we are actually staying at our coworker’s cousin’s 200+ year old Maltese farmhouse which she rents out. It has a private pool. It was built in 1789 (coincidentally the beginning of the French Revolution).

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Where we will be staying on Gozo! Images via: Gozo Farmhouse Rentals

Things I’m really excited about:

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Image source via: Tourism: Popular Places

We plan on sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling out in the gorgeous blue of the Mediterranean. Although Malta has rocky rather than sandy white beaches, this will not deter our enjoyment of the ocean!

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Image source via: Golden Compass

I’ve already touched on this, but I cannot wait to see all the historical sites that Malta has to offer. One that interests me the most is the prehistoric site of a mysterious underground necropolis that was cut from solid stone. It is the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni. You have to book your tour tickets weeks in advance because they only allow 50 people per day to visit this delicate historical site. We already have our tour tickets booked!

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Image source via: National Commission for Higher Education Malta

Because of its location along major trade routes, Maltese cuisine is inspired by both Italian, Middle Eastern, and Arabic influences. And of course, lots of delicious seafood. I can’t wait to try Maltese cuisine, especially the famous Maltese pastizzi that everyone keeps telling me about. It’s a flaky pastry filled with savory ricotta cheese or peas.

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Image source via: Gerald Brimacombe

Oh, and another awesome thing about going to Malta? It means that we have to fly through Paris to get there. We are going to spend three nights in Paris on our way home and I will finally get to see the fountains on at Versailles on a Saturday! We plan to attend the Versailles Musical Fountain Show which they hold during the summer months. Just writing this post has me giddy with excitement!

This biggest downside to this change in plans has been our honeymoon budget. We have been saving like crazy to make this work!

Where are you honeymooning? Did you experience a change of heart with your honeymoon plans?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 7:07 am

    Ah! This sounds amazing! I am glad you changed your plans because clearly you are very excited about this one. Who knows, maybe you can swing some kind of tax write-off if you are using this trip to help with lessons plans? haha huge stretch…

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 7:20 am

    This trip sounds amazing!!! And you sound super excited about it – which is even better!

    We weren’t sure what to do on our honeymoon. We talked about New England (in October) and Florida, but I wasn’t super excited about either one. Then, we went to St. Lucia for my 25th birthday and stayed at a Sandals (which I thought would be corny – oh was I wrong!) We got home and book our trip to Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas the next day. I couldn’t be looking forward to it more!

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 7:22 am

    I had my heart set on going to Tahiti and staying in the bungalow’s on the water. I dreamt night AND day about it. Then I got back how much it would cost – $14,000. It was more than we were planning on spending on our wedding. I wasn’t about to foot that bill. We got a generous offer from his sister to take her tickets she had for a romantic cruise to the Bahama’s – I’m still excited, because it does mean we are still going on a romantic getaway to the Bahama’s!

    Your honeymoon sounds completely amazing!! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to read about the adventures you get into.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:27 am

    Oh, that’s amazing that you get to do something that really gets your heart pounding with excitement. As it should be! Even if it’s tough budget-wise, it’ll be worth it! :)

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    Biandi 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:31 am

    I love malta you will have a blast :-) have you thought about doing a honeymoon registry where instead of wedding gifts people can help pay for your honeymoon?

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    estella, Guest @ 7:43 am

    Um, WOW! This sounds like something right up my alley too! Hurry up and get married so you can come back and do your honeymoon recaps! :)

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    mswallaby 2067 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:45 am

    How romantic!!! That looks awesome, definitely just added Malta to my travel bucket list!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 7:52 am

    This looks AMAZING! I’m so glad you’re excited about it! Always better to be thrilled about your honeymoon than just anticipating it ;)

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    shortbread 290 posts, Helper bee @ 8:20 am

    This sounds like a perfect honeymoon. Of course, just the Paris portion of the trip will be a dream. I love Paris and probably could do every vacation in Paris. However, for our honeymoon we’ve decided to go to Spain. I cannot wait to eat my way through Spain and actually be able to speak the language.

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    mrscvsomeday 162 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:07 am

    Sounds absolutely incredible!!! I can’t wait to read about how wonderful it is!

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    Red Poppy 21 posts, Newbee @ 10:43 am

    This sounds perfect and amazing! Costa Rica is awesome and you should definitely try to go there sometime too, but Malta, wow. So unique and interesting and full of history and culture.

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    So awesome! I didn’t really realize Malta had so much to offer. I’m an American history teacher and I’m probably going to move from 8th grade to high school soon. I definitely need a research trip if I teach World. :)

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    Marija, Guest @ 11:14 am

    YYYYeeey I’ve been reading this blog for ages…this morning when I scrolled down and saw your photo with Malta and Gozo written on the front page of the book,I went crazy :) …I live in Malta and I’m maltese..You’ll Love our tiny rock :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:19 am

    This looks amazing and absolutely perfect for a honeymoon!

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 am

    This is fabulous, Camel! So exciting. :) I’m so glad that you have the twinkle in your eye and will be able to look forward to your honeymoon! This looks PERFECT for you and Mr. C and you guys will make so many stellar memories. Congrats!

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    Val, Guest @ 2:13 pm

    I went to Malta last year, it was nice, HOWEVER, the people were very rude. Everywhere we went we were treated like crap and we spoke to other tourists who said the same thing. Other than that we had a nice time, you can get around easily with their public transportation (buses). Also, be careful when swimming because they have a lot of jellyfish, including some dangerous ones.. we mostly swam in our hotel pool. When we did go swimming in the ocean, we bought snorkel masks so that we could be on the look out for scary jellyfish!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 2:56 pm

    @Marija: Wow how awesome! You will have to let me know if you recommend any local restaurants or particular “must see” places or beaches!

    @Val: Haha well, I’m not too worried about people being rude. I’ve experienced all levels of hospitality and I guess I don’t really have any expectations concerning something like that. But we definitely plan to bring snorkels! What time of year were you there? I wonder if they are worse in some particular months rather than others..

    @Biandi: Well, we are both older and more settled, so we were thinking about it. But registries are such touchy subjects that we worry about it.

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 2:57 pm

    @estella: I will post some insane recaps when we get back! I love taking vacation photos. :)

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 3:36 pm

    Looks so great!! How’s your flight?

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    Firework 346 posts, Helper bee @ 7:23 pm

    I am soo excited you are going to Malta and Gozo. I’m actually nicknamed Gozo after the island since my father was sailing (for work) by it when I was born and he nicknamed me Gozo since it was so quaint and beautiful.

    I’ve always wanted to visit :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:25 pm

    So.much.awesome… I just can’t… it sounds fantastic!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:48 pm

    @Firework: Wow what a cool connection! I hope you can visit someday!

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    gotsol 46 posts, Newbee @ 11:01 pm

    How romantic!!! That looks awesome

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:06 am

    Great destination! My best friend actually went sailing in Malta for a few weeks a couple of summers ago and loved it! Yay for Paris too :)

    So happy for you that you found a destination that you’re truly excited about!

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    Marija, Guest @ 7:18 am

    @Miss Camel: For sure you have to visit Mdina(Silent City),Hagar Qim(the oldest free standing structures in the world),St John’s Cathedral and the Azzure Window in gozo..for local food you have to visit restaurants in the mgarr area or valletta and for meditereanean or other cuisine sliema/st julian’s area.You check the reviews on trip advisor !! I can go on and on :) …if you need more info let me know..I’ll be happy to help :)

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    iwinatcookie 55 posts, Worker bee @ 11:00 am

    This sounds so exciting! I never knew much about Malta; sounds like a cool place. We just recently got engaged, so haven’t really started looking in to Honeymoon locations yet, but my FI is really interested in the Maldives. I’m afraid I’ll get bored though with just the beach and ocean. Would be cool to have more activities to explore.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 am

    This sounds incredible!!! I didn’t really know much about Malta until reading your post and I totally want to go now. The scenery, the beach, the food look amazing (and that farmhouse you are staying in looks so awesome!) Oh and being able to stop in Paris and Versailles must be a dream come true :)

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