Our honeymoon in the Maldives

It’s already been a month since we got married. Whaaaaaaaat? How did that happen?

We had a gorgeous wedding that lasted 5 days and we were surrounded by our amazing family and friends that flew from all over the world to be with us. A month before, we had booked our honeymoon to the glorious Maldives.

Here’s a quick Sneak Peek of a typical afternoon with us on our honeymoon.

Being in the rush of the last month leading up to the wedding, we didn’t really give it too much thought and tucked it away as something to look forward to after the wedding.  There were so many options on where to book online but thanks to my amazing high school friend, who now works in Male, we found the best resort and honeymoon package at the most competitive rate.

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We were so happy but exhausted when the wedding was over. I even got sick the night before we went on honeymoon and ended up spending the night at the ER. It was nothing serious but a clear sign that I needed to get some rest.

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We flew from Paris to Male through Dubai. And finally after what felt like forever, we arrived in Male. We had to take a tiny sea plane from the capital to our hotel, the Finolhu, Baa Atoll resort. It was really fun to see the plane take off and land on water. The view on the multiple islands from the sea plane was priceless.

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Fun fact: Trans Maldivian Airways has the largest number of seaplanes in the world. The pilots told us how they would fly these beauties all the way from Canada to the Maldives. That’s over 16 hours of flight. Pretty fascinating knowing that these beauties usually only have around 3hrs of flight autonomy #mindblown

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The hotel was fantastic and our water villa with an infinity pool over the lagoon was a DREAM. I can barely realize that we spent 7 days in this place. I mean, look at this!

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The view from our bathroom. UGH!

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We took a buggy everyday to go to the pool and restaurants.

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And nearly every evening, we would see Blacktip Reef baby sharks swimming in shallow water and hunting for their dinner. They swim very close to the shore and it seems intimidating at first but they are harmless to us and eat only small fish. It was a real privilege to admire them (from far, of course) up so close in their natural habitat.

Look, how cute these baby sharks are :

 

We would spend our days either in our villa pool or in the beach club. The Finolhu hotel boasts of it’s 1 OAK BEACH CLUB and pride themselves on being the place to be as they host weekly retro pool Parties with great in-house entertainers and apparently exclusive extravaganzas featuring appearances from the world’s top performers and hottest DJs. I mean, Robin Thicke and Paris Hilton DJed there the weekend at the end of our stay #justsaying

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We also hung out with a French footballer and his wife – who were staying in the water villa next to us. It was pretty incredible. I mean, what is our life? #YOLO #celebritieslife

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The food was pretty good too – featured here the local Maldivian chili or the hottest-chili-that-you-can-never-touch-with-your-bare-hands-or-you-will-die type according to the locals. I thought it was ok. I love me some good chili so I was quite happy to taste it.

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Lunch Buffet!

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Fresh seafood is life!

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July is the perfect season to visit the Maldives because it is their “off” season. It is supposed to be their rainy season but it rained and stormed on only 2 days. The Maldivian weather also changes very fast and so usually the rain doesn’t last too long.

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This was a long stretch of white sand surrounded by the water on both sides. The GORGEOUSNESS, I die!

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We walked across the sand bank to get to their Crab Shack restaurant. It was so worth it!

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This Maldives is, hands down, the best destination we have been to for relaxing. It was the perfect place to spend our honeymoon to recuperate and reminisce on our wedding day. There was literally nothing to do there, in a good way. You are in the middle of nowhere, on a small island and while that seemed like a scary prospect on the first day to me, it was very effective in slowing down our rhythm and making us rest and enjoy the slow pace.

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This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and the island was SO BEAUTIFUL that no words nor pictures can do it justice. We can’t wait to be back again in 5 years, hopefully for our anniversary! Cheers to that!

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We miss you already!

So long maldives

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Tajikistan

Salamalek Tojikiston (Hello Tajikistan)!

Largely unexplored today, Tajikistan is part of the Silk Road. A country with endless dramatic landscapes and rivers drizzling down from the melting glaciers of the Pamir mountains.

Tajikistan is closely bordered by Afghanistan, separated only by a river, most of the way along the Pamir Highway to the narrow Wakhan Corridor also know as the Roof of the World.

People travel to “The land of the Tajiks” for the gorgeous landscapes and abundance of open spaces and greenery: some travel by bike, others are there for trekking and climbing. However, the heart and soul of this country consists of its people and their hospitality.

There are many preconceived notions about countries ending with ‘…stan’, especially one that borders so closely with Afghanistan. Not to mention a country with a muslim population. Gasp!

What we found were people with an incredible heart and tolerance. Women dressed in traditional and modern fashion living together in close knit communities. People going out of their way to understand and help us – even though we don’t speak Tajik or Russian. And people who like to dance – so much!

During this trip, we also saw glimpses of beautiful Afghanistan across the river, a place stuck in time with traditional huts and nearly no electricity or modern infrastructures. We bathed in hot springs, ate countless apricots, drank too much chai, rode yaks, danced to Tajik music, and we came back with incredible memories, legendary stories and a flower Rubob (local guitar).

We hope you enjoy this video as much as we liked making it.

Rahmat Tojikiston (Thank you Tajikistan)!