July 15, 2014

where did you go on your honeymoon?

we weren't able to get away for our honeymoon until after a year of being married, but it was well worth the wait. we chose maui as our destination and stayed at pretty resort. the thing is, we hardly spent time there. we were always out and about. one of the best parts about our honeymoon was venturing into more of the local areas and speaking with locals. we came across a children's store that was hard hit by the economic downturn and was kept open by the help of volunteers who donated their time to help keep it running. yangkyu and i also came across a man who ran a fruit stand while on our way to road to hana. he told us that he came to maui on a business trip in the 1980s, fell in love, sent in his resignation letter via mail and never looked back. that was a story that made our day. maui was truly an amazing experience. the beach towns were so laid back and breezy, kodoma store & bakery was so delicious and all the sights from lahaina to haleakala mountain were breathtakingly beautiful. but i have to say the people were even more. 

today i'm so very excited to have yasumi, kizzy and lisa share their memorable honeymoon adventures for this month's blogger story session. here is what they had to say: 

living in london means that we are disconnected from most of our loved ones. choosing to go to japan for our honeymoon meant that we were sure to get a good mix of private time, family time and time with our friends and our disregard for traditions set the wheels in motion for a honeymoon filled with celebration, tenderness and adventure. our alone time was spent in a beautiful  subtropical okinawan island called kumejima. okinawa has a special place in our hearts because this is where hiro proposed 2 years before. our time in kumjima was a mixture of clear water beaches, starlight, delicious food, starlight and unforgettable memories. as wonderful as our alone time was, one of my most precious memories of our honeymoon was our short trip into to the japanese countryside with our 2 best friends. we stayed in an old traditional house amid a vivid patchwork of rice fields and somehow we became children again. together we chased the sounds of frogs, climbed trees and looked for totoro. that evening we played with fireworks then drank sake and enjoyed a meal of delicacies collected from the mountains and local farms. then something magical happened. we followed an old lady who led the way into the nearby forest. when she came to a halt, she asked us to look up and when we did we realised that the sky was filled with a myriad floating blinking lights. these were not stars, for stars are never so warm, but fireflies. and we danced and marveled and laughed beneath a canopy of fireflies till we grew tired.  -- yasumi from worshipblues, married 4 years but been together for nearly 11 now, london, england. 

gavin and i spent our honeymoon in stunning edinburgh. it is the capitol of scotland, we chose it because we had both never been there. we had only been in scotland a short time after moving up from england. and we really wanted to see around scotland. edinburgh is an historic city full of museums, cobble stone streets, performers, theatres, a stunning castle upon the hill, clubs, gardens, plenty places to eat too.  it was absolutely amazing, we watched the canon being fired at the castle, posed with a man dressed as ‘braveheart’, went to many museums, and did lots of shopping too *wink*  i loved it as it was the first proper time spent in scotland & the people are so warm and friendly and every time we go back, we become filled with these memories and now tell them to our children too.  edinburgh really made the honeymoon more like a fairy tale than anything and it always feels that way when i visit every now and again. both my husband and i love it. -- kizzy from the dainty dolls house, married 12 years {13 years on july 21}, glasgow, scotland. 

for our honeymoon, we decided to go to an all-inclusive resort in jamaica. i admit that i had my reservations because i'm not a beach/sand person. well, to my pleasant surprise, i loved every minute of it. when we arrived at the resort, the hubs was being very "east coast" and wanted to check-in asap. the concierge handed us fresh fruit and pina coladas and told us "chill, sit back and relax". it was wonderful to be pampered! my husband must have drank his weight in pina coladas! we chose an all-inclusive because we didn't want to worry about a single thing, and not having to tip every single person was a also great relief. there were two memorable parts of the honeymoon. one, i really enjoyed climbing dunn's river falls and getting photos of us being drenched by the falls. two, i didn't enjoy riding horses bareback into water that came up to the horses' necks. i seriously thought i was going to fall in the water and drown. (still glad we did it though, honey!) we'd love to go back for a future wedding anniversary! -- lisa from expandng, married 6 years, germantown, maryland. 

looking up to see a brightly lit sky filled with fireflies, watching canons being fired from a castle and riding horses bareback into water? these stories were just such a delight to read.  

now, how about you? please tell us in the comment section below some of the memorable moments of your honeymoon? or if you haven't gone yet, where would you like to go? i would love to know. 


 // a very special thank you to yasumi, kizzy & lisa for sharing your stories. and happy early anniversary kizzy! 

this is part of a story series counting down to our 5 year wedding anniversary in august.  


36 comments

  1. ahhh love this!
    Nat and I have been doing our fair share of dreaming about honeymoon plans to take our minds off the horrible visa waiting time. We are almosttttt 100% set on going to Bali, we've never been even though I grew up so close by and it just sounds wonderful. You guys sure are patient for waiting a year. Maui sounds fantastic, and that fruit seller's story made me smile :)

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    1. bali sounds amazing! and sometimes i feel like want to get away to a far away place but then those places that are close but i've never been have always perked my interest as well. some of the beautiful places are close by us!

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  2. All of their honeymoon stories are so beautiful! I always find it interesting on how couples choose where to go for their honeymoon. It gives a glimpse as to what both couples love. Fabulous couples above and their love continues to blossom. I've never been married, so I can't contribute a story. I just plan to travel the world alone.

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    1. traveling the world sounds amazing kim. i used to hate doing things alone - watching movies alone, eating alone but one day i just upped and went to a restaurant and ate by myself. ever since then i didn't have a problem with it!

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  3. Great stories. I didn't have one either but we did a few pre-wedding trips exploring g a few islands in the south of Thailand in prior to moving here. Maui sounds amazing.

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    1. pre-wedding getaways sound so great! takes the stress off!

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  4. thanks for sharing our stories, Jane! The fireflies definitely sound amazing and also the canons being fired!

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  5. I can't imagine going on a business trip to some paradise and never returning (ok, maybe I can). What an amazing story!!

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    1. i thought it was so amazing that he did! :)

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  6. Thank you for letting me share our tale :)

    Sharing stories, those that we keep in our hearts, that lift our spirits when we are sad...that is a beautiful thing.

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    1. thank you so much yasumi for sharing your story!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your story, Jane, and also these lovely ladies's as well:)

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  8. I love it when you include others in your post ... it's a nice way to be introduce to other lovely blogs.

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  9. I absolutely loved reading this. And I think the story of that man who fell in love and never looked back was lovely, I love it when strangers share their stories.

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    1. i agree! :) thanks for reading!

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  10. We had a similar encounter with a lady in Oahu, Hawaii! She was working in one of those carts that sells jewelry, and told us that she was attending a community school in Los Angeles in the mid 80s and came to Hawaii during spring break. She loved it so much that she never went home!

    Danny & I *finally* booked our honeymoon. We are going to Spain & France!

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    1. that's so awesome :) and spain and france sound amazing! hope you guys have a great time!

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  11. What beautiful stories! We didnt get to go on one either, but we did take little trips here and there.

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    1. i think little trips here and there are super sweet!

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  12. This was so wonderful, I really enjoyed reading the other stories too...thank you so much for asking me to join in, it was such pleasure and these memories will live on and on forever...all of them filled with love and happiness <3333 Beautiful xx

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    1. thanks so much kizzy for sharing your story!

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  13. All their stories and honeymoons sound so romantic and magical. I always wanted to visit Japan, Edinburgh and Jamaica :) Wishing to these lovely ladies always much joy and happiness :)

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    1. i would love to go to japan edinburgh as well. sounds like lovely places.

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  14. Great! I can't wait for our honeymoon to Santorini soon <33

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    1. hope you have a wonderful time!

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  15. ahhh all such great reads - such beautiful stories - makes me want to go on a honeymoon :) I'll have to remember that kumejima island - sounds magical!

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  16. Beautiful stories and all very romantic too. Must say i have not yet met the joy of a honeymoon, but they are utterly heart warming to read. Great idea to feature honeymoons and glad to have discovered your blog!
    May x
    http://www.walkinginmay.com/2014/07/looksreview-my-first-tailored-custom.html

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  17. I loved Yasumi's story, she has such a beautfiul way of writing and story telling. For a moment I was in Japan looking up in the forest.

    We're going to be setting our wedding date this week so hopefully we can be happy as these couples.

    Buckets & Spades

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  18. your honeymoon sounds magical, Jane! as do the others, what beautiful stories. I just love this series! we went to the Maldives and it was like heaven on earth, so much sea life and just completely like a different world. x

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  19. Your honeymoon sounds amazing and definitely worth the wait. Stu and I went to the Maldives for ours and stayed in one of those villas over the water. It was romantic and ever so lovely. I long to go back that someday!

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  20. Aww always love to read this series with everyone's stories. Specially like how different the three of them are: one a magical story to explain a return to the roots, a quite urban historical travel and then the relaxing feeling of a resort honeymoon. We had two ideas on our mind for our honeymoon between a fun urban honeymoon in NYC or our dream travel in Japan. Well, you know which one we chose at last? ;) So fun to learn that you waited a year for your honeymoon and also that you can't stay put in a resort and need to wander around, I would be the same :)

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