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Well, we’re back from our whirlwind European vacation and I’ve finally gotten a minute (or two) to relax and peruse through our pictures…which got me thinking – why not share some of our lovely photos and experiences with you?! 🙂

So here I am, sitting and waiting for our reception to creep up on us – just as our wedding did – and while I know I want it to come, I also don’t want it to be over!  So, instead, I’ll reminisce about our honeymoon and entertain you all as well!!

As you may (or may not) know, we started out in Edinburgh, Scotland – made a jump to St. Andrews to say our “I Do’s”, then headed south to London and Paris. 

We. Enjoyed. Every. Minute.

There was truly not a time where we did not have fun…enjoy ourselves…laugh…smile…

Being in a totally foreign location with the love of your life does things to you!  Neil and I have been together for seven years.  Surely, you’d think that in seven years we would know nearly everything about each other.  But when you’re running around in a place where you know no one, where everyone knows you’re a tourist, where – at times – you don’t know the language, you learn new things.  You learn to figure out things when you’re under insurmountable stress.  You learn that maybe you should have spent the extra $100 a night for a hotel room.  You learn that if you just take a minute to talk to the locals, they could cause you to almost lose your head in laughter.  You learn that hole-in-the-wall restaurants are usually the best restaurants…and worth a second visit!  But the coolest part about visiting a totally foreign location for the first time together is that you learn that just as much as you love each other, you also love new places.  And that’s what Neil and I found.  Between all the locations, St. Andrews – and Scotland in general – was our absolute favorite.  Sure, we’re biased…we did exchange our vows in that location…but I’m sure we’re not the only ones to agree that Scotland was utterly ::amazing::

We spent the first night of our excursion to Europe on a plane…a plane not much bigger than one you would take to Florida.  And it wouldn’t have been a complete trip without Neil first getting in a fight with the lady sitting next to him.  Okay, let me back up and set the scene for you.  We board our plane in Newark bound for Edinburgh.  Mind you, we’re boarding the plane a whopping 90 minutes late…but that’s neither here nor there.  We get on board and we’re in a row of three: me next to the window, Neil in the middle, and a nice young gentleman in the aisle.  As they are closing the doors, the nice young gentleman realizes that the row next to us is nearly empty.  Only one person is seated there and oddly enough – it’s his friend!  So he scoots on over and Neil and I are thrilled!  We have an extra seat and now we can really sprawl out and relax.  Oh, but wait, what is this?!  Big Bertha?!  Coming to sit by us?!  Yes. Yes, it is.  A large woman – no far from the size of an old opera singer – comes and sits in that seat.  Which prompts this conversation:

Neil: “Are you going to sit there…the whole trip?”

Lady: “Yes.  The flight attendant said we could sit wherever.”

Neil (as ol’ opera lady is talking with someone she “knows” a couple rows up): “Looks like there’s a seat up there with your friend, why don’t you sit with her?”

Lady: “Oh, I don’t know anyone on this flight.”

Neil: “Um…you’re talking to that lady, clearly you know her.”

Lady: “Nope, I don’t know anyone.”

Neil: “So you’re sitting there the whole time.”

Lady: “Yup.”

Neil: “Okay, well, I have bladder problems so you’ll have to get up a lot.”

Lady: “Oh, grow up!”

Neil: “Oh, no, it’s fine.  I don’t mind getting up every five minutes.”

Okay…yes, my husband (fiance at the time!) likes to argue with middle-aged women – who have nothing better to do than argue with 20-something year old guys.  Cool, opera lady, cool!  So in the end, no, Neil didn’t get up every  five minutes, but we did switch seats – and since I’m such an amazing fiance (now wife!!) – Neil got the window and was able to relax!

Upon arriving in Edinburgh (pronounced: Edin-brah), we were absolute ecstatic!  The weather was far surpassing our expectations and the people were friendly and helpful.  We boarded our double-decker bus…

…headed straight to the top and found a seat.  And, as you can imagine, we took a bajillion pictures in the first 5 minutes simply because we were just so totally amazed!

You can’t tell from the picture…but I’m wearing my super cool Bride-Suit!! 🙂

Cute homes…with cute little yards lined the streets of Edinburgh…

…castle like homes on every corner…

…and upon our arrival to the city center, we were greeted by Scott Monument – in honor of Sir Walter Scott.

It was such a beautiful and majestic medieval structure.  So intricate and gorgeous.   Despite the fact we were absolutely exhausted, Neil and I decided to head out on the town and do some walking around.  We got into Edinburgh around 10am and our parents weren’t going to be in until about noon or 1pm, so we knew we had time to kill.  Plus, our rooms weren’t ready yet, so why not?!  We walked and walked until we stumbled upon a quaint little church on the corner…St. John’s.  We took a peek inside and it was just beautiful…

With stained glass on every window, it was absolutely breathtaking!  It was built in the 1800s (so it’s a modern building – by Scottish standards!) and each of the pews had a different hand-engraved cross at the entrance.  It was amazing. 

After an exhausting day of shopping around the shops and seeing sights, we decided to take a rest in the park…which was just the cutest little park ever!  And they had ice cream – so I took full advantage of that!!

Oddly enough, as we were walking back to the hotel to see if the rest of the family had arrived, we ran into Dave and Troy!  They took us up to the rooms where we took (much needed) showers and got ready for the night. 

We really knew nothing about Edinburgh, so we decided for dinner…we’d just walk around until we found something that looked good!  Little did we know that as we were walking around, we were going to stumble onto a whole new area of Edinburgh that we had no idea existed!!!  The area we had been in was very modern and consisted mainly of high-end mall-type shops.  This new part – on the other hand – was just our calling!!  Tourist shop after tourist shop after tourist shop!!!  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

So remember that amazing Scottish weather I was talking about?!  Well, the “Scottish weather” part was true.  Like Wendy told me, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes and it’ll change.”  Well, in the hour and a half we were eating dinner, our beautiful weather changed…to tsunami like weather!  Which caused us to be quite the tourists in our Scotland flag umbrellas and Scotland flag ponchos!!

Neil and I took a break from the rain for a quick little photo op!  Right behind us is an adorable little courtyard – they were everywhere!

Needless to say, after a big day of travelling and sightseeing – Neil and I were pooped!  We laid down to watch TV at about 8pm, I woke up at 11pm and headed back to my parent’s room where I crashed until the morning.  Mom and Dad woke up early to head to church while Dave, Ellen, Troy, Neil and I went out on the town to see what we could see!  And boy did we see a lot!!

We saw Edinburgh from the top of Scott Monument…

…and I stole a kiss in the process…

…we squeezed our way back down the monument…and were glad we worked hard to take off those extra five pounds…

…we took a peek around our first (of many) castles…and felt like true royalty!…

The massive-ness of these structures in Scotland were amazing.  To think – all of this was built in a time where there were no cranes…they were no bulldozers…there was NOTHING of modern science available to assist the workers!!  And wow…what a drop off!!!  Talk about intimidating!

The intricate work in the Great Hall Dining Room just took your breath away!

Lots and LOTS of swords!!!  All which lined several rooms of the Castle.

Yes!!  I used a REAL British telephone booth – and I really had to use it, too!!

After Edinburgh Castle, it was off to dinner and then finally St. Andrews!!!!  More to come on that special topic! 🙂

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So planning a wedding is hard work.  You all agree, correct?  Well would you like to know what is even harder work?!  Planning a honeymoon that is sure to make us smile.  That, my friends, is where I have had the most troubles.

…now that looks like a spectacular honeymoon!!!

Why?  Well, first – my beloved groom has never been out of the country.  Because I have been out of the country a various number of times, I really want to make this special – for both of us.  I want him to remember it as a truly exhilarating experience!  Second, I want him to want to travel more.  We made an agreement a few years ago: if when we get married, he decides he likes traveling, we will travel the first five to seven or so years of our marriage – if not, then we’ll maybe start trying to have children 2 or 3 years after being married.  Needless to say – I want to wait before we have kids…I want to travel!!  I want to show Neil the world.  I want him to love other cultures like I do.

So there you have it…my reasons for wanting this honeymoon to be beyond *spectacular*!!!  Well, it’s not easy to do when a) you’ve never been to the places you’re going, and b) you really have little help from your groom.

So last week, when I opened the mailbox, something lurked that I wasn’t really expecting.  Okay, so I was kind of expecting it, but surely not that quickly!  You see, a couple of weeks ago, Neil and I briefly talked about what we wanted to do while in London.  We’re spending four days there and we wanted to definitely have a great time!  It’s also a ridiculously large place and there is so much to do!!  Needless to say, I know we’re going to miss something – but if we had something that would help us to stay on track and see as much as we could – without breaking the bank – then we’d be golden!!

Enter Royal Mail…

Yes…do you see that sticker?!  It says Royal Mail – which means it must be something special.  It came Air Mail and someone packaged it with *love* just for us!!!! (Well, I like to think they packaged it with love!!!)  What’s inside this lovely Royal piece of mail?!  Glad you asked…

Enter London Lifesaver…

This is the London Pass.  It will get us free admission to several attractions in London.  It’s so incredibly awesome…just look at what we get for a measly price:

Free Admission To…

  • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
  • City Cruises
  • Eton College
  • Guards Museum
  • Kensington Palace and The Orangery
  • HMS Belfast
  • London Bridge and London Tombs
  • London Zoo
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Wellington Arch
  • Wimbledon Tour Experience
  • Windsor Castle

And that’s just a small sampling!!!  Of course, we won’t be able to do it all – but we’ll definitely do some of the things that really interest us!!!  We’ll have four packed days of entertainment – that’s for sure!!!

With the London Pass, we also get discounted dinners at some spectacular London hot spots and look what else it came with…

With our passes that give us “jump the queue” privileges – we also had the opportunity to purchase underground travelcards for the three days that our pass is good.  We get unlimited use of the travelcards on those three days – which will save us major headaches!!!

Can I just explain to you how excited I am to be going to London in just a few short weeks?!  Of course, Paris is another story – I think we’re just going to be “wingin’ it” when we get there!!!!

I’m well aware that I say this every time, but I truly cannot believe that we are at the two-month mark!  To think, we started with EIGHTEEN months…the way time flies is beyond me!

I have been entirely too consumed in wedding and I literally cannot sleep at night because there are just a million things going through my head – like invitations…programs…welcome cards…attendant gifts…kilts…ah!!  The madness literally doesn’t stop.  And to make matters worse, I decided to take a trip through my previous posts….just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything!  ::UGH::  As if worrying about what I can remember isn’t bad enough – try adding on everything else I said I wanted to do, but forgot about!!

And don’t even get me started on the Old Course Hotel.  Since beginning planning in December 2008, the Old Course Hotel has had at least three wedding coordinators.  Not to mention that they are owned by an American company and nothing can be changed until it has the good ol’ American Stamp-of-Approval!  Which leads me to my first gripe – we still don’t have a wedding menu planned.  Umm…pretty sure that was due to happen about six months ago!  And I’m sure Wendy is just thrilled with me because I remind her of it literally on a daily basis.  (Sorry!!)

Then there’s the music.  Paul is going to be our DJ in Scotland and I’ve been sending him music for the past couple months…thus enter problem: I’ve sent him about 4 songs total.  FAIL.  I. Need. HELP!

And invitations….oooooh invitations.  Whenever I said I was DIY-ing my invites, why didn’t anyone slap the back of my head and bring me back to reality?!  Sure – these cost less (and in my opinion are way cooler than anything we could have bought), but seriously?!  Six months spent putting together invites is a bit overkill, eh?!  <—I totally know it’s Canadian…but I’ve been reading it a lot in my Harry Potter books – so perhaps it’s English, too, eh?! 🙂

I’ve made myself a list of things that need to be done before the wedding and the list just seems to be growing out of control…not to mention it’s a beautiful afternoon and I’m stuck inside because I can’t use our deck (recently stained…grr!!)

Okay, enough venting…onto the checklist for this month!!

  • Grooms, if you’re renting a tux, visit the formalwear shop to get measured.
    • I know I promised to have this done last month, but sorry!  I sent out all the information to our kilt-wearers and found out just last weekend that our chosen kilt supplier only accepts UK credit cards.  Now, I’m just waiting to get measurements from everyone so I can send it on to Miss Wendy.  Struggles.
  • Brides: Confirm delivery date of your wedding dress and schedule first fitting.
    • Dress delivered: CHECK!  First fitting scheduled: KIND OF CHECK!  We know where we’re going to get alterations, just haven’t made the arrangements.  I obviously want Mom with me, so I have to check with her schedule – likely it’ll be after I am finished student teaching (YAY!) which is in like 2 weeks!
  • Arrange for all insurance policies to include you and your future spouse: health, auto, homeowner’s, and life insurance.
    • I don’t really know how to go about doing this, but I’m sure we’ll get it figured out!!  I’ll go ahead and check this one off for the time being.
  • Brides: Provide a guest list to your bridesmaids for the bridal shower.
    • I could have sworn I had already checked this off, but maybe not…anyway, bridal shower was a success (I know, I still need to update you on it!!  Sorry!!  Just waiting for Mom’s camera!) and therefore, I’d say we can check this off!
  • Order enough liquor, wine and/or champagne to stock the reception bar (if it’s not included in the catering contract).
    • Well, drinks in Scotland will just be cash or on account and as far as the reception here, sorry – it won’t be making an appearance!
  • Arrange wedding transportation for you, your wedding party, and guests (as needed).
    • CHECK!!  Guests will be walking (since St. Andrews is all of about 5 miles big!) and my Dad, Mom, sister, and I will be toting around in this:

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  • At three months out, send your wedding invitations.
    • I’ve been working tirelessly on these invitation and they will be out before the three-month mark of our wedding reception.  They’re just not quite ready yet!!
  • Start writing the ceremony program if you’re having one.
    • Just started the research for this yesterday and it’ll be pretty simple to create since we already have our ceremony in place.  I’ll consider this a check!
  • Make parking arrangements for the reception.
    • No need!  We’ll be walking everywhere and our reception in Indy already has a parking lot!! Perfecto!
  • Begin working on your ceremony vows, especially if you’ll be writing your own.
    • Well, we won’t be writing our own, but we have already finished our vows!  There’s just something romantic about the same vows that have been read time and time again by countless numbers of couples.  I think we’ll stick with that!
  • Brides: Decide on and purchase your wedding veil and wedding shoes prior to your final dress fittings.
    • Check! and Check!  Both are finished (if you remember the veil fiasco!) and I have finally decided on a pair of shoes (because every bride needs THREE, right?!)
  • As you receive wedding gifts, be sure to update your online registries and record the gifts you get.
    • Bed Bath and Beyond has already called us to let us know we should add more to our registry since so much has already been purchased, but we declined the offer.  There is still plenty there, and besides – your presence is our present!!  But Thank-Yous have been sent for those gifts we have received – so we’re good in that department!
  • Make a plan for the kids at your reception.
    • Haven’t really decided about this yet, but we’ll likely just do some coloring books, etc.  Besides, all the weddings I have ever been to, the kids love to dance and they ignore the kids table altogether!  Sure, I’ll have something planned for the shy ones, but it’s not causing me to lose sleep at night!
  • Submit your newspaper wedding announcement.
    • Seems a little odd to me, but oh well!  We will announce our marriage – but we’ll wait until we’re actually married!!
  • Brides: Have your first wedding dress fitting.
    • Hopefully before the end of this month, I will have completed this!!!  Hopefully!!
  • Research local marriage license requirements.
    • Ugh!  I know all too well about “marriage license requirements”.  Don’t get me started!!!
  • Confirm hotel reservations for out-of-town guests.
    • Since we’re all out-of-town, I guess I should make sure everything’s in order!!!  But, because we’re all big kids, I trust that everyone got the reservations they needed to!  Besides, if they have questions, they’ve definitely not been too shy to ask!
  • Set aside a time to write thank you notes after the bridal shower.
    • Checkity-check-check!!  It only took me forever, but I got it done!!
  • Grooms: Attend your bachelor party.
    • Eh…well…we’ll see about this.  As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t even one in the works right now!!!  Unless of course he’s just considering golf at the Castle Course his bachelor party?!
  • Make a hair trial appointment to make sure you get the look you want on your wedding day.
    • Something I learned from Emily…hair trials are immensely important!!  Good news!  I already have mine booked!! Phew!
  • Finalize your ceremony vows.
    • Thought we touched on this?!  CHECK!
  • Brides: Purchase gifts for your maid of honor.
    • …or in my case, Grande Dame of Honour!!  Yes, gifts have been purchased – and I hope she’s as thrilled to receive them as I am to give them to her!!!
  • Grooms: Purchase gifts or your best man.
    • Okay, so he’s not as efficient as I am!!  Oh well!  I’ll get him on it…eventually!
  • Brides: Attend final wedding gown fitting.
    • I’ll get to it – I’ll get to it!! Give me a minute!!

So there you have it – two months to go and the list just keeps getting longer!!! Eek!!  I can truly say that I am scared out of my mind that everything won’t get done!!

But on a positive note…honeymoon details are being more finalized!!  We have our hotels and trains booked and today we even booked our London Pass which will give us free access to some of the most amazing attractions in London!!  We’re already planning out our week!! Hip-hip-HOORAY!!!

Ha!  Like you honestly thought I was going to post my dress!!!  You’re insane!!!

There are OTHER THINGS brides wear, you know?!

Okay…get your head out of the gutter!!! Geesh!!

So, any bride who has a destination wedding knows that she has to have her airplane wear…duh!!  And that is exactly what Mama and Papa outfitted me with for Easter this year!!!  I now have a whole ensemble…of course, Neil thinks I’m missing a bootylicious bum and some gold chains, but I don’t care…I adore!

Aren’t you just in love?!  But wait – it gets better!!

Of COURSE there are matching pants!!!  Good thing we’re getting married after Easter – there’s no WAY I could get away with this much white otherwise!!!  Anyway, courtesy of Von Maur, I now have my airplane wear.  And it’s super cute…too bad Neil doesn’t have a matching Groom suit!!  How cute would THAT be?!  And another plus…it’s SUPER comfy!!  Which means I’ll be snoooozzzzin’ away on the plane!! Ahh, I cannot wait!  But now that just means I need to find some cute sneaks to go with it!  Pink Pumas, anyone?!  Yes. Please.

(Disclaimer…I’m not totally ghetto…the Bride Suit is just plain cotton, not velour!!!)

But of course, since a bride can’t get ready in just ANYTHING on the morning of her wedding, shirts just for the occasion were created.  Enter bride and bridesmaid day-of wear…

Don’t you just love them?!  V-Necks for the inevitable hair/makeup fiasco and in the most perfect colors ever!!  And as my Dad may comment…no, I didn’t spell HONOUR wrong!!! 🙂  And in case you’ve been living under a rock…Grande Dame of Honour = Matron of Honor.

Along with the bridal attire is the Bridal Trousseau…which Mom and I went shopping for last weekend!!  I won’t bore you with the pictures, but let’s just say we hit the jackpot with some pretty amazing deals…and some even better dresses!!!  I will be one stylin’ bride…watch out London and Paris…here comes America’s Next Top Model!!! 🙂

Don’t know what a “trousseau” is?!  Read below… (all courtesy of About.com)

    trous·seau, n. [French, from Old French, diminutive of trousse, bundle. See truss.] The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage.

Throughout history, single young women all over the world have prepared for their change in marital status by accumulating a trousseau. A traditional trousseau — stored in a hope chest — included bridal accessories, jewelry, lingerie, toiletries and makeup, plus bed linens and bath towels for her new home.

From Victorian times till today, the trousseau also has consisted of brand-new outfits to see a woman through her wedding, honeymoon, and newlywed days.

Oftentimes the garments in a trousseau were hand-sewn by a a mother, aunt, grandmother, or the girl herself, if skilled with a needle. Wealthier families procured the skills of a professional seamstress to outfit the bride-to-be.

VICTORIAN TROUSSEAUS

Elaborate trousseaus were a sign of wealth and social standing during the Victorian era:

    “The society woman must have one or two velvet dresses which cannot cost less than $500 each. She must possess thousands of dollars worth of laces, in the shape of flounces, to loop up over the skirts of dresses… Walking dresses cost from $50 to $300; ball dresses are frequently imported from Paris at a cost of from $500 to $1,000… There must be traveling dresses in black silk, in pongee, in pique, that range in price from $75 to $175… Evening robes in Swiss muslin, robes in linen for the garden and croquet, dresses for horse races and yacht races, dresses for breakfast and for dinner, dresses for receptions and parties…” from “Lights and Shadows of New York” by James McCabe, 1872.

    “A visiting and reception dress was of maroon velvet, trimmed with wide bands of cocks’ feathers of the same shade. A second rich costume was of black brocaded silk and plain silk. .” — from “Miss Vanderbilt’s Trousseau,” Harper’s Bazar, December 15, 1877

THE TROUSSEAU IN LITERATURE

Literature carries many references to the trousseau. Symbolic of transition, a family’s financial status, domestic arts, leaving home, and virginity, trousseaus are mentioned in the works of Gustave Flaubert, Anton Chekhov, and Edith Wharton. Some excerpts:

    “Mademoiselle Rouault was busy with her trousseau. Part of it was ordered from Rouen; her night-dresses and night-caps she made herself, from patterns lent her by friends.” — from Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

    “We had a fair here at Ascension,” said the mother; “we always buy materials at the fair, and then it keeps us busy with sewing till the next year’s fair comes around again. We never put things out to be made. My husband’s pay is not very ample, and we are not able to permit ourselves luxuries. So we have to make up everything ourselves.”

    “But who will ever wear such a number of things? There are only two of you?”

    “Oh… as though we were thinking of wearing them! They are not to be worn; they are for the trousseau!”

    “Ah, mamam,what are you saying?” said the daughter, and she crimsoned again. “Our visitor might suppose it was true. I don’t intend to be married. Never!”

    She said this, but at the very word “married” her eyes glowed. — “The Trousseau,” by Anton Chekhov

TROUSSEAUS TODAY

While beautiful cedar hope chests are still manufactured and sold, many who purchase this furniture item simply use it for everyday storage. Nonetheless, a woman preparing for a wedding, honeymoon, and new life certainly needs new things (as well as a place to store them).

For most brides, gifts for the home accumulate quickly at engagement, shower, and wedding parties, thanks to the generosity of friends and family. Cash gifts and items taken from one’s former home help to fill in the balance.

So what’s left to purchase for the modern trousseau? New clothes, vacation wear, sports gear, luggage.

What belongs in your own trousseau? Things that make sense for your lifestyle, and things that you love. Someone who wears austere all black is going to feel self-conscious in loud, frilly holiday wear. So select resort wear in subdued neutrals, if that’s your style. Remember, shopping for a trousseau shouldn’t call for an image makeover; you’re just collecting some new things you probably need anyway.

On the wedding night, if you normally sleep in a T-shirt or the altogether, you may feel silly encumbered in a long, flowing negligee. Yet a short, sexy, white-satin chemise can certainly help you feel like a bride on that special night. And that’s one instance when the groom will likely appreciate your new trousseau, too.

Love. It.  I am totally ready to be a BRIDE!!!! 🙂

Do you speak French?  If there’s one thing I don’t do, it’s speak French!!  But with a little help from a spectacular friend in my MAT program, I now speak French…kind of!! 🙂

Okay, well, even if I don’t really speak French, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try!!  Heck…we’re going to Paris for our honeymoon, why not try to immerse myself in the culture!  And so starting today, that is what I will do! 🙂

For weeks now, Neil and I have been going back and forth with our honeymoon.  At first, starting last fall, he asked me to “just plan it”.  Well, doing isn’t as easy as saying.  Yes, I have a degree in tourism – I should be phenomenal at this, but to be honest, I struggled.  Badly.  I’ve never been to London or Paris so I didn’t know the prime locations that I should be looking at.  I also didn’t really know where our budget laid.  So I fiddled around…found some that we definitely should not book at…and in the end, failed.  Yes, I failed.

So let’s fast forward here a couple months.  I finally told Neil he has no choice…he has to help me.  I was getting so overwhelmed that at one point, I even suggested we hire someone to do it for us.  Okay, I was only kidding, but still.  I’m supposed to be a tourism pro, after all.  So we finally did it.  We talked about where we wanted to spend our money (i.e. hotels, dinners, attractions, etc.) and we looked at maps of our two chosen locales.  We made a list of several we liked and when we were finished looking, we went back and started knocking our list down.  Finally, after really only an hour of looking, we were down to two hotels that made us both smile!! 🙂

Next up on the list of to-dos…get a credit card that would allow us to make overseas purchases – and not charge us an exchange rate fee.  And because my family is such worldly travelers, this task was finished almost before it started!!  As you remember, Capital One is one of the very few cards that will do just that.  And as of yesterday – we had our pretty little plastic with the pretty little Raikkon face card in our hands!  And because Neil’s life is a wee bit too busy to be sitting on the phone with Capital One, I took it upon myself to activate his card.  I’m well aware they weren’t totally convinced I was Neil Barnes – the comment, “And your name is Neil?” came up a few times, but as suspected, I passed all the “security tests” they needed me to and his card was activated!  Hooray!!  So before my computer even knew what was happening, I was logged on and finding out hotels to make reservations!

Our first hotel is in London.  It’s literally a hop, skip, and jump from Hyde Park and has a tube nearby as well.  It’s a cute and cozy little thing and according to Neil’s English friend at work, so long as we’re in a good location, we’re in a good hotel!! 🙂  Check!  Say hello to honeymoon hotel numero uno… Elysee Hotel!

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So after London was Paris.  This one was a little scarier.  We don’t speak French (obviously!) and we have no idea what we’re looking at when there’s a map in front of us but it’s all written in French!  Eek!  So we did the best we could, we found what we were pretty sure was the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Arc de Triumph…then we looked for hotels around that.  And we were lucky!!  We found several and did the same thing as with the London hotels – went back and checked again.  We finally decided on one and booked a room for the second part of our honeymoon.  Check her out!!  Beautiful Hôtel de l’Ocean.

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So, yes, the “Les Nouveaux Mariés Iront à Paris”…and London!  And we absolutely, positively cannot wait!!!!!!

Only 120 days…14 hours…6 minutes…and 10 seconds!!! 🙂 YIPEE!!!!