Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Honeymoon Highlights!

First blog post of married life! Woohoo! After a whirlwind of family shindigs, friend gatherings, moving mayhem and wedding celebrations Big and I were more than ready for some honeymoon r&r. The main part of our trip was CRUISIN in the western Caribbean but we also spent a couple of days before hand in SoBe (South Beach) Miami.  

Much to Big's dismay, we spent a couple hours of his birthday evening (also the day after the wedding) looking for our Miami hotel.  We crammed in as much research as possible into a short amount of time and decided to go with a hotel that had a great price, very mixed reviews and seemed like a great location - The Hotel Shelley . 

We were relieved and excited when the hotel's location was indeed amazing and the hotel itself was charming and our room (which they upgraded for free!) was perfect.

Our hotel was super close to the shopping district as well as the beach. They were experiencing horribly "cold" weather there - 60-65 degrees. It may have been cold to them, but it felt downright balmy to us.  

This shirt was EVERYWHERE and fairly hilarious I thought.

It was Art Deco Weekend, so there were neat booths and street performers all along Ocean Drive.  We watched Kate and her Amazingly Dangerous and Amazing Show.  She was pretty talented and very funny.

After a couple of days in SoBe we were ready and excited for our cruise.  It was fun, relaxing and an overall recommended experience.  We went on Carnival and had as much fun on the ship as off. Vegas-like shows, comedy acts at the Punchliner Comedy Club, a casino, live music everywhere, a giant outdoor movie screen, a romantic balcony, 24hr room service and food food, food, food. One fun little touch, was that they left towel animals in our room every night along with the FunTimes listing of everything going on the next day.

We had a truly wonderful time and went on very neat excursions. We saw the Mayan ruins at Tulum, checked out the port area on Grand Cayman and walked up the Dunns River Falls 600' waterfall in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Ryan documented quite a bit of our adventure on our new Flip video camera with the intention of sharing it here.  We'll try to post it soon!

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