It’s time for Natalie and Kriss to pack their suitcases, as they count down to the much-awaited honeymoon after their ‘I do’s’…
Since Natalie and Kriss won their big day at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos, it’s been non-stop wedding talk. And quite rightly so. But there’s another element of tying the knot our prize-winning couple have to look forward to – a honeymoon. Or in the case of their 2 little boys, a holiday. The newlyweds will be spending 14 nights in a private pool suite room, no less, and sampling everything this beachside resort has to offer. We can’t think of a more fitting end to a whirlwind few months for the family. Let’s hear what they have to say about the build-up to their fortnight in the sun…
What we’re most looking forward to about our honeymoon is spending quality time together as a family, as we’ve not been abroad with the boys before. Not to mention the fact I won’t have to worry about dishes, washing or cleaning for 2 whole weeks. We have the countdown set on our phone and it’s just over 2 weeks away. Our honeymoon will be the start of our new life and the mark of a new chapter – I’m so excited.
I can’t wait to see the boys’ faces when we get to the airport and actually get to go on a plane, instead of just watching them from afar. They love planes and always run outside if they hear one – our youngest, Alfie, gets particularly excited and can just about say ‘plane’.
We’ve already started packing and our other son, Jake, took great pride in putting the tags on the suitcases. We also went to Toys R Us to pick up a few travel toys, and dug out the inflatable dolphin and beach ball from the garage. The cases are slowly filling up with shorts and T-shirts, and all we need to buy now are sandals and flip-flops – although this has turned into a bit of a drama, since all the summer clothes in the shops have been replaced by autumn stuff, and there’s not a flip-flop in sight. Oops.
I’m amazed at how many things you have to pack when you go away with small children – I’ve no idea how I’m going to fit in all the packs of nappies, suncream, swimming trunks and arm bands. There’s also the pushchair to remember, and the boys’ waistcoats and ties. My wedding dress is currently with the seamstress having its final adjustments, and will be packed in a special box as hand luggage. We’ve made manicure and eyebrow appointments for my bridesmaids and I, and booked all the taxis and minibuses for everyone. We’re travelling from my mum’s house the night before our crack-of-dawn flight, and we’re having a pre-holiday meal – and a drink or two – to set the mood before trying to get some sleep, if we can…
The last – and only – time Natalie and I went away together was way back in January 2009 on a last-minute deal to Majorca. But when we got to the resort it was cold, wet and miserable, and the average age of the holidaymakers was about 75. I think Nat and I were the youngest there by about 50 years! We spent 4 days seeing some of Majorca’s famous sites – these included the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, the amazing Caves of Drach, and we also took a coach trip to see some of the local businesses that make glass, jewellery and alcohol. We didn’t drink too much (honest!).
On this holiday I think we’ll do a bit of sightseeing and chilling out. The Athena Beach Hotel looks fantastic, and we’re lucky enough to get our own private pool attached to our room – it’ll be nice to just relax in the sun and watch our boys play. They’re excited about the kid’s playground, and Jake is looking forward to the kids’ club, too.
We’re definitely going to try all the restaurants and bars as the holiday’s All Inclusive, which is something Nat’s never experienced before. And since the hotel is right by the sea, it’ll be great for us to be able to take a stroll by the water in the evening and watch the sun set. We’d also like to see some local attractions like the waterpark, and sites like the ancient ruins and the town of Famagusta, which was abandoned during the conflict between Greece and Turkey. Finally, Nat would love to go up in to the mountains and take in some of the views of Cyprus. Not long to go now!
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Author: El Berwick
Published: September 10, 2014
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