I’ve always heard praises of our long-distance, hyper active, over scheduled culture. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” the pundits have assured us. But, after spending 360 hours straight with my hubby on our recent second honeymoon in Spain, Morocco and Paris, I’ve found that closeness, not distance…proximity, not absence, makes the heart grow fonder.
I had always dreamed of honeymooning in some far flung destination, when I got married, But, when the time came, the craziness of the wedding and the time needed to plan an international affair in our native Nigeria meant that we didn’t have much time afterwards for a proper honeymoon. We definitely took a few days to recharge after the wedding, but kept promising to take a real vacation a few months later. But, like it always does, life kept getting in the way. New jobs, new cities and lots of other commitments kept crowding in from every direction, until we started feeling a little like Carl and Ellie trying to take their trip to Paradise Falls.
But, last month, we had the opportunity to take two and a half weeks off and it was glorious! At home, we’re both running to or from work or some other commitment, squeezing time in for date nights and prayer here and there, but often spending less than a few hours a day with each other. On vacation, we got to really connect, recharge and remember why we first fell in love that first night. Don’t believe the hype. Nothing can replace closeness and nothing can reinvigorate a marriage like disconnecting from everything but one another.
So, here’s the best of the best of our vacay pics. Hope you like them! Ps…They were all take on my iphone. Kudos to Apple for making a seriously stellar camera!
– live, love, completely
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SPAIN (Madrid and Malaga)
Temple of Debod, a gift from Egypt to the people of Spain
Placeo Real, the former rolyal residence and current home of the Spnish Pareliment
MOROCCO (Casablanca, Fes, Marrakesh, Rabat)
La mosquée Hassan II in Casablanca
Grounds of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the tower of the unfinished Hassan in Rabat
Fes is an artists dream. It is the home of all of the beautiful architecture and designs that are seen all over Morocco. Artists from around the country come the Fes to study tile-making, engravingwood carving and much more. Our awesome tour guide took us through a artist commune, where they hand-make everything from pottery to mosaics, !
While just couldn’t get enough of the ornate buildings and creative mosaics, it was the Moroccan countryside that really stole my heart. The serene Berber villages and rolling hillsides were much more beautiful than I expected.
And, of course, Paris was amazing…as always.