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snapyou...Nice write up and wonderful narrative photos as well.
You did the right thing...a private wedding in one of the really great destinations in Europe. We prefer to visit Venice, Florence and especially Paris in the late fall or winter (and some other places as well)....there is such character about these cities which the absence of crowds and the changes in weather make for unique and memorable times.
LL is nowing offering a life vest in their gift store....for people just like you....beautifully tailored and ready to use at a moments notice of need.
Congratulations again on your wedding....Merry Christmas and a very, Happy New Year.
Worst part about the fall was that I can't swim,just as wel it hadn't rained for while or my wife would have been a widow within hours!
I saw Casanova a while back but might have to see it again now!
My fav Venice fil though is Don't Look Now ( i love a dark gloomy brooding Venice)
Merry Christmas to you and all the best for 2010!
Again congratulations on your tying the knot recently, and in Venice of all places. What a nice place to do the deed. It sounds like you had a wonderful time there. Falling into the Canal on your wedding day was very funny and you and your bride will remember that one for the rest of your married lives. What a conversation piece!!! I enjoyed reading your blog as it brought back fond memories of Venice and our trip there (also on a LL package - Luna Hotel Baglione). We were there a couple of years ago while they filmed the scenes for the movie Casanova and it was fun to see the actors all decked out in period costums. What a different time it must have been back then.... If you haven't seen the movie, it might be a good thing to rent it when you get a chance as you will be able to recognize many of the familiar scenes you just have seen.
Good luck to you and your bride and Happy Holidays!
snapyou, excellent article and beautiful photos. Keep traveling and keep posting.
Thanks for that. No,i really don't think this could have been bettered.
The weather was warm(daytime temp around 22-25C,though it was pretty chilly in the morning until the sunrose,likewise the evening drives were cold,lots of layers needed when sun set).
We were awoken at 5:30am by a phone call,must syay the first couple of days it was struggle to get up but soon got used to it and our body clocks would wake us at 5am.
Would go up to coffee and pastries then off by 6am and returning around 9:30 for a glorious breakfast.
For evening game drives we'd meet at 3:30pm,more coffee/tea/cakes (this about an hour or so after finishing lunch!)and return at 7pm and then eat AGAIN!(i put on about 6lbs in the week).
There would also be comfort breaks on the drives where the guide and ranger would set out a table with ,in the morning,coffee/tea/snacks and ,in the evening,a rather full bar and snacks.
Drinking a nice red or a gin and tonic in the middle of nowhere was quite civilised,i must say.
In addition,one morning,we stopped in the bush where a member of staff was waiting to make us all freschly made pancakes. After our canoe trip,we suddenly stopped at a lone tree in the dark night whiuch magically,had lanterns on it with a tray propped between the branches containing a tray ,a bottle of champagne and glasses:WOW!
All in all i would say that though many feel safaris are expensive, when compared to a city break and all the expenses that entails(meals,travel,sightseeing etc),this was well worth the money.
It was also so relaxing not to worry,'oh,what shall I do today and how to I get there?".
Every drive was very different,never knowing what you were going to see.
If you ever get the chance:GO!
Thanks again for your kind words.
FABULOUS!!! I am so envious and thrilled to read your review. Guess you could not have had a better time?? More about your weather/temps pls.
and the spotted kitties are gorjus!! Did the game drives consume your entire day? Did you get time to spend between? Thanks for sharing!
Why, yes, I do repeat myself at times. Funny you should notice. Not only did I repeat myself, I actually took the time to write it twice. Whatever, I still want snapyou to know how much I enjoyed reading his informative reviews.
kapper, every now and then I find myself repeating myself. Does that ever happen to you??
snapyou, after reading both tripadvisor reviews, although the Kempinski may have been a much more upscale resort, seems like Imani was more fun for you.
The blog with pix is here:
snapyou, I read your review on tripadvisor.com on the Imani Beach Villas as well as your observations of the Kempinski. Sounds like you actually had more fun at Imani.
Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
Oh, you are so right omegaet. How can I possibly mix up the spelling of Kempinski and Imani?
I really need to drink a second cup of coffee before I begin reading blogs in the future.
snapyou..sounds like you almost had exclusive use of the Kempinski during your visit to Zanzibar (never been there - although the name alone has such an exotic ring to it).
btw t-2-f, I think the review your read on TA from snapyou is for the Imani Beach Villas....(at least that is where his link directed me).
You have to figure how to overcome the tech issues holding you back from posting photos here.
I'm putting up the same blog on Trip Adviser which should also include the pix
snapyou, enjoyed reading your blog here and on tripadvisor. At least you managed to post some of your beautiful photos on TA, too bad you have not found the secret to do so here. Keep up the good work.
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