Be warned, these photos are not the typical images of dazzling waters, azure coral reefs and tropical blue skies. These are from my photo album, hastily scanned when I noticed a prompt on Just Fooling around with Bee’s Countries we love They date back to December 1992 when hubbs and I were newly married lovebirds on our honeymoon in the Maldives.
We fell in love with this island paradise, truly one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Not only did we walk on pristine sand, island hop to remote islands and lagoons and snorkel in crystal clear waters but we met beautiful islanders, glimpsed a gentle culture, enjoyed banquets of exotic delights and all with not a phone in sight.
They might not be the best quality photos but the nine days we spent in the Maldives were blissfully carefree. As a honeymoon should be. Lazing on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, enjoying beach dinners in bare feet and spectacular sunsets.
Cliched, yeah probably. Romantic, definitely.
This country of 1,200 low lying islands in the Indian Ocean are vulnerable to extreme storms and tsunamis so I hope they’ll still be there when I’m no longer.
And the memories remain. Twenty three years later we still have an enlarged sunset photo of us hanging on a wall. I don’t think hubbs could pick me up quite so easily these days. It’d do his back in! And although our honeymoon days are long over this picture is a nice reminder of not just where we’ve been but how far we’ve come together.
Life is far from idyllic these days. But that’s to be expected with routine every day stuff that comes with raising two teenagers, a menagerie of animals and the usual stresses of life and earning a living. But we find our joys in the ordinary. I think we’re doing okay.
Wishing everyone a taste of an idyllic life, much love and an ocean full of happiness.
May we all continue to enjoy the journey.