Ten honeymoons in ten days, hoo boy! I’ve just written and posted the last of them for The Rocky Road of Love blog. While the honeymoons are pretend, every one of these places really exist and really would accept visitors (that was the “rule” I made for myself when researching them.) Anyway, here are links to the final five. (You can revisit summaries of the first five honeymoons by clicking here.)
Tree House: Turkish Wedding Soup with Spiced Sauce
A treehouse, a freehouse,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.
A street house, a neat house,
Be sure and wipe your feet house,
Is not my kind of house at all –
Let’s go live in a tree house.
I was inspired by Shel Silverstein’s poem, then I found a real funky-looking treehouse hotel in Turkey and a romantic recipe to go with it.
Tropical Honeymoon in Aruba: Baked Bananas with Rum Sauce
Guilt drove me to give the couple a brief respite at a more typical honeymoon locale.
The “Baked Bananas with Rum Sauce” recipe seems to have been particularly popular, too.
Gee, bananas. Who knew?
To the (Australian) Lighthouse: Lighthouse Cocktails
In researching this one, I fell in love with the Straviken lighthouse in Sweden, but still felt guilty. (My life. Guilt.) This time I worried about sending the lovers to someplace so cold in February. So I found a lighthouse hotel for them in Australia, instead.
There followed a lively exchange (see post’s comments!) with the Straviken’s owner about whether or not there are polar bears in Scandanavia.
N.B.: There aren’t.
Honey, let’s play (Spanish) Caveman: Quick Vegetarian Paella
I used my own experience staying in a Spanish cave hotel near the Alhambra in Grenada for this one.
And have been yearning for Flamenco music and sangria ever since.
I also finally figured out a way to cook paella that doesn’t call for a million weird ingredients and doesn’t take all day to cook, either.
(Unlike this post, which is giving me absolute fits, probably because of all the pictures. Wordpress codemakers have some ’splaining to do!!)
Romance on (Ice Hotels) Ice: How to Make an Ice Bowl
Sam and Harry are due home later today, but I have one last honeymoon fantasy to spin for them. This time, it’s a hotel entirely made of ice. I wanted to make a hotel entirely out of ice too, but decided to settle for making an ice bowl instead. It took me a while to work out the directions, finally settling for a sort of “Ice Bowls for Dummies” approach (the kind I’d prefer myself) and was quite pleased with it.
Here’s a link to summaries of my previous five “Honeymoons”, which I’ve just updated. Don’t expect pictures, though, because I’m done messing with them!
Treehouse Image: Kadir’s Treehouses in Olympos, Turkey
Divi Tree Image: Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba
Lighthouse Image: Cape Otway Lightstation (original photo source unknown)
View of Alhambra from the Sacromonte: Photograph © John Willer and used with permission.
Ice Bowl: Creative Commons photo by EuphoriaLand