I’ve just got back from a week of utter bliss in tropical Bali, Indonesia in honour of our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Just us, with no other family or friends for seven entire days.
|This is the life! Waiting for lunch to be served at the resort restaurant|
We reckoned that a quarter of a century of happy marriage deserved to be celebrated with a special vacation. And we couldn’t remember when we’d last gone away on a trip like this!
|Our vacation was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary|
People asked were we having a second honeymoon in the place where we had our first honeymoon. Actually, no. Our first honeymoon was three nights in a humble beach cottage that was kindly loaned to us by a friend of a friend. It was memorable for many reasons, not least of which we took our cat with us!
|Tropical fruit juices were the order of the day|
To tell the truth, the choice of the Bali destination was more mine than hubby’s. He’s rather more active than I am and didn’t know how he’d deal with just relaxing, reading (and in my case writing!), spa treatments, swimming, and eating wonderful food we didn’t have to cook (or clear up afterward). One thing was for sure—he refused to go shopping!
|Indonesian sate with peanut sauce and red rice--the rice was something new to me and scrumptious!|
Just a day into the break and he was thanking me wholeheartedly for booking the small, villa resort in Seminyak (on the west coast of the island of Bali) and giving us both a chance to wind down, relax and just talk to each other without everyday demands getting in the way.
|The sunsets on the beach at Seminyak were spectacular|
It was one of those vacations that I couldn’t fault—I loved every minute of it. The weather was perfect, the resort divine (The Elysian) and the Balinese people as charming and hospitable as we remembered from our first visit to Bali fourteen years ago.
|A writer's work is never done--how inspiring to write under the shade of a frangipani tree!|
Will Bali feature as a location in a future book? As it is such a romantic destination, I can certainly say “yes” to that!
What about you? Do you have a favorite vacation destination? Do you like a vacation packed with activities or one where you laze around? Did you have a memorable honeymoon—or second honeymoon? Please make a comment, I’d love to hear about it, and you can go in the draw for a free copy of my Harlequin Romance The Summer They Never Forgot to give away—either a mass market paperback or via an Amazon gift voucher for an e-book.
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Kandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction. The Summer They Never Forgot is Kandy’s first release from Harlequin Romance in the US, the UK and Australia. Watch out for her Harlequin Romance The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner to be published in July 14.
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