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    • Day3

      End of day 1 + day 2

      November 8 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

      Welp! Funny looking back at ending my last post saying “hopeful things will go up from here!” Because they most definitely did not.
      Matt ended up running a fever and passed out multiple times between the time of 5:30pm and 10pm. Long story short, since I’ll save sharing the gross details that happened in the bathroom, we ended up having to call the resort to call an ambulance and take us to the hospital. Matt got an IV and was required to stay the night there, but I could not. I call a taxi back to the resort and got back by 1:30am. At this point it’s been a 24 hour day… a pretty shocking start to the honeymoon.

      Matt arrives back at the resort at 7am this morning and is feeling better but not great. His fever is gone and is just battling a cold. We were supposed to golf today but moved it to tomorrow and cancelled our snorkeling tour since we weren’t sure if Matt would be able to handle 4 hours of snorkeling. Instead of golfing today we rented snorkeling gear and just swam around our resort. Saw some great fish and beautiful coral.

      Definitely trying to make the most of the trip but just so happy that Matt is feeling a little better and back at the resort.
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      Traveler

      Love the tropical shirt, Matt

      Traveler

      Oh, just read your post. So sorry that Matt has been sick. Just relax and you can get better quicker.

      Traveler

      geeze, this is one memorable honeymoon! so glad Matt is better, and sounds like a smart schedule change. the great thing is, you cottage is beautiful and looks so restful! love your pics, it's okay to slow down and just enjoy the resort!

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    • Day6

      Last day

      November 11 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

      I can’t believe it’s already the last day!

      Today was very relaxed, which was nice! Woke up, had breakfast, took a nap, went snorkeling, “vegged out” on our phones, and then got ready for a nice dinner! We splurged and made a reservation for the 5 course meal for our last day. It was very yummy! We both agree that Matt’s beef tenderloin was our favorite dish. I got their Mahi dish which was also very good.

      The rest of the night is filled with more Netflix and relaxation. Tomorrow will be dedicated to packing and traveling home!

      Cheers to a honeymoon! It was such a blast even with the multiple bumps in the road. What’s marriage without a couple of hurdles to get over anyways!

      Looking back, I do have to give a quick shoutout to Steve Hibbs for helping me calm down and get through the first day of the honeymoon with matt getting sick. Having to call an ambulance and getting to a hospital in a foreign country, let alone on almost zero hours of sleep, is a great way to panic! Dad helped me walk through the steps that would need to be taken if certain things arrive. Appreciate any and all help!
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      So happy that the two of you did have a great trip. So beautiful in Moorea.So glad Matt that you were able to bounce back and took care of yourself. And Sara so proud of you for finding strength to deal with such a crazy and difficult start to your honeymoon. Much love to the Lovebirds❤️🥂

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      love this pic!

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      what a memorable experience! any maybe with your 25th anniversary you can do it all over again, without a cold! it sounds like you had such a great end to your trip!

      Traveler

      WOW!!!! What an adventure! Persevering through exhaustion, illness, navigating an emergency in a foreign country is a challenging way to start a honeymoon! Soooo happy for all the subsequent great adventures!! A story for the ages! 🌴🥂💞

       
    • Day2

      End of travel + Day 1

      November 7 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      We made it!
      I’ll be honest when I say this day was exhausting. It’s easy to think of a honeymoon to be very romantic and relaxing, but the effort and energy that goes into actually getting to the destination is often forgotten. I’ll try and make it short.
      Departed our flight to Tahiti (Papeete specifically) at 9:50pm and landed at 4:00am. We were lucky enough to get the middle seat open during that flight! We got through customs by 5:30am and took a bus to the ferry “terminal”. We boarded and left for Moorea on the ferry at 5:55am. We don’t arrive at Moorea until 6:45am. From there we took another bus (thank god it was only a 5 minute ride) to our resort. We arrived around 7am. Where it got rough was we were not given our room until 2pm…. Matt and I were running on snacks and probably 3 hours of sleep. Tears were almost shed at times thinking how exhausted and gross we felt. Matt, unfortunately has come down with some cold as well and is trying to sleep it off. So we finally get our room at 2pm, shower, and now Matt’s asleep till dinner. I, of course being Kristi Hibbs’ daughter, cannot relax and I’ve completely unpacked my suitcase, organized the bungalow for the week, and now writing this with a glass of wine in hand.
      In better news, the weather is AMAZING!!!! We just missed a huge storm that hit Moorea for the last three days and it’s expected to stay nice and sunny until Friday.
      Hopeful things will only go up from here!
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      Traveler

      traveling is so exhausting....but your destination sounds and looks amazing! hopefully, some Matt will feel better after some rest and relaxation. your cottage looks amazing!

      Traveler

      It is amazing! So thankful and excited to be here!

      Traveler

      it looks gorgeous!! the water, the palm trees, the sky, the clouds, and the room! is that a see thru floor to the water? gorgeous!

      Traveler

      Sure is! Fun sitting and watching fish swim by!

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    • Day40

      Hello Moorea

      October 3 in French Polynesia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Heute war Umzugstag, von Bora Bora nach Moorea. Für uns hieß das, um 9 Uhr mit dem Taxi vom Hotel zur Fähre, mit der Fähre zum Flughafen, mit dem Flugzeug nach Tahiti, mit dem Taxi zum Fährterminal, mit der Fähre von Papeete nach Moorea mit ordentlich Wellengang, Mietwagen abholen, einkaufen und dann in die Unterkunft…puh jetzt ist es 16 Uhr und wir sind kaputt. Mir wurde schon beim Schreiben ganz schwindelig.

      Wir haben noch fix was eingekauften kochen uns heute leckere Nudeln. Ein kleiner Erkundungsgang und dann fallen wir ins Bett 😴
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      Traveler

      Super, der Film!

      10/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Was habt ihr für hübsche Muschelketten!

      10/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Clara sieht so glücklich aus.

      10/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Das hab ich auch gerade gedacht.

      10/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja, ich glaube, sie genießt die Freiheit hier und den Nacki-Bauch 😊

      10/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      ☺️

      10/4/22Reply
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    • Day41

      Lazy Tuesday

      October 4 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Der Titel sagt alles 😊 Wir genießen die Ruhe in unserem Bungalow, spielen, lesen, hören Hörspiele, bauen Korallen-Burgen mit Walen, „graben Dino-Korallen-Skelette“ am Strand aus und gehen Schnorcheln. Die Strömung ist hier allerdings so stark, dass wir uns nur treiben lassen können. Alles andere gleicht einem Kraftakt.Read more

      Traveler

      Hallo Hawei Girl ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

      10/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja, sie passt gut hierher

      10/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wunderschön 🤩

      10/5/22Reply
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    • Day5

      Day 4

      November 10 in French Polynesia ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

      We’re back on track!

      Today was another slow morning that started out with some mimosas on the deck. We decided we want to get out of the resort again and just started walking. We actually ran into a beautiful view point! We stayed there for a bit and then decided to walk back and explore other beaches near the resort. Matt ended up finding a coconut and set his mind to getting it open, which about 20 minutes later, he succeeded! Walked back to the bungalow and had to taste it. Matt liked it but not my cup of tea.

      We got lunch delivered from a local Banh Mi Restaurant and it was MASSIVE! So yummy but so much fun! We relaxed at home for awhile before deciding we wanted to check out the pineapple juice factory/distillery. Got a taxi and walked around the factory and tried some of their rum!

      Got back home and went to our happy hour again and ordered some room service for dinner! Back at the room and currently watching Netflix! A great day!
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      Traveler

      wow, these look like pictures for a sales brochure! awesome overlook!

      Traveler

      wonderful!

       
    • Day4

      Our first “normal day”

      November 9 in French Polynesia ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

      It finally feels like the honeymoon has started!

      We ended up going to bed Tuesday night before 9pm and woke up at 6am since we were both exhausted from the days before. Matt woke up feeling much better, just still fighting a little cold. We took it slow in the morning and then rented bikes to the golf course that was about 2 miles away! It was great seeing Matt back to his normal self and the golf was so much fun! Matt ended up 3 over for the round (with the exception of a couple breakfast balls) and I got a birdie! Afterwards we found a burger joint, but ended up sharing a HUGE ceaser salad and a side of fries.

      Matt decided to continue his bike ride to a local grocery store while I went back to the room and snorkeled around the resort. Once matt got back, he decided to take a nap while I caught up on reading.

      Later that night, we went to happy hour and got some very yummy appetizers to split for dinner. We walked around the resort and ran across an event happening which was some sort of local tribal dance. It was so fun to see! We went back to the room and ended the night watching some Netflix!

      The cat that I keep posting pictures of comes join everyone at breakfast and we’ve named him Franc. 🙂
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      Traveler

      hooray....now this is sounding more like a honeymoon❣

      Traveler

      is the weather as great as it looks? I really want to go to this place!

      Traveler

      Golf in Moorea! And a birdie! Now that sounds like a honeymoon.

       
    • Day10

      Jetski Tour

      September 25, 2019 in French Polynesia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Gestern waren wir auf einer gut dreistündigen Jetski Tour, welche uns an der Nordküste von Moorea vorbeiführte.

      Gestartet sind wir in der wunderschönen Cook’s Bay. Dann entlang der Küste durch die blaue und türkisfarbene Lagune zur noch fast schöneren Opunohu Bay. Die grünen steilen Felswände und die schönen Berge im Hintergrund kommen auf dem Wasser noch besser zur Geltung. Zudem konnte ich mich während 5 Minuten mit dem Jetski austoben. Tini musste sich festhalten und hat dabei noch fleissig mit der GoPro Videos gemacht.

      Dann sind wir weiter durch die nächste Lagune gefahren. Wir haben immer mal wieder halt gemacht und der Guide hat uns etwas zur Entstehung der Lagunen oder der Geschichte von Moorea erzählt.

      Bevor wir wieder zurück gefahren sind, besuchten wir noch die Banc de sable, welche unweit vor unserem Bungalow liegt. Dort konnten wir noch zwischen den Rochen, Hai und sonstigen farbenfrohen Fischen Schnorcheln.

      Die ganze Tour hat riesigen Spass gemacht. Ich kaufe mir einen Jetski.
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      Traveler

      Wie der Vater so der Sohn😎 chasch de Ämme uf u ab fahre

      9/28/19Reply
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      😅👍🏼

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    • Day11

      Pushing our bodies to their limits

      July 31 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Laura almost always wakes up before I do. Today was no exception, and she kindly shut the glass doors separating the living room from the bedroom to minimize noise so I could sleep in while she made an espresso. I awoke, bleary-eyed and still partially in a fugue-state, saw my beautiful wife sitting on the couch, started to walk towards her, and promptly left a body/face print on the glass door I had failed to spot. The moment sponsored several spontaneous laughing fits for Laura throughout the day.

      After taking a moment to collect myself (Laura was doing the same in an entirely different fashion) I mustered up the remainder of my dignity and we made our way to breakfast. Over coffee and yogurt, we decided to give bicycle rental another shot and to hit a hike or two. Recalling our shoddy bikes from Bora Bora, we asked the activities desk staff to inquire if the bikes were capable ("and I cannot stress this enough") of shifting gears. Assured that they came with the particular feature, we went back to our room to pack backpacks with sunscreen, suits, towels, and lots of water.

      We were thrilled to see the bikes were legit mountain bikes, capable of 29 gear combinations. We clambered on and took off ready for the day's adventures. We quickly learned that the bikes were not in fact perfect. My bike indeed did have many gear settings, but my derailer was intent on going above and beyond by having me experience their half states and sudden, unrequested changes. Laura's bike's rear-reflector was a-dangle, causing it to rub against her thighs as she peddled. We did our best not to let these quirks impede our journey, and after ~20m we reached the base of our hike -- "La Route Du Manoï". We stashed our bikes in the parking lot, and began walking our way up the winding incline.

      It was at about this point that Laura remarked at how active we had been throughout our vacation... "You can really feel the compounding exertion starting to take its toll..."

      The situation deteriorated from there.

      The next 2 miles were peppered with huffs, pouts, and an angry glare or comment directed at the many scooters, ebikes, and ATVs that roared by us. We ultimately reached the summit, and paused to rest and down some water before making the descent. When we reached the bikes again, we took a rocky road towards a grove of pineapple trees, but abandoned that plan quickly as Laura's bike seat continued to attack her.

      We decided to switch bikes, which immediately rectified that issue for Laura, bonus points in that it was much kinder to me. This gave Laura a second wind, and we continued the relatively flat journey further around the island. After a while, we began to value the prospect of lunch more than the prospect of developing more saddle sore, and turned around to return to the resort. That was smart move, as we both were running out of gas at the 17 mile mark that signaled the end of the trip. We dipped in our bungalow pools and then put back some chicken sandwiches at the resort grill.

      Laura took a nice big nap to recover, and then we went out into the lagoon to do some snorkeling and make use of the remaining daylight. The snorkeling was quite good, we were surprised by the amount of coral and number/variety of fish just below the surface. Laura was also treated to a show, when I inadvertently triggered a Trigger Fish 🐠, and it rammed itself into me three times to drive me off. I finally turned around after the second to see what was touching me, and was startled to see the little guy hurtling himself at my foot. Mask flooding with water, I scrambled away, expending the sole shred of dignity I had leftover from my glass-door incident.

      I consoled myself with a happy hour margarita while we watched the sunset and waited until it was time for our taxi ride to dinner at Moorea Beach Cafe.

      Dinner was lovely; a beach side restaurant called Moorea Beach Cafe. Our table was 5 feet from the water, and we could hear the fish splashing and see the spotlights of boats on the water. We split a trio of tuna tacos that were most excellent. Laura had seared tuna with a soy glaze, while I had a half lobster over risotto. For dessert, Laura indulged in some ice cream, while I had a Cognac.
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    • Day2

      Tag 1 auf Moorea

      August 30, 2020 in French Polynesia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

      Den ersten Tag auf Moorea haben wir langsam angehen lassen und erstmal den kleinen Hotelpool getestet, da über die Mittagszeit ein starker Wind für hohe Wellen am Strand sorgte. Später ging es dann zu Fuß an den nahegelegenen langen Sandstrand zur ersten Schnorchel- und Baderunde. Den Abend lassen wir nun im Moorea Beach Café ausklingen und werden uns nachher mit gehöriger Bettschwere von den Wellengeräuschen in den Schlaf wiegen lassen.Read more

      Traveler

      Erholung pur

      8/31/20Reply
      Traveler

      Ich freue mich so für euch

      8/31/20Reply
      Traveler

      Wir freuen uns sehr, alles sehen zu dürfen und wünschen Euch Zwei eine schöne Zeit .

      8/31/20Reply
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