From spontaneous vaporetto trips down the canal to touring the temples of Angkor, these local couples share stories of blissful travels around the world.
Caroline Ryan and Peter Cunningham
Date of honeymoon: July 20–August 2, 2013
Date of wedding: July 19, 2013
Destination: Paris, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
Stayed: Caroline and Peter visited many places in Europe, but their favorite hotel was the Casa dei Tintori Bed and Breakfast in Florence.
Best meal: Spaghetti with mussels in red sauce and a plate of calamari while in Venice.
Best view: The last morning in Florence, they woke up early and sprinted to the top of the Duomo to see the whole city beneath them.
Best moment: “We walked out of our hotel room in Venice, walked to the closest vaporetto stop, and got on. We didn’t know where we were headed, but we ended up at Lido, a beach adjacent to Venice’s main island,” Caroline says.
Splurge: Prints they purchased in Paris and a framed etching of Duomo in Florence.
Katy McMurry and Jon Brennan
Date of honeymoon: December 25, 2012–January 9, 2013
Date of wedding: September 8, 2012
Stayed: A floating tent in a national park, an organic peppercorn plantation, and a colonial hotel in Phnom Penh.
Best meal: “The local specialty is crab in a green peppercorn sauce. It was so amazing that we went back the next day to eat it again,” Katy says.
Best view: After climbing hundreds of steps at Angkor Wat Temple, they could see hundreds of miles of jungle and temples.
Best moment: Katy and Jon spent New Year’s Eve at a floating lodge on the river in their own luxury tents where Jon surprised Katy with a romantic dinner.
Splurge: While in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, they stayed at the historic Raffles Hotel le Royal.
Jeanette McClellan and Eric Richardson
Date of honeymoon: April 16–30, 2014
Date of wedding: April 12, 2014
Destination: Greece; Athens, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, Aegina, Santorini
Stayed: Straying from the norm, Jeanette and Eric opted to stay on a 41-foot Beneteau Oceanis yacht while hopping from island to island.
Best meal: Eric loved slow-cooked pork belly sous vide with mashed potatoes and mustard-orange glaze.
Best view: “Greece is full of amazing views,” Jeanette says. “Every direction you look there is something new to see. Endless sea, gorgeous architecture, crisp white and blue-capped buildings.”
Best moment: Jeanette and Eric shared a meal with people from four different countries they met while docked in Hydra.
Splurge: “We capped off our trip in a gorgeous honeymoon suite complete with private indoor plunge pool overlooking Santorini’s caldera,” Jeanette says.