Thursday, 17 June 2010

Honeymoon in Sardinia

Today is our wedding anniversary! Alan and I married on the 17th June 2006.

A week after our wedding, we flew to Olbia in Sardinia (Italy) for our honeymoon.
We stayed in lovely little place called Porto Rafael in North Sardinia.

Porto Rafael

Porto Rafael

The view from our accommodation. A breathtaking site to wake up to in the mornings!

Before it would get too hot in the mornings, we would go for a swim at one of the local beaches. It was a small & very quiet beach, no hoards of tourists, bliss! The sea was so clear. On one occasion we got caught out when a storm started (see bottom left picture) It was fun swimming in the pouring rain.

During our two week holiday, we explored the main island as well as neighbouring islands.
We took a ferry to La Maddelena archipelago just off Sardinia. Towards the end of the afternoon, the beach emptied until we eventually had it all to ourselves. We stayed to watch the sunset go down into the sea.

On another day, we drove to Porto Cervo, the St Tropez of Sardinia. It has a marina filled with yachts, restaurants, several beautiful boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Missoni and other well known designers. I like the architecture & colours of the shopping area.

Santa Theresa is a very colourful place. After having a lovely seafood lunch we went for a stroll by the sea. Before returning back to Porto Rafael, we had an ice cream. Something that we did most days, each time trying out a different flavour. Undoubtedly, Italian ice cream is the best in the world!!! So creamy and full of flavour. The best ones where to be found in Palau, not far from Porto Rafael.

Before we left for Sardinia, Miss P made this really sweet drawing for us to take on honeymoon. It was not easy leaving Miss P behind for the two weeks but I knew that she would be in good hands. My parents kindly stayed at our house and looked after her.

Porto Rafael is a beautiful resort, it has: Crystal clear seas, no lager louts, quiet beaches, beautiful scenery, good food, not over run by tourists, a night time market in nearby Palau and a wonderful atmosphere... Plenty going for it!

We had a wonderful honeymoon there and look forward to going back. We would definitely stay in Porto Rafael again.

Alan has taken the day off today and is going to take me out for a meal to celebrate our anniversary ;-)

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


Lori said...

what a glorious place to honeymoon...congratulation on your anniversary Isabelle and Alan!!!

Bayside Moments said...

Hi Isabelle, what an amazing place you chose to have your honeymoon. I love the drawing from Miss P - special memories for you all to treasure and cherish. Best wishes.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

How incredible! As you know I got married this year and my honeymoon was child's fifth birthday party! I definitely prefer you more civilised way of doing things. The colours in the photos are just divine and I love the photograph of you and Alan. You both look like film stars. Pink looks wonderful on you I imagine it would have been hard to leave that beautiful daughter behind. My Daisy is still telling everyone that she married David this year!
Have a beautiful day together love birds. Thanks for your message, Isabelle. I am writing back. xx

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Alan! This certainly looks like the perfect place to honeymoon! I have never been to Sardinia but would love to go one day. I must agree that the gelato in Italy is spectacular! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and telling us about your fabulous honeymoon!

Rural Revival said...

What a beautiful and romantic location. Happy Anniversary!


donna baker said...

Beautiful...I knew nothing about Sardinia. Congratulations.

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Happy Anniversary Isabelle. What beautiful pictures. Have a wonderful time celebrating your special day. Betty xxx

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Dear Isabelle,
enjoy your special day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary dear Isabelle!

KC'sCourt! said...

Happy wedding anniversary Isabelle. What a beautiful place to spend your honeymoon.
Julie xxxxxxx

Madelief said...

Hi Suzy,

Congratulations on your anniversary! I have never been to Sardinie, but it looks like a beautiful place to me. Thank you for taking us along. Another beautiful Island to put on our wish list!

Happy weekend!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Hen said...

Happy Anniversary, Isabelle and Alan. I hope you have a lovely meal.
Hen x

a mermaids purse said...

congratulations sweet heart ;0)
what a beautiful plce to spend a romantic honey moon- such stunning images the stuff dreams are made of ;0)xxxx love miss p drawings!!

sitting oh so pretty said...

Congratulations to you both!!!! Sounds like you also had a wonderful honemoon full of beautiful memories. Especially in Italy!! Sooooo romantic. Hope you get to go back there. I stayed in Lake Garda a couple of years ago and that was gorgeous. xxxxxx

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary. Hope you have a lovely day today.
Lisa x

di bianco e d'azzurro said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
The Sardinia is a wonderful place and i wish for you a lovely honeymoon!!!
Hugs Annamaria

Enitram said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!! A wonderful honeymoon and marvellous "billet" to talk about the "Sardaigne"

Les Cotrions said...

Happy anniversary Isabelle!!!! Nice to read you had your honeymoon in my country! Hope you'll come back to Italy!
Have a nice and romantic day!

Florence and Mary said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sardina looks wonderful.

Victoria xx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

What beautiful memories and photographs... will you go back one day for an anniversary visit?

x Alex

Mummy Boo Bear said...

What a beautiful place to honeymoon in ! Just loved that picture Of the orange sunset and (you?) in the sea watching it. It looked just very magical.

Happy anniversary! and it certainly puts Bodmin in Cornwall in the shade! lol well it was so very near christmas. We do occaisonally say that one day we will do a tropical island holiday. But you have to get me on a plance first! lol.

Hope you have wonderful day and get to see many more wonderful golden sunsets and sunrises together for many years to come.


ted and bunny said...

Happy anniversary- wedding days are so special.
We got married in 1995, 4 days after Christmas and pretty well everything that could go wrong did go wrong, including life-threatening illness and a death in our family!
It had always upset me as I'd so wanted a fabulous day, that last summer Ted and I had our marriage blessed in our tiny country church.
We walked to church, it was just the two of us and our vicar, I wore a long flowery dress and my best friend picked my bouquet from her garden.
Our day was PERFECT!!
Enjoy your day

Diva Kreszl said...

happy anniversary! thanks for sharing the photos of such a beautiful place!

Lynda said...

Happy anniversary!! What BEAUTIFULL pictures!!! Especially the pictures from the sunset...the colors are amazing!!!!


cowparsley said...

Happy Anniveresry Isabelle. What a beautiful and wonderful place. I so hope you get to visit it again.

Have a lovely evening

bellaboo said...

Many,many congratulations to you both!
Your honeymoon destination looked perfect and I just had a little look at your post from last year...and what a beautiful bride you were Isabelle,and a very handsome husband you have there!

Bellaboo :0)

My Grannies Attic said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!
Your photos of your honeymoon are stunning.
It is mine and Matthew's 10th Wedding Anniversary in August - I cannot believe it is that long - time has gone so quickly.
Kerry xxxx

Catherine said...

beautiful place, beautiful pics! happy anniversary! catherine

Hesta Nesta said...

Happy anniversary - what a fabulous place to spend your honeymoon in - looks really romantic.
Jo xx

recklessbliss said...

Wow Happy Anniversary! You have an amazing life. I would love to travel anywhere, I've never been out of my own country (Canada). Congrats on 13 years! Drop by my blog sometime for a little girl chat!