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tanaRi travels: France!

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tanaRi events staff has had the privilege traveling to many beautiful countries and cities for both business & pleasure. We’d like to capture and share some of these special times in our new “tanaRi travels” blog series. Here we will share personal photos and favorite things-to-do/spots that can serve our readers advice for vacations, wedding destinations, bachelorette parties and/or honeymoons!
We loved experiencing the French country and would make a beautiful backdrop for a destination wedding! Here’s some of our must-see/eat/do things:
SIGHTSEEING
  • Ain-Ex-Provence is must do!
  • Visit Isle-sur-la-Sorgues (Sundays) to discover its famous antiques market.
  • The villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Roussillon (Market on Thursday) and Lourmarin to discover their differences, traditional boutiques, landscapes, colours, nature and gastronomy.
  • In the summertime, make a pit stop to the lavender fields of the Senanque Abbaye if Lavender fields are in bloom (June/July period).
  • Goult was fabulous and not too touristy. We recommend you walk all the way to the top for the wind mill. It was great for antiques & shopping for rustic & very authentic French designs!
  • Arles: discover its amphitheater and narrow streets just before going to the valley of the famous Pont du Gard, the impressive aqueduct of the prestigious and rich city of Nimes.
  • The fortified city of Avignon: check out the famous Bridge close to the huge Popes’s Palace. There’s a little park up behind the palace where you can capture great views.
  • Drive through Saint Remy and admire the Provence Vincent Van Gogh felt in love with.  That was one of our favorites.
  • Les Baux de Provence: you will capture the medieval atmosphere of one of the nicest perched villages in France.
FOOD  [Both in  Avignon]
http://www.la-mirande.fr/   [Also, serves as a beautiful hotel with church bell sounds and birds chirping, making for a wonderful backdrop to the quaint area.]
Get in touch with the restaurant about dining in their French kitchen, where you have the option  private dining for 14 guests in their ancient kitchen. [Also, perfect for a wedding rehearsal dinner!] Just let them know your dietary restrictions ahead of time.
Please enjoy some of the beautiful architecture & the charming elements of the French country!
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Honeymoon Locales: ARGENTINA

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What a view this is! After spending two weeks in a beautiful country full of breathtaking sunsets, delicious parillas and sipping on Malbec, we couldn’t help but think how perfect Argentina is for a honeymoon. Because of Argentina’s large size and climate disparity between North and South, there’s many activity options for all couples!

NOTE: the preferred time of year to visit is December – March as it’s their summer season.

See below for some of our favorite spots during our stay:

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MENDOZA – Known as Argentina’s main wine region, this city is full of beauty along with its tasty Malbec! Whether you enjoy your stay in center city or in vineyard areas, (Lujan de Cuyo or Uco Valley), there is something for everyone! One of our favorite meals was at Cavas Wine Lodge, (located in Lujan de Cuyo). It’s a hotel/restaurant/winery combination, which is perfect for a romantic getaway. While eating a candle-lit dinner, you get the gorgeous view of the vineyard and stunning sunset! Mendoza is also great for doing biking and vineyard tours, where you can enjoy wine, cheese, olive oil & more Argentinian delicacies! Added bonus: you’re almost always guaranteed warm weather!

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USHUAIA – This was the most unexpected, yet highlight of our trip! The area was first built by French settlers, so many people speak French and the city itself has various French influences. It reminded us of Quebec! Ushuaia is in one of most southern points of the country; It’s located in the Tierra del Fuego AKA ‘Fire Land’ and is a popular summer vacation destination for locals. On average, the temperature never reaches above 50 degrees Farenheit so make sure to pack appropriately with a jacket, hat and gloves!

It’s a small city, but there’s an array of delicious restaurants. (I’d recommend anywhere with seafood – crab, specifically they are most well known for.) Av. San Martin is a fun strip of touristy shops, cute restaurants and bars. Also, being near the water allows for adventurous activities for those seeking them out. Boat tours, mountain climbing, penguin watching are just a few of the many options at your disposal! All you do is go to Av. Maipu and visit the kiosks to book your reservations. For those who enjoy climbing, the weather can drop and deep in the mountains, you can expect rain and/or snow almost every day!

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BUENOS AIRES – Serving as the capital of the country, Buenos Aires is quite large and full of museums, parks, street art and Evita memorials! Each neighborhood in Buenos Aires has its own unique traits, so make sure to try and explore as many areas as you can. Many honeymooners stay in the Recoleta are, as it has all your 5-star hotels and up-scale restaurants & clothing shops.

The city is best known for its steak, polo, street art and tango shows. If you have the time, allow yourself to walk around the city with no specific plans. Eat breakfast in Palermo Hollywood, shop in Palermo Soho, visit the San Telmo Market (if you’re there on a Sunday) or see the Evita memorial at the Recoleta Cemetery. There’s an endless amount of options, but don’t get overwhelmed! If you don’t plan everything ahead of time – don’t panic! There’s usually open spaces for tango shows, street tours and museums every day.

Travel is never without a few details to be mindful of! From our experience, please consider these things when planning your trip:

  • Bring more cash with you! Vendors are often willing to give better deals when you can pay in international currency as the value of their dollar is low.
  • Learn some basic Spanish! People do speak English, but when you go into more local neighborhoods, their English is limited.
  • Pack for the weather! Depending on the cities you travel, you may need to pack for summer and winter. Ask your travel agent or research online for more details about the location based on time of year during your visit.

See below for some breathtaking photos of our stay – you will not be disappointed! Contact us for more information and how we can help.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons – Australia!

After seeing some of the most breathtaking beaches and landmarks during a recent visit to Australia, I only feel it fair to share these experiences with all of you. During the two weeks of traveling central/east coast of Australia, I discovered it was not only an amazing vacation getaway with your friends & family but perfect for wedding & post-wedding honeymoon celebrations! The private beaches, rainforest and sunsets are just a few of the unforgettable things you can share with your loved one. A few of our favorite spots included:

Cape Tribulation (Daintree Rainforest) – We recommend this to those who enjoy the outdoors! This requires a full day from Cairns or Port Douglas of which you must drive and take a boat through the rainforest (you’ll get a glimpse of baby and adult alligators as well as see some of the oldest trees to ever exist.) As you continue the drive up the rainforest, it is essential to make a stop at Cape Tribulation. Hidden behind the narrow windy roads and tall trees, this isolated beach typically attracts no more than 100 people at any given time. The views to the Great Barrier Reef are spectacular and give you full access to some of the other amazing sites.  The beach is mainly for sunbathing and surfing. In the evenings, you can take a sunset cruise which will keep give you even further access to the breathtaking sunsets and possible whale or sea turtle encounters! For those looking for a more private & isolated honeymoon experience, the Daintree Rainforest also has some  upscale & B&B-type accommodations in the depths of the rainforest.

Coogee & Bondi Beaches (Sydney) – when you think Australia, you associate it with the beach. A 20 minute drive or bus ride outside of central Sydney will take you to these hip towns & beaches that give Sydney its additional charm. If you’re spending some time in Sydney, you can take out one day to visit these beaches while enjoying the shopping & restaurants in either town. For those who want a little adventure, you can start in Coogee Beach and follow the trail along the edge of the rocks and soak in the amazing views of the waters. After you work up a little sweat (about an hour walk from Coogee to Bondi beach) you can take a dip in the waters. Following some beach time, you can choose from tons of restaurants along the beach and walk around the shops in town.

Hamilton Island (Whitsunday Islands) – is one of the 50+ islands of the Whitsunday Islands. It’s a vacation spot for both Aussies & outsiders alike and is a prime location for some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Getting from island to island is a quick ferry ride where you will experience beautiful & quaint beaches and waters. Getting to the beach & restaurants is a short walk or golf cart ride to your accommodations. As it’s a small island, there are a limited number of restaurants and night activities, but that can be made up with the various daytime activities including snorkeling, sailing, meeting koala & kangaroos or just simply lying on a beach (a visit to Whitehaven beach and the whitest sand in the world will have you never think the same way about beaches!) For more details, visit the Hamilton Island page.

Please reach out to tanaRi events for any questions, requests and/or recommendations!

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Honeymoon in New Zealand: Where Romance Meets Adventure!

If you are craving romance & adventure with your significant other, then New Zealand is the prime destination for a honeymoon!  There is always romance in the air with the beautiful landscapes and the gorgeous scenic drives; nothing beats its natural beauty.  And for the risk-taking couple, you can have a taste of adventure in Queenstown – the adrenaline capital of the world! New Zealand offers everything nature can provide: waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, sounds, mud pools, hot springs, saunas and much more!

Huka Fall (Photo Credit: Riri Patel)

We recommend you drive through the South Island & enjoy its scenic beauty.   Take a day trip to Akaroa, which sits at the edge of a beautiful harbor inside the crater of an extinct volcano! Spend a day in Lake Tekapo- enjoy a brisk walk with your mate along the lakefront & pack a picnic lunch for a romantic scenic experience. Looking for even more romance? You can take a star gazing tour at Mount John, rated one of the top places in the world.  This region is known for the clarity of the sky & freedom from light pollution so you will be able to see gorgeous shining stars in all their pristine beauty.  If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot a planet or two!

Akaora (Photo Credit: Riri Patel)

Mount Cook (Photo Credit: Riri Patel)

Lake Tekapo (Photo Credit: Riri Patel)

If you’re in the mood to experience something more wild & exciting, visit Queenstown, home of the bungee! Here you can enjoy plenty of activities such as bungee, sky diving, hand gliding, white water rafting, zip trekking & canoeing, a body-moving activity where you climb, swim, scramble, float, abseil, & jump into various bodies of water within a canyon. I guarantee this town will offer you the most adventurous and challenging activities you will ever do!

Skydiving in Queenstown (Photo Credit: NZone)

Once you have finished the drive through South Island, you can unwind by enjoying all the nightlife Auckland has to offer.  You can take a quick 1-hour flight and check in at the Langham hotel, which has a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future…just like our newlywed couple.  Take a 3-hour journey to Lake Taupo where you can relax by the lake & enjoy some quite time with each other. While you’re here, make sure you visit the hot springs in Rotarou, which has thermal hot pools & mud pools.

Hot Springs (Photo Credit: Shuba Mohan)

We see New Zealand as the perfect place to begin the rest of your life together.  It’s compact size lets you experience landscapes, beaches, lakes and more all in one day!  This is the premier destination where you can just focus on experiencing your new love together and challenge and confirm your strength as a couple.  If you need help planning your honeymoon, feel free to contact us so we can help you plan your big day & your honeymoon.

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