Rich and I had an AMAZING time in Australia. Our honeymoon was sweet as, well, honey. I know I always say it but I really am the freaking luckiest.
After our beautiful wedding, Rich and I spent our wedding night at the amazing Royal Palms Resort, thanks to the Oliverios and Zambellis. This resort is unreal, we had our own steam shower in our room. Our cute caterers gave Rich and I to-go meals. So, we checked in, ate, started to talk about all of the wedding details, and passed out two minutes into that topic.
That time really does fly by. Someone once told me not to blink, because you before you know it you will hear the clink… of glasses toasting the new Mr. Rich and Matt Warner. They were right. But those details are still fresh in my mind, as if it was yesterday.
That next morning we had breakfast and went to my parents house for the Mexican BBQ, a.k.a. Taco Cart. People stopped in on their way out of Phoenix to say goodbye, and we got the opportunity to chat a bit more with everyone. Here we also got some fun gifts, one from my parents, and the other from Shauna (with the help of some very tired elves): a book with pictures from the week’s events including the wedding They thought I would like a little something to look at during the honeymoon. Then, not even 24 hours after getting married, we were boarding a plane to sunny warm Australia.
Twenty-two hours and 3 planes later, we landed in Melbourne. We registered for the Marriott Honeymoon so all of our guest could get us different honeymoon treats: champagne, breakfast, activities. It was such a good idea.
Our room had a city view and was on a top floor, AWESOME!!! Rich and I fell in love with Melbourne. The people, and I mean all of them, were so incredible nice. We really loved submerging ourselves in their culture and living like true Assies for a bit.
We visited their museum, and set up a picnic while catching an after-dark movie in the Melbourne Botanical Garden. The movie was awesome; I mean, the popcorn and wine didn’t hurt — well maybe the wine hurt the next morning — but all in all, their Garden was gorgeous.
We were also able to catch a local singer in an after-dark concert in the Melbourne Zoo. Too bad we missed Missy Higgins the week before. But the girl who sang was so good. We did the river walk, which was probably our favorite. We also had the fun opportunity to connect with one of Rich’s old friends. But mostly we ate, and ate and ate and ate. But we DID NOT eat Kangaroo. We couldn’t bring ourselves to do it. Then, with little excitement, we boarded a plane and headed to Sydney. We had a hard time leaving Melbourne; by the end it felt like a home away from home.
Sydney caters more to tourists. It was an adjustment when we first arrived. It seemed as if everyone and their mother was in Sydney and we missed the quaint, quiet Melbourne. But things quickly picked up when we checked into our hotel suite right on the harbor.
Rich had reserved us one night in a big fancy suite to indulge in. We had access to the “executive floor”, which served free food and drinks. We also had our own living room with our own jacuzzi. We lived it up our first night really soaking up the luxury. But morning came and we planned on switching to a standard, however they extended our reservation to stay in the fancy suite for the rest of our stay. What? Luxury at an economy price? DONE!!! We definitely started to warm up to Sydney after that.
We took a bus to a recommended beach called Bondi. Well, if we were warming up before, after seeing Bondi Beach we were HOT for Sydney. This was the most beautiful beach we had ever been to. Not only that, but you could walk along the coast, over cliffs, and find yourself at another separate secluded beach. This is where Matt got his sunburn, which later turned into a gorgeous bronze tan. Not Rich though, SPF 20,000 really works.
We spent the entire day walking to all the beaches and swimming in the water. So the beaches alone won us over but wait: We spent the next day at the Zoo. Are you kidding me? This zoo was straight out of Jurassic Park. You have to take a ferry to what looks like its own private island. The entire thing is a zoo. Here is where we got to see kangaroos and koalas. We also had fun visiting the platypusary. This is also where we fell in love with a baby silverback gorilla. He actually fell in love with Rich. I wish I could have gotten my camera out faster because Rich and the baby chimp were face to face at the window sticking their tongues out at each other. I think we found our surrogate!!!
We had such a great time at the zoo. With the city in the horizon the zoo felt like an animal paradise. The next day we took another ferry to another beach called Manly and spent the day swimming and playing. Manly was a lot like California, very boardwalk. We settled down our last two nights and just strolled around the city. We walked across the Sydney bridge to gaze and take a deep breath and allow all of everything to sink in. Our last night we grabbed a drink and walked around the Sydney Opera House. Then, before we knew it, we were on a plane headed back to NYC.