Thursday, February 11, 2016

honeymoon in st. andrews.

Honeymoon at The Algonquin, St. Andrews NB

Dinner at Savour in the Garden, St. Andrews NB

Dinner at Savour in the Garden, St. Andrews NB
Mmm, lobster cappuccino.

Dinner at Savour in the Garden, St. Andrews NB

Honeymoon at The Algonquin, St. Andrews NB
Proof I didn't take enough photos: I didn't even get a photo of the hotel in daylight. 

Honeymoon at The Algonquin / St. Andrews, NB

St. Andrews, NB
Fun game: Walking around, admiring beautiful homes, guessing how much they would cost if we decided to move to St. Andrews. 

St. Andrews, NB

Whale Watching on the Jolly Breeze / St. Andrews, NB

Whale Watching on the Jolly Breeze / St. Andrews, NB

Whale Watching on the Jolly Breeze / St. Andrews, NB

Whale Watching on the Jolly Breeze / St. Andrews, NB

Lobster Dinner / St. Andrews, NB

Lobster Dinner / St. Andrews, NB

Lobster Dinner / St. Andrews, NB

Ice Cream / St. Andrews, NB

St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Harbour Front Restaurant / St. Andrews, NB
It was cold on the waterfront, so we ended up spontaneously buying matching sweatshirts. I pretended not to like them, but not-so-secretly was thrilled.

Harbour Front Restaurant / St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB
I'm okay with schmoopy kissy photos when it comes to honeymoons.

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB
My husband is hotter than yours ;) 

Honeymoon in St. Andrews, NB

Sunset / St. Andrews, NB

Sunset / St. Andrews, NB

Deer in St. Andrews, NB
T had seen a friend's photo of a deer in St. Andrews and on our last day there, he said, almost angrily, "I still haven't seen any deer!" I was in the middle of explaining that deer don't just go wandering around town all the time, so a deer sighting isn't guaranteed, when TWO DEER JUST WALKED OUT IN FRONT OF US! T looked at me like, "See?" Ha!

Honeymoon at The Algonquin / St. Andrews, NB
Room service—a guaranteed way to feel fancier than one really is.

Almost 7 months ago, T and I went on a short 3-day honeymoon in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. We decided on this particular destination and timeframe for a few reasons:

1) With planning a wedding + getting married + all the "real life" stuff that needed to happen + + +, we decided on a shorter honeymoon so we'd have more time to spend with friends and family; after all, T and I live with each other in Beijing, and I only get to see my Canadian people in the summer.

2) We wanted to save money. Just like our thoughts on weddings, we agreed that honeymoons don't necessarily have to mean spending a ton.

3) Pretty much anywhere we went in Canada would be new to Tony and would have fun things for both of us to do.

4) We're lucky that unlike many people, we get a large amount of time off and are pretty much guaranteed to visit at least one new country each year (for example, we visited Cambodia last year and Indonesia this year), so there was less pressure to choose the "perfect" honeymoon destination.

So St. Andrews it was! We stayed at The Algonquin and while I would definitely recommend staying there, we booked a patio room and both agreed that the extra cost wasn't worth it. If we visited again, we'd just book a regular room.

I didn't take nearly enough photos, but then again, I think this indicates success at quality time spent together. Neither T nor I spent very much time on our phones, and because they're our cameras... We truly just enjoyed our time together, relishing each moment, as cliché as that sounds.

Highlights included dinner at Savour in the Garden*, friends surprising us with a bottle of champagne at the dinner, whale watching on the Jolly Breeze, playing board games in the gallery at the hotel, late night drinks on the veranda, coffee at Honeybeans, seeing deer while we were walking home, matching sweatshirts, lobster(!). Really, we just enjoyed spending our days wandering around, relaxing, and eating as much seafood as possible.

T and I agreed we would love to visit again someday, maybe for an anniversary.

*I had to add a special note about our dinner at Savour in the Garden: It was highly recommended to us by friends, but T really wasn't crazy about spending $72 each plus drinks on a meal. He grumbled a bit even as the first course was served, We're paying so much money for this little food?! I'm still going to be hungry when dinner is done! And then we tasted the food and were blown away! And after 6 courses, we were stuffed (I couldn't even finish dessert)! This really was my favourite experience of our whole honeymoon. We both discovered a love for "fancy" food; T discovered a love for champagne; and while I was a little nervous and unsure of which utensil to use for each course, it turned out T is a pro! So fun!

P.S. All posts related to our wedding, including our untraditional reception and our Chinese wedding.

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