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Maldives baby


Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before – Dalai Lama

Travel is my dream and my dream is to travel the world. I guess it’s contagious or maybe in the genes; My adventurous boys love traveling too and i really find a pleasure in their enjoyment. They take the trip to the next level and change my perspective.

For Nady (3 years) it’s his third adventure, and the first for Joud (6 months), without counting the many trips back and forth between Lebanon and Qatar. I told you we like to live in a suitcase, and Antoun likes it 🙂

The decision to go to Maldives was taken on the spur of the moment. My mom was leaving back home (after 3 months with us), so we decided to wrap up her journey en beauté, and go all together with my brother and his family. Lets go for some sun and fun!

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People find us crazy to go to such a romantic place with kids, i told you, kids change your perspective toward things. It’s still a romantic destination to chill and relax, but if you look at it from my eyes it’s also a enriching trip for the kids; Who said kids don’t admire beauty or don’t need such a heavenly environment where the vivid colors are so enchanting.

Your kids are what you teach them and expose them to. Last year we went for an adventure to sri lanka, to discover and see things that Nady used to see only in books. This year, with our new addition, Joud, we were sure that Maldives is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the nature masterpieces, the family and escape from the cold to benefit from the sun and get extra vitamin D.

maldives 3maldives 5maldives 4maldives 6maldives 77Maldives is an island country in the Indian ocean, it is a long and narrow country formed by 26 natural atolls. The origin of the word atoll itself is in the language of the Maldives, is now used in many languages worldwide designating a ring-shaped coral reef cluding a coral rim that encircles a lagoon partially or completely. The capital and largest city is Malé, traditionally called the kings island.

We were in Meeru Island resort and spa, on the island of Meerufenfushi, North Malé Atoll. It’s the only resort on this island stretching over 1200 meters long by 350 meters wide. It’s a beautiful resort of a turquoise lagoon, white sand beach and palm trees.

The Maldivian hospitality is a must mention, we had a warm welcome and a great friendly and prompt service throughout our stay.

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You can choose to either chillax under the sun or go for some water activities. Whether you are an adventurous traveler or just seeking relaxation you can enjoy:

  • sea cruising
  • diving
  • water skiing
  • kite boarding
  • banana boating
  • fishing
  • island hopping
  • taking photos
  • live cooking
  • spa
  • laying on the beach and catching tan

In our case we spent a lot of time at the beach and by the pool, enjoying our kids happiness, we roamed around the island for some memorable photos and enjoyed the Maldivian and international food and drinks.

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Always looking forward to the next voyage 🙂

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The 65610 shades of green Sinhala – Sri Lanka part 3

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Bentota is a coastal town, located in the South of Sri Lanka. It is a tourist attraction, and a destination for water sports mainly surfing.

The beach was more amazing than i can describe. It’s a shame we didn’t spend at least 4 days there to get enough of it. But within our two days we managed to have lots of fun with Nady who was really a fantastic traveler!Nady

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“Travel brings love and power into your life” – Rumi

It’s absolutely true, we had a quality time as a family and created memories that will never be forgotten.

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Bentota has a see turtle farm and hatchery, Kosgoda Where you can see five species of turtles-Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) and Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). The eggs collected by the Villagers and Fishermen are purchased by the Kosgoda Hatchery and kept in sandy pens until they are hatched. The newly hatched ones are kept in seawater tanks and released to the sea in the night. This Hatchery alone has released more then 1,750,000 young turtles to the sea. An endowment by the Hasselblad Estate was responsible for the establishment of this hatchery.

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The last thing we did before saying good bye to Bentota and Sri lanka is a boat safari by the madu river, the most beautiful lagoon of the southern Province of Sri Lanka. It is situated in Balapitiya within the Galle District . It opens to the Indian Ocean. We started our trip from captain’s boat house:

madu river safarimadu river safari madu river safariThere was several stops in the river, the first one was to the island of Mada Duwa (Cinnamon Island). When we arrived at the island’s wooden pier there was a number of fish spa pools, people sitting and dangling their feet in the river as hundreds of small fish eat their dead skin.  We took few steps to enter the island. We were invited to sit under a thatched shelter while a local man showed us how to strip the bark from a cinnamon branch. Then told us about the numerous uses and benefits of cinnamon and showed us how to make sections of thatched roofing from coconut leaves. When leaving and at the end of the pier there was baby alligators if you want to pose for a picture holding one. Personally i skipped this one, fearing any bad could happen to my kid!

madu river safari madu river safari madu river safariIMG_2779madu river safariThe next stop was for the island  temple of Kothduwa Rajamaha Viharaya. We were given a tour of the temple then we met a monk.

madu river safari madu river safari madu river safari madu river safariIt was an exciting safari, Nady actually made it so joyable and fun with his cute reactions to things he used to see only in books!

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In antiquity, Sri Lanka was known to travelers by a variety of names. Known in India as Lanka or Sinhala,  ancient Greek geographers called it Taprobane and Arabs referred to it as Serendib (the origin of the word serendipity) and Portuguese gave it the name Cellao translated to Ceylon in english.

Sri Lanka the land of lions is the paradise on earth . The beauty of the isle lies not just in its blue and golden beaches, evergreen  jungles, beautiful  mountains or waterfalls but also in its remarkable authenticity.

Here is the new comer to my precious collection. A milestone reached, more yet to come….

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Stay tuned to Sri Lanka part 4…