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The Grad Finale – Part II

The day after the wedding my sister hosted a brunch for us and all of our guests. It was another lovely day where we hung out in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the prior day. We ended the day swimming ocean side at Christine’s Aunt Marg’s cottage. The cottage is an amazing place that Christine and now Dave love. A great end to a great weekend!

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

An easy afternoon by the water

An easy afternoon by the water

A very cool place to relax and swim

A very cool place to relax and swim

On Monday all the Moore’s packed into their rental cars and headed to Prince Edward Island. It took a couple of hours to get to the ferry and then a few hours on the other side to get to the White Sands Cabins. We expected the pristine and well manicured property that is PEI but instead got the leftovers after a huge music festival that happened over the weekend. However we made the best of it and the bright side was there were no other guests!

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Our short time on PEI was filled with exploring the National Park and beaches, checking out Anne of Green Gables and eating and drinking in abundance. Lots of lobster, steak, scallops, Cow’s ice cream, along with some beverages in front of a camp fire. A great time was had by all!

We made it back to Halifax and then the departures of our family began. It was sad to see everyone leave and know that our Halifax wedding festivities were drawing to an end. However we did have more wedding celebrations to look forward to back in Melbourne! We had many departure dinners and lots of goodbyes (of course we missed some people!) before flying out on July 14.

At the airport, all ready to go

At the airport, all ready to go

We arrived in Melbourne and got geared up for our party on Saturday night. Christine and Dave even had friends fly in from Perth and Vietnam to help us celebrate! The party was at Agent 284 which is a cool bar/restaurant downtown in Melbourne. We had a private area and our own bar and we think everyone had a really good time! The wedding planners for this party were Dave’s parents and they did a super duper job.

Party time in Melbourne

Party time in Melbourne

Good times

Good times

with good friends

with good friends

The last week in Melbourne was filled with dinners, meet ups and lots of food and drink. We got to visit with lots of friends and family and even managed a winter bike ride on the rail trails. This made it very obvious that we need to get back in to the hiking and biking and a bit less of the eating and drinking!

Making pizza bases together

Making pizza bases together

Out biking with the parents - who left us in their dust

Out biking with the parents – who left us in their dust

Lovely family dinners

Lovely family dinners at home

And dinners out!

and dinners out!

and more dinners with good friends

and more dinners with good friends

and  their adorable kids

and their adorable kids

Exploring around Torquay

Exploring around Torquay

Loving a blue sky day

Loving a blue sky day

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

We wish to thank everyone who participated and helped us celebrate our wedding, our big grand finale to our trip. It was a very fitting way to end such a great year and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone. A special thanks to our parents, Marg, our sisters and brothers who are so important to us everyday but especially on our big day. We couldn’t have imagined the day without any of them. Your help, generosity and time over the last month is greatly appreciated.

We are currently back in Singapore and trying to come to grips with the end of our amazing year and a half of travel and fun. It has been a wonderful adventure full of awesome experiences. And most importantly, we shared an incredible time in our lives together that we will always remember. People have told us that if we can survive in our little van for a year we can survive anything! Well bring it on!

Enjoying the delights of Singapore  - chilli crab - YUM

Enjoying the delights of Singapore – chilli crab – YUM

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

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Checking out the new sights of Singapore

Checking out the new sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

We are now gearing up for our next adventure – DUBAI!!! Let the next adventure begin! This one however involves working and getting back to the 9-5 routine. It also involves getting paid which is a necessity after such a wonderful year.

Thanks for reading our blog and following us on this great journey. We hope to do it again sometime. We’ll keep you posted…

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The Grand Finale – Part I

It has been almost 2 months since our last blog. And man, we sure have done a lot in that time!

After our arrival back to Christine’s home town of Halifax in Canada, we finalized all of the wedding plans. There wasn’t actually too much to do as Christine’s parents were superstar Wedding Planners and had booked, confirmed and done everything prior to our arrival! It made everything so easy.

The following week, August 13th, Dave’s parents arrived all the way from Melbourne, Australia. After a weekend of introductions to the Berrigan’s and some time to recover from jet lag, we took them off on a 2 week trip around Nova Scotia in the trailer/caravan we borrowed from Christine’s parents.

Our parents together at Peggy's Cove

Our parents together at Peggy’s Cove

The gents enjoying the view

The gents enjoying the view

Set up in one of the great national parks

Set up in one of the great national parks

Enjoying a mussel dinner by the ocean

Enjoying a mussel dinner by the ocean. We’ve done this before!

We had great weather and managed to see lots of the beautiful Nova Scotia coastline and parks. However, even with brand new cars and top notch maintenance, things can go wrong. On our 3rd day after we stopped for lunch in Bridgetown, we had absolutely no brakes.

Our vehicle being taken for repairs.

Our vehicle being taken for repairs.

The amazing thing was how straightforward it was to remedy the situation. A quick call to CAA, an easy tow to the dealer, a replacement vehicle and all of this in english! It was all very easy and the only issue was that we weren’t able to sleep in the trailer so had to get a hotel for the night. A treat for us who had been sleeping in a tent!

The second week in the trailer Christine returned to home to continue with wedding preparations and Dave went along with his parents to Cape Breton for another week of sunshine and fun.

Dave's parents exploring Cape Breton

Dave’s parents exploring Cape Breton

Local wildlife in Cape Breton

Local wildlife in Cape Breton

Hiking by the river

Hiking by the river

The wedding week officially kicked off with the arrival of Dave’s oldest brother and his wife, Steve and Sue. They had a challenging time getting there with delays and flight mix ups, but arrived full of energy and enthusiasm. This started the influx of international guests including Dave’s younger brother and girlfriend Rob and Katie, Christine’s older brother and girlfriend, Richard and Elaine. By Wednesday all our family had arrived and were divided among Christine’s families homes. The week was filled with lobster dinners, seafood chowder, brewery tours, visiting Peggy’s Cove, touring around the Eastern Shore and of course last minute wedding stuff. The Berrigan’s and Moore’s got along swimmingly and all worked well together to make it a wonderful, memorable and very special time.

Dave preparing the house for visitors

Dave preparing the house for visitors

Great BBQ weather

Great BBQ weather

Outdoor family dinners

Outdoor family dinners

Great afternoons at Marg's cottage by the water

Great afternoons at Marg’s cottage by the water

Nova Scotian lobsters were a great hit!

Nova Scotian lobsters were a great hit!

and enjoyed by all!

and enjoyed by all!

Enjoying local beers and pizza

Enjoying local beers and pizza

Checking out the local beaches

The Moore’s checking out the local beaches

Practice run the night before the wedding

Practice run the night before the wedding

Socializing with friends and family before the wedding

Socializing with friends and family before the wedding

The wedding day was especially wonderful. Halifax was having a uncharacteristically hot and humid week of beautiful weather and this continued for the wedding on Saturday, July 6th. Poor Dave in his suit, vest and tie was a little puddle of sweat in the church but survived with a big smile on his face. Christine arrived to the church on time with her entourage and walked down the aisle with her parents. It was a simple but meaningful wedding ceremony thanks to the excellent Reverend who accomplished this in the hot and stifling church.

Our wedding

Our wedding

The happy couple

The happy couple

After the ceremony we took some pictures at the Public Gardens and then carried on to the reception which was at daMaurizio’s restaurant.

Christine looking stunning!

Christine looking stunning!

Both of our families at the wedding

Both of our families at the wedding

The best part was being greeted with the Moore-tini’s that were served on arrival. This was then followed by a 5 course meal and then cake. A feast for sure! We ended the night after the restaurant closed by going to a local Irish bar for one last drink with the hard core guests who were left standing. It was an awesome day!

Enjoying Moore-tinins before dinner

Enjoying Moore-tinins before dinner

A great night being had by all

A great night being had by all

Enjoying a post wedding drink

Enjoying a post wedding drink

The Moore's recovering post wedding

The Moore’s recovering post wedding

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Utah…Revisited!

Travels through Utah

Travels through Utah

We’ve had a great last couple of weeks. Utah is such a cool state with so many interesting parks and odd geology and geography. We did a little circuit of a lot of the National Parks including Zion, Capitol Reef,  The Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods and the Grand Canyon (North Rim this time).

The Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park

Looking down onto the formations in Bryce cayon Looking down onto the formations in Bryce Canyon

The Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park
Exploring some red rock canyons

Exploring some red rock canyons

Dave on top of a natural arch

Dave on top of a natural arch

We had a little hire car and mostly camped in our tent but did take a hotel break every few days. Sleeping in a tent is not nearly as nice as Ginger with her nice comfy bed…. We do miss the old girl!

Camping - Not nearly as nice without Ginger-Lee.

Camping – Not nearly as nice without Ginger-Lee.

The weather was also pretty good except for some really cold nights and wind.

Amazing and huge natural formations

Amazing and huge natural formations

Christine scrambling up red rocks

Christine scrambling up red rocks

Great views from on top

Great views from on top

Finding beauty in a harsh environment (it's easier when you bring her with you!)

Finding beauty in a harsh environment (it’s easier when you bring her with you!)

Natural arches and bridges aplenty

Natural arches and bridges aplenty

Great skylines

Great skylines

Even double arches!

Even double arches!

and some snow capped peaks as well!

and some snow capped peaks as well!

Wow - another arch!

Wow – another arch!

We did do a hike most days on some very beautiful trails like this one

We did do a hike most days on some very beautiful trails like this one

A great vista over the canyons

A great vista over the canyons

A panorama of one canyon (click for full size view)

A panorama of one canyon (click for full size view)

Monument Valley (click for full size panorama)

Monument Valley (click for full size panorama)

Exploring in Monument Valley

Exploring in Monument Valley

From the canyon floor

From the canyon floor

Herds of Bison in the Park (Grand Canyon)

Herds of bison in the Park (Grand Canyon)

On the edge of 'The Big One!'

On the edge of ‘The Big One!’

On the edge of 'The Big One!'

On the edge of ‘The Big One!’

We headed back to Las Vegas a few days before flying out to relax and get some errands done; ie Christine’s wedding dress fitting! We stayed just off the strip and only went for a wander on it to see the sights the last night. It was smokin hot with highs of over 40ºC everyday! We hung out by the pool or in our A/C apartment most of the time.

We flew back to Halifax on June 6th. We had a great welcoming committee, eventually, as our flight did arrive a tad early and no one was there!

In Halifax with the welcoming committee

In Halifax with the welcoming committee

But when they did get there there were flowers, Bride-To-Be badge plus a lot of our favourite people. Our welcome dinner was an awesome lobster dinner – yum!

About to rip into some fresh lobster

About to rip into some fresh lobster

Since getting back here we’ve gotten ourselves organized and are now getting excited for the arrival of Dave’s parents at the end of this week! Can’t wait.

This weeks banner - Christine(s) in The Valley of the Gods

This weeks banner – Christine(s) in The Valley of the Gods

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