Travel

By AnnMarie Marano

Here are a few ideas if you’re stumped on where to spend that all important week or two with your newfound partner in life. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous get-away or a dreamy, relaxing ambience, we’ve got some locales that will get the brain-storming session between you and your sweetie well under way.

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India
Take a seven night journey through the State of Maharashtra in India on the Deccan Odyssey Train. Now taking reservations for its new season to begin in October, the Deccan Odyssey departs every Wednesday from the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai (Bombay) between the months of October and April. The train travels the Deccan Plateau and refers to the following schedule:
Day 1: Wednesday: Mumbai (Bombay): 4:40pm departure from C.S.T.
Day 2: Thursday: Ratnagiri – Ganpatipule
Day 3: Friday: Sindhudurg – Tarkarli – Sawantwadi
Day 4: Saturday: Goa
Day 5: Sunday: Kholapur – Pune
Day 6: Monday: Aurangabad – Ellora caves
Day 7: Tuesday: Ajanta Caves – Nasik
Day 8: Wednesday: Arrival in Mumbai (Bombay) at 8:00am

Passengers awake to a refreshing breakfast to begin their full day of unforgettable excursions and sightseeing. An afternoon boat-ride through the mangroves of the Tarkarli backwaters is included in the journey, as well as visits to Bibi-ka-Maqbara (a 17th Century replica of the Taj Mahal), Daulatabad Fort and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the famous Ellora Caves and the Ajanta Caves.

There is also a three-night journey available, departing from Mumbai (Bombay) and ending in Goa. Prices for the 7-night journey range from $240 per night, per person for standard accommodations to $700 a night per person for the Presidential Suite. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.maharashtratourism.gov.in.

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Copan, Honduras
by Jamie Gripich

Yes, we know – when you think honeymoon, you don’t exactly think “Honduras.” But Copan, a town in the northwest of the country will win over your heart with its charm. Read on to find out more:

The sound of marimba music rises up off of the cobblestone streets and mixes with the aroma of street vendor cooking and the voices of townspeople sharing the day in the town plaza – it’s a “typical” day in Copan, the heart of activity in north western Honduras.
Copan’s narrow streets, brightly colored buildings, numerous cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops is a lively example of rural Honduras mixed with the hustle and bustle of a larger town. It’s a picturesque, spot set against low rising mountains. And it’s an artistic town. In the time of the Maya, Copan was the Paris of the day – the artistic hub of the Maya world.

By the mid 1940´s the family of Doà±a Marina decided to construct a modest, yet comfortable lodge. The Hotel Marina Copan, named in honor of Doà±a Marina, is a beautiful, quaint, elegant and romantic jewel strategically located in the heart of downtown Copan. Beautiful mountain views and magnificent cuisine are the ingredients for a perfect Old World getaway. For more info, visit www.hotelmarinacopan.com.

Copan is an interesting mix of ancient tradition mixed with new world savvy. It is a humble, safe and secure place with a prideful past. It is a society whose old world charm can still be experienced in a world that has become all together too similar.

You can get to Copan easily by air as the closest airport in San Pedro Sula is regularly served by major international airlines with direct flights from Miami, Houston and Los Angeles. Other airports are in Guatemala City, Guatemala – 4 hours drive and San Salvador, El Salvador – 4.5 hours drive.

Charter service can be arranged to Copan’s airstrip. Rental cars are available at the airports and buses travel regularly from San Pedro Sula and other major cities.

Luxe Life Honeymoon
By Tallulah DuMonde

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When you think about your honeymoon, and the thought of off-road vehicles and mosquito nets leaves you feeling less than libidinous, you’re probably a luxury honeymoon sorta girl. So you’ll want to book your first class tickets to Paris, for a taste of luxe l’amour that only the French could provide.

The Hotel de Crillon is a stunning palace from the 18th century. It’s locted on the Place de la Concorde, which is in the heart of the city of love. That means all the shopping (hello Hermes!), museums (Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa), and food (crème brulee is an aphrodesiac) is right at your back door.

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The hotel was recently redesigned, with a little help from Sony Rykiel, but with Madame Pompadour as her inspiration, the décor has been kept in the ostentatious style of Louis XV, just the way a pampered pet like yourself likes it. If you’re really going for it, the Leonard Bernstein and Louis XV suites have terraces and amazing views of The Eiffel Tower. You can sip mimosas across the table from your beloved at your private terrace breakfast while enjoying the view of Paris’ pride and joy, or indulge in a little late night bubble bath a deux, as you contemplate the bedazzlement of the Tower’s 21st century light show.

The Hotel de Crillon offers personalized service to ensure that guests are given absolute privacy, or that every need is met to your liking. How much more luxurious could you get, I ask? C’est magnifique!

Originally published June 2007
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