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Jodie Darnell & Stephen Thompson

Our Story

One of the interests Jodie and Stephen share is the love of travel. During the early days of their relationship, they spent many a date just swapping travel stories. Stephen has visited much of Africa while Jodie spent most of her travel time in Central and South America. Together, they have traveled to Ghana, Togo, Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada. They have also done their fair share of traveling within the United States! Jodie and Stephen are thrilled to explore Malta on their honeymoon which will be a new country to both of them. They also plan to spend one night in Amsterdam on the way home to New York. 

Our Honeymoon

Destination(s): Malta , Gozo, Amsterdam

We plan to spend the first half of our trip exploring the main island of Malta. Then, we will take a short boat ride to the smaller island of Malta, Gozo, for the second half of our trip. On our way home, we have a long, 22-hour layover in Amsterdam which will be just enough time to check out a museum or two! 

Wedding Date:

Aug 18, 2013

Honeymoon Dates:

Aug 20, 2013 - Aug 30, 2013
Gifts are still appreciated and will be used toward our trip expenses.

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Accommodations
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Four nights at Valletta Suites - Lucia Nova

Lucia Nova is a Maltese house - historic, slightly worn at the edges, a little bit of the old mixed with the new. Distressed original walls preserved for their beauty, are combined with beautiful fabrics and contemporary design furniture and lamps. Located in the old quarter of the town, where the windows and balconies are festooned with the day's washing, hanging out like street decorations ready for a parade.
$75.00
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Three nights at Ferrieha Farmhouse

A stone’s throw from il Belvedere in Qala with an amazing sea view towards Comino and Malta. A farmhouse built in an old characteristic style with a large pool, a garden and in a separate house a woodheated sauna.
$50.00
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One night at the Phoenicia Hotel

A national treasure opened in 1947, Hotel Phoenicia has played a key role in Malta’s social and cultural history. Stars, socialites and the crowned heads of Europe have enjoyed this 5 star hotel for over 60 years.
$50.00
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One night at the Xara Palace Hotel

The Xara Palace Hotel has been meticulously and sensitively restored to reflect its former noble standing. It is a unique 17th Century Palace hidden away in the medieval fortified city of Mdina, the old capital of Malta.
$50.00
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One night at Hotel Notting Hill Amsterdam

The hotel is situated in an attractive and historic building in the heart of the bustling city of Amsterdam. Discover Amsterdam from your doorstep with Leidseplein Square, Rembrandtplein Square and the Museum Quarter right around the corner. The blend of classic elements, modern facilities and historic features make this former governmental building a perfect place to stay in Amsterdam.
$50.00
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Fun Activities
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Bike Rentals

3-day Bike Rental - the best way to exlore Malta!
$30.00
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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum Tour

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is an incredible underground necropolis, discovered during building work in 1902. It consists of halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the living rock and covering some 500 sq metres; it is thought to date from around 3600 to 3000 BC, and an estimated 7000 bodies may have been interred here. Excellent 50-minute tours of the complex are available daily.
$25.00
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Rijksmuseum

For the very first time, visitors can follow a chronological journey through the collection, and experience the sense of beauty and time this offers. In a sequence of 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.
$20.00
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Malta National Museum of Archaeology

The National Museum of Archaeology houses a spectacular range of artefacts dating back to Malta’s Neolithic period (5000BC) up to the Phoenician Period (218 BC). On display at this museum are the earliest tools used by the prehistoric people to facilitate their daily tasks; representations of animal life and also human figures, both elements showing the great artistic skills of the dwellers of the island at the time whilst also giving us an insight on their daily lives.
$10.00
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Grand Master's Palace

The Grand Master's Palace is one of Malta's most popular attractions because of its focus on the history of the Knights of St. John. Currently, it is used by the President of Malta and Parliament.
$15.00
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Grand Harbor Cruise

Boat ride on an authentic and rare Maltese Dghajsa boat. These boats were originally built in the 1950's for the British Royal Navy. Currently, there are less than 30 of them in working order.
$15.00
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Day trip to Comino Island and the Blue Lagoon

A day trip specially designed to give the maximum time in Comino to enable you to make the most of the unforgettable crystal clear waters of the magical Blue Lagoon. We cruise past St. Paul's Bay and the island where St. Paul was shipwrecked in 60 A.D., Mellie?a Bay and Comino's famous Blue Lagoon. The rest of the day is spent at one's own leisure sun bathing or swimming off the boat or going ashore to the famous small white sandy beach.
$50.00
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Gear
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REI Grand Tour travel packs

These backpacks are the perfect blend of portability and convenience, designed to travel the world. Perfect for our globetrotting adventures, we thought we'd get a lot more use out of these, than a traditional luggage set!
$50.00
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Pampering
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Spa Date for Two

$100.00
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Wine & Dine
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Charlie's Inn Rabbit House

Family-owned establishment with traditional Maltese favorites and French-inspired dishes.
$25.00
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Rebekah's Restaurant

Mediterranean restaurant with superb food quality, rich flavors and an intimate setting.
$25.00
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Nenu the Baker

Maltese ftira-making traditions are carefully guarded recipes but at the Nenu the Artisan Baker, you can have a go at making your own ftira. Ftira is the Matlese version of pizza - except it is tomato sauce-less.
$25.00
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Lunch at the Palazzo Parisio

Caffé Luna is Palazzo Parisio’s daytime restaurant specialising in light lunches, delicious afternoon teas, moreish cakes and a superb range of freshly brewed teas and coffees. Its delightful surroundings are hard to beat. Inside is plush and inviting, with velvet and feathery textures enveloped in pink and grey hues. Outdoors, into the Palace’s wonderful garden, you can dine among the landscaped gardens and fountains, whiling away your time in the sunshine or under one of our umbrellas.
$50.00
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Legligin

This tiny haven of food and wine is a labour of love for its owner, and it shows. While accommodating no more than a few tables – making booking essential – the lively French music and mismatched crockery instantly create an unforgettable atmosphere, while the ever-shifting menu of bite-sized treats (and more substantial dishes too, like the stewed octopus and lamb casserole) is enough to keep you coming back for more.
$25.00
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Rubino

At Rubino's the choice of food is extensive and varied with an emphasis on Maltese traditional recipes to recreate that homely atmosphere. We strive to offer local favourite dishes such as baked pasta or ghagin grieg, sfinec ta l-incova – a deep fried savoury doughnut with anchovies. A selection of mezes with different Maltese dishes/appetisers, served with the famous Valletta crusty bread is a firm favourite with both locals and foreigners.
$25.00
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Dessert at Fontanella Tea Garden

Situated in the 'silent city' of Mdina, Fontanella offers breathtaking unique views from the bastions overlooking the beautiful island of Malta. For those who have a sweet tooth it is a must to try out one of famous home-made cakes!
$25.00
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