Thursday, April 30, 2009

Honeymoon Day 2 - Capri

What a beautiful place the island of Capri is! Chris found a wonderful Bed and Breakfast for us to stay in while we were there owned by a really nice couple named Antonio (Tony) and Augusta. They were so nice and accomodating and gave us lots of ideas for different ways to spend our days on Capri. Our first full day on Capri was gorgeous and we spent it doing a long walk around the hills of the island. Though the town of Capri itself can be busy and touristy, we had the path, and it's breathtaking views, mostly to ourself. So relaxing!

The view from the deck of the bed and breakfast. We thought this day was GORGEOUS, yet Antonio said "no, this is no beautiful day". We couldn't understand how it could get more beautiful than this!
Where Antonio and Augusta made us breakfast every morning, along with a cappucino. Or two. :)
View from the deck of the B&B. Check out the water!
On our long walk around the island, we stopped at a little restaurant and had "lemon juice". I thought it would be lemonade...but it was actually lemon juice! Lemon trees grow all over the island- they are famous for having lemons grow to the size of grapefruits!
Back to the lemon juice...once we tasted it, Chris went to find extra sugar packets for us. I think I added five to mine, and it was still sour. But delicious!Chris in the Grotto Matermania

Beautiful view from the walk
We met a nice couple from Germany who took this picture for us. And, since it's a little island, we kept running into them over the next few days! :)
Via Kruppe- walk all the way down it and get right down to the water. It's actually been closed for about 30 years due to falling rocks, and only reopened last year. We're so glad it did!
The Natural Arch (Arco Naturale)- our pictures do not do it justice. It's beautiful!
More incredible views!

Garden of Augustus (this is actually at the top of the Via Kruppe)
On the way down to one of the beaches

Right before lunch by the beach...check out the color of that water! It's the most amazing turquoise. Lunch...yum. No matter where we ate in Italy, the food was incredible. Here I had gnocchi and Chris had a seafood risotto. Delicious!
Relxaing on the deck and watching the sun go down- one of our favorite late afternoon activities after walking around all day.

One of Tony's friends owned a restaurant called Le Arcate in Anacapri, the other town on the island of Capri. The owner's brother-in-law came to pick us up for dinner. Driving in Capri is a bit nerve-wracking. The problem is teeny tiny roads that can barely fit one car width (even though the cars are tiny as well) let alone two. At one point we nearly ran over a cyclist and I gasped audibly...the driver looked at me in the rearview mirror and chuckled. Apparently I don't have the nerves of steel it takes to drive on Capri!
Oh the Limoncello. I don't know if it's because we knew Tony or what, but for some reason they decided to give us limoncello after dinner on the house. So of course I felt it would be rude not to drink it! Luckily, my back was to the restaurant so they couldn't see my face!

And that was Day 2! We love Capri!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Goodbye New Orleans, Hello Italy!

Our wonderful family and friends-

Thank you so much for traveling to New Orleans to celebrate our wedding with us! You made this a weekend that we will never forget. We had an absolute blast and we hope that you did too.

All our love,
Chris and Jessica Gibson

We managed to make it to the French Quarter Festival!
I had to buy this shirt for Chris. If you can't read it, there's a picture of a bride and groom and it says "GAME OVER". :)Hmm...this is what happens when you try to take the top tier of the wedding cake back home with you on a plane!
But it still tasted delicious! I never got a piece of cake at the wedding, so I was happy to eat some here. Don't worry, we did freeze the rest of it for our one year anniversary.
The next day we left for Italy! It was a crazy morning because Chris had to drive back to New York to pick up my suitcase that didn't make it in the night before. It's our fault. We weren't listening in Miami and didn't realize they had given my seat away on our connection from New Orleans back home! I was given another seat and made it home that night. The flight attendant said we were still in shock and that's why we didn't hear the intercom announcement! Lucky for us she had just gotten married the week before so she was very understanding.

We flew from New York to Paris then from Paris to Naples, Italy. Can I just say that people who drive in Naples are either the craziest or the bravest people I've ever seen? We were sitting safely on a city bus and I was still bracing myself for a crash. While on the bus we met a really nice couple from Ireland also on their honeymoon who were married on the same day as us!

From Naples we took a ferry to the Island of Capri. We checked into our Bed and Breakfast (more on that later!), got settled in, then headed out for our first dinner in Italy.

HERE WE GO! On our way to Italy.
That's Italy!
And we're in Capri! It was just a little rainy the day we arrived, which was okay because we were exhausted.
Our first dinner in Italy! It didn't disappoint!
Limoncello! There are lemon trees all over the island.

And that was Day 1!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Poor Bailey!

We know that cocker spaniels are prone to ear infections so we try our best to keep Bailey's ears nice and clean. I guess we got a little lax since he hasn't had an infection in quite some time...and now he has a bad one. :( So bad, in fact, that he has to wear this collar! He doesn't seem to mind it too much, though, and it's giving his little ear a chance to heal. Still, I want to laugh and cry all at the same time every time I look at him!

In happier news, Chris and I are 8 DAYS away from becoming husband and wife! We have been busy this past week with last minute plans and checking in with our vendors. My sweet co-workers took me out after work on Tuesday and gave me loads of advice about married life. :)

Though it was on March 21 last year, it was on Good Friday that Chris and I got engaged. We are enjoying spending this day together and thinking about all the excitement and planning that this engagement period has brought us. We still can't believe that after a whole year of waiting our wedding day is almost here. Time flies!

We CAN'T WAIT to see you all in New Orleans NEXT WEEK!

Lots of love,
Jess and Chris

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wedding nightmare

I woke up at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning thanks to a really horrible nightmare. About the wedding. In my dream, it was the day of the wedding and the guy who was supposed to come fix my hair never showed up. Worst nightmare ever.

When we lived in Baton Rouge I went to an Aveda salon called Paris Parker. I loved it and since they have locations all around the Baton Rouge/New Orleans area, I called their Canal Street location to find someone who could come to the Benachi House to do my hair before the wedding. This was way back in December. One of their employees called me, Tommy, and we made plans to have him come the day of the wedding. No worries, right?

I decided after the horrible dream that I should probably give Tommy a call. When he answered the phone he was so glad that I called because it turns out he can't make it that day! He tried calling me sooner but must have had the wrong number. Luckily he has a co-worker who can come instead. Whew. That was a close one!

I'll see you all in 17 days...and hopefully my hair will look great!  :)