Cruise Control: Grow Your Sea Legs with AmaWaterways and Wanderable

Ever considered a river cruise? Well, you should– with Amawaterways and Wanderable. 

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As lovers of the water, we are very proud to announce our partnership with AmaWaterways, a true revolutionary in the field of river cruising. This sweet, family-owned business specializes in custom ships built to make your voyage truly comfortable and majestic. We went to the trouble of going to Paris & Normandy just for you, Wanderers, so you can peep some pics from our glamorous, cozy, magical trip with Amawaterways, below. It was really hard…but, you know, someone’s gotta do it.

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The Wanderable Team (and their boyfriends) in the small town Honeflur, one of the stops along the Seine

River cruises are a great option for all ages of travelers…more seasoned couples who might be enjoying a second honeymoon or renewing of their vows, or young spritely things just venturing out onto the ocean for the first time. With so many different activities and experiences available on the ship, the experience is whatever you desire it to be– the daily tours are top notch (and their are multiple ones each day, depending on your interests) but if you’re into going it alone, grab a bike from the boat and venture out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Normandy by Bike:  A must

Did we mention that Amawaterways was an all-inclusive trip? This is a big plus: you don’t have to get nervous that you’re racking up crazy bill.  You can sit back, relax and enjoy every moment. This gives you the freedom to try new things, hang out with new people (your fellow cruise mates will become permanent pen-pals by the last day) while getting a holistic travel experience.

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You can sit with us: the cool kids table on the Amalegro

Plus, Amawaterways likes to keep it small: so you’re not getting onto some monster cruise liner.  With only about 200 people on board (including the crew) the personal touch can be seen in everything they do.  The cruise director actually came up to our group on the second night and told us about an off-the-beaten-path, 2 star Michelin restaurant in Caudebec, inside the chef’s house. He offered to make us reservations because he knew we were foodies.  Seriously, you just don’t get service like that every day.

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Marcus, picking up fresh baguettes for dinner from a small town in Normandy. 

Rudi, the president of Ama, discusses his philosophy: “We love what we do — providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, ‘Ama’ is derived from the Latin word for “love.” It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests.”

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 The sunrise from our Stateroom on the Amalegro sailing along the Seine 

AmaWaterways is truly a stellar brand, and we are thrilled to announce to you that we’re launching 5 itineraries with them today. They are: Douro, Portugal;  East AfricaProvence & SpainVietnam, Cambodia, & the Mekong and Paris & Normandy.  Plus, the first three couples that registry get some special treats: chocolate and champagne in their room, and a a private champagne reception with the captain before the welcome dinner.

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 John (the cruise director), Marcus, and the Captain of the Amalegro

So, Wanderers, even though a river cruise might not necessarily be the fist thing you think about when you think about going to Europe or Africa, we dare you to think differently.  With Amawaterways and Wanderable, it’s all about five-star service, amazing experiences, meeting new people, and exploring a different world.

Check out some more amazing pics from our trip with Amawaterways, and #WanderOn.

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Marcus, the cheese expert (it’s all about the cheese in France. But you knew that)

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Private cheese tasting for the guests on the Amalegro at the Chateau de Bizy

 

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See what I mean? 

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Wanderable On The Road: Vernon, Honfleur, Caudebeuc & Pays D’Auge

Perhaps More Romantic Than Paris…Wanderable Explores Tiny Towns in France.

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Bonjour, Wanderers.

So, if you follow us on Twitter and Instagram (and you better!), you know we’ve been in France for the last few days (and we’re thanking our lucky stars).

Travelers link France subconsciously with Paris, but we’re here to report that there is so, so, so much more to this marvelous country than one iconic metropolis, and we’ve wandered through quaint towns in Normandy that could make you rethink your French itinerary. From fragrant farmers’ markets to mouth-watering homemade apple cider, these honeymoon oases are sites for sore eyes.  So far we’ve visited Vernon, Honfleur, Caudebec and Pays D’Auge, and we’re all about the quiet, sultry energy of these small towns. Tomorrow’s itinerary includes riding bikes and visiting a local brewery in Reuon. Sorry we’re not sorry!

Keep reading below to tag along as we #WanderOn.

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Our first stop was Vernon, home of awe- inspiring church L’Eglise Catholique. It’s huge, and its size warrants its status as the focal point of the city. Trip down a few side streets, and lunch is covered: grab a baguette by the local baker, some cheese from the Fromagerie and some smoked ham from the Charcuterie next door and you’ll be one happy camper (we didn’t leave that bench for hours).

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The next day, we visited the tiny fishing town Honfleur, where the salt air woke us up and the cuteness of the town kept us up. It started raining, which only made the day feel cozier. We meandered down cobblestone streets to local shops that offered hot cider, caramel candies, artisan jams with toast, and foie gras. As the sun set, we grabbed some warm drinks and crepes with butter, sucre et fleur de del (sugar and salt). Since Honfleur is known for its seafood, we tasted a few local faves (mmmm…oysters,) and that was a truly surreal experience.

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Honfleur is a hidden jewel, totally off-the-beaten-path. Apparently, the super-chic, in-the-know Parasians come here (its only a 2 hour drive from Paris) for the weekend, to shop, eat and drink Calvados (liquor made from apples). The Fire Island of France, if you will.

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Moving on…let’s talk about the Farmer’s Market in Caudebeuc: Jean, pictured above, is THE MAN when it comes to fresh seafood. We wanted to eat a raw scallop– and he obliged: he cleaned it and prepared it for us to eat. It was the sweetest scallop we’ve ever tasted. There was also fresh salmon lox, oysters, mackerel, tuna and crayfish– all caught by Jean and his partners earlier that day.  There were also live chickens, home-made paella, sausages with fresh sauerkraut and an epic cheese selection. This market is the social event of the week in Caudebeuc…the locals all gather here, buy their food for the week, and then meet their friends for coffee and drinks. We tried to fit right in.
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Sunday rolled around and we visited  Pays D’Auge. Because it was Sunday, we were basically the only people in town (if you can’t tell from the photo). It was so quiet we just perused the local shops, and finally stopped for lunch where we shared escargots, duck confit and a salad avec chèvre chaud (salad with hot goat cheese). The owners brought out fresh bread and two beers for us, on the house. It was the freshest end to the freshest weekend.

The fabulous news is that we’re here till Thursday…so stay tuned, Wanderers. There are more delicious meals to be consumed and more cobblestone streets to be strolled.

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#MartiniqueRomantique: The Island Paradise

Win a trip for two to Martinique: The Island Paradise. ENTER NOW!

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It’s officially that time of year: the temperatures drop, Starbucks has cranberry-colored cups, and we’re even seeing snow in some parts of the country (except Los Angeles, you don’t count). So with the inception of “sweater weather,” it’s time to start day-dreaming about those seemingly far-off beach vacations.  Well, we dare you to dream big: it doesn’t get any better than the Caribbean– and this one happens to be très chic. It basically looks like a screen savor, amiright?

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This wanderlust-y destination is Martinique, an island in the Eastern Caribbean sea. It is an overseas region of France, and an integral part of the French Republic (so think of Paris on a beach).  We’ve partnered with Atout France to giveaway an incredible Martinique vacation, for two! The prize includes 2 roundtrip tickets courtesy of American Airlines, 4 nights in paradise at the Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa (which is a 5-Star resort) dinner for 2 at the  Cap Est’s gastronomic restaurant, Le Belem, and a cooking class with master chef Jean-Charles Bredas at Martinique Gastronomie. We will also have 4 bridal bloggers in Martinique from today (Nov 19) to Nov 22nd, posting their experiences live, which will be streamed on this site and through #MartiniqueRomantique on social media.

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But don’t worry (didn’t think you were actually worried- this is basically too good to be true) there is way more to do in Martinique than just be lapped in luxury and eat your face off. There is also rum tastings with Habitation Clement, sailing excursions along the Ballades du Delphis, hiking, fishing…and did we mention epic sunbathing? This romantique island is also the perfect honeymoon destination for those who want nothing but pampering and sunshine. Good thing you can register for all these experiences (and more) here.

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So, wanderers, make sure you enter now.  The contest ends December 22nd. Think of it as an early Christmas present… your own personal island paradise with the one you love. For free. You’re welcome.

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