Last Friday, Musicman and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. To commemorate this milestone, we left Bunny with mom and went away for the weekend to Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast.
Avoca is a relaxed beach paradise and my idea of romantic heaven. We stayed in an apartment on the crest overlooking Avoca beach, and the view was to die for. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors in each room ensured there was expansive ocean and lush greenery wherever you looked. You could even sit on the toilet and see the view!
I trawled the internet for hours trying to find the “right” place for us to spend our anniversary weekend. Initially we had planned to fly to Queensland for a few days, but the global financial crisis made us decide to take a less expensive break closer to home and use the difference to pay down some Spain debt.
I was over the moon when I discovered the Blue Seas Villas, not only because Avoca fit our requirements of a lazy beach town we could drive to, but our apartment had the requisite ocean views and a distinctive Greek inspired decor, making it an inviting “home away from home” for a few days.
MusicMan and I have a real aversion to bland luxury hotel chain style accommodation. This hotel was a nearby option for us and one of the few on the Central Coast of NSW that had water views. But if you check out the pictures you’ll see the room itself is nothing special.
In contrast, our apartment offered total privacy, a large balcony with a table and day bed, a comfortable sofa, lots of personal touches and a really romantic atmosphere. I’ll admit to also loving the huge plasma television and cable connection which gave me a couple of hours of Sex and the City viewing pleasure on an overcast Saturday afternoon.
And that was the only downside really. The weather was gorgeous on Friday for a long walk along the beach and some exploring of the area (there were some amazing houses that backed directly onto the sand and were architectural dreams), but Saturday and Sunday were really quite chilly.
And really, you can’t complain about time indoors spent watching Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (loads of fun), or eating seafood and watching the waves, or talking for hours while cuddling and sipping scotch (MusicMan) and kahlua (me).
We might have also found other recreational activities to whittle away the hours, but I would be far too discreet to talk about that. Let’s just say that I came home feeling very very happy and relaxed.
I still plan on doing a post about marriage, but to be honest I haven’t done much thinking over the past few days, so I’ll have to sit down and gather some ideas this week.
In the mean time, I’d love to hear your ideas of what makes a perfect romantic getaway. Do you like the beach or the country, or maybe perusing museums and drinking lattes in the city? Time to fess up.