Thursday, April 26, 2012

You, me, and Fiji ...

I was feeling a bit flat the other day, and I thought: I really need a holiday to look forward to.

Maybe it's the Sagittarean in me, but I love travel.

Thoughts of adventure in distant - or not so distant places - have kept me going through many tough times. And made me smile even brighter when times are good.

They have helped this little family bond even tighter, and make memories that will never be erased.

One of our happiest experiences as a family, was last year's trip to Fiji.

I wanted to see my childrens' faces light up with the joy of being alive, watch them be indulged, and to be with them, totally in the moment. All in one of the most beautiful places on earth, not too far from home, that I could actually afford to visit.

And Fiji was truly the place to do it.

Which is why I was sad when I read that, having survived severe flooding, gale force winds, and cyclonic conditions recently, Fijian tourism operators had been suffering from a flow-on effect with visitors unsure if the region was safe for travel.

However, the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association has confirmed that it's all systems go in Fiji.

So my message is: Don't miss out.

The storm is over, and the best way you can help is by visiting Fiji.

It will be as beautiful and welcoming as we found it to be.

You'll see warriors like this (from Shangri-La's Fijian Resort And Spa).

(And Mummas? A word to the wise. Do not miss out on the sunset torch-lighting/warrior ceremonies. Serious eye-candy. Serious. And you get to have your photos taken with the Warriors. Real up close and personal like. Ahem. And some resorts like the Fijian, have introduced Warrior-ettes. Just for the blokes and in the name of Political Correctness I am sure. I was too busy getting my photo taken with the Warriors to find out...)

Get set for adventure ... (Harmonie, putting on her lifejacket for the ride of her life on the Sigatoka River Safari to a remote Fijian village. We highly recommend it!) 

Woo hoo! The face says it all! Chase, jet boating along the Sigatoka River!

Taking in the sights and sounds of the river. Locals crossing the river in the traditional way ...

And here too! My kids were amazed. 

The village we visited.

Our lunch, made by ladies in the village, from everything produced in the village

Isn't it beautiful?

C. was one of the first to choose his position!
There were no knives and forks ... it was hands only, with a water bowl for cleansing. My Aspie boy loved that! And enjoyed showing European journalists how to do it.

Some cheeky village kids.

An exhausted but happy Missy Moo enters The Land Of Nod with her temporary 'pet' Coconut. 

And C. was so blissfully relaxed, that all I could see was his feet! 

Nowhere else but Fiji.

Maid In Australia's Fijian holiday was supported by Tourism Fiji Australia, Air Pacific Fiji, and the Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa. 


vegemitevix said...

What a wonderful time you had in Fiji, a place so very dear to me after living there as a kid in the 70s. Love Fiji, would love to take my family (and my Englishman) back there. Vix x

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Sounds like the kids and you really enjoyed yourselfs.

Hubby & I are planning on taken A to many different parts of Australia and not just the well known tourist parts either.

As many places in Australia are doing it tough so it would be great for us not only A to experience how tough some people are doing it like farmers, etc

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

aarkay.cs31 said...

Travel,whether solo or in family group or other affinity groups,is the greatest energizer I know of.To add to it, if you put that habit into the kids when they are young, that will be the best you can do to make them citizens of the wide world.

Your photos and the pithy comments are great!Keep it going!

C S Radhakrishnan

House Removals said...

Ohhhh, you had a great time - it's more than obvious. And this lunch without forks and knives .. :) my kids will love it, too :)))) Wish some day to visit this unique place.

supermac said...

I love travelling, too. Looks like a wonderful place indeed.

Hotly Spiced said...

Love the photo of your daughter with her coconut! I love Fiji too. We went to years ago and stayed at the Hilton Beach Club and Spa on Denarau and we just loved it. We all want to go back - if only! xx

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

Everyone in the family has been to Fiji but me. Maybe they planned it that way but all 3 times I've been in the states dealing with family issues. :)

I can't wait to go!

Lee said...

We went to Fiji last year, but sadly weren't rapt with the resort we chose. The Shangri La looks great, we'd definitely go there next time. x

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Seana Smith said...

AAAHHHHHH... we didn't do that river trip... I wish we had. Will have to go again. It is a lovely country, and a special place to visit with the kids.

Cybele Masterman (Bele) said...

Oh, I can't wait to go to Fiji. It's very high on our list and now, I hope one of my boys has a pet coconut too!

Kirralee @ Escape With Kids said...

Oh I love Fiji! We found our visit to a local village to be a real eye-opener. So great for the kids to get an insight into different cultures.

Talia said...

Beautiful Fiji!!

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