Paul pulled off the surprise of the year, and all for my 40th birthday. He organised a holiday for us and all I was told was to pack for warm weather, that we'd be travelling by plane and I didn't need a passport.
Well, our destination, it turned out, was Port Douglas! Paul didn't reveal our destination until we arrived at Sydney Airport where he told us we were flying to Cairns. Once we arrived at Cairns we were driven about 60km north to Port Douglas. This is such a beautiful place, so warm and relaxed. And a gorgeous way to spend my birthday.
It didn't take us long to get into relaxation mode. We stayed right in the heart of Port Douglas on Macrossan Street, close to lots of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Here's some happy snaps of our break...
Visiting Rainforest Habitat, this is a wildlife sanctuary just out of Port Douglas:
Bike riding along Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas:
Out on the Great Barrier Reef, we took a cruise to the outer Barrier Reef. It was very windy, be we managed to get out and snorkel a bit, saw some beautiful fish and coral. On my last snorkel I spotted a giant turtle, and followed him around for a while! I think Phoebe was a little disappointed that Nemo didn't come up to her for a chat.
I managed to fit a few of these in on our holiday:
... and a few of these (there's something about icecream cones on holidays):
The girls loved the pool at the apartments:
Last day, taken at Four Mile Beach:
It had been 14 years since we (Paul and I, that is) had last visited Port Douglas. Very importantly, it is where Paul proposed to me at this table in the park by the Inlet one evening in May 1992. We took the girls there to show them "that table". I don't think they were very impressed and certainly didn't "get" the sentimental importance of this green table. Anyway here it is, how life has changed for us in those 14 years!!!
So a very memorable 40th birthday for me. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. As Julie Love told me 40 is the new 30, and I certainly think I'm off to a great start for the next decade! Thank you to my gorgeous family for making it so special!
Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes and emails, you are all lovely, and I'm trying hard to catch up.
Bye for now