Post # 17
I think it looks amazing! I would love to go visit! I know it is closer to home than being far away…but at 1/3 of the price and all those pros…i think you should definitely go! You can always book a another trip to another (farther away) location for your second honeymoon later on 🙂
Post # 18
My best friend did a study abroad in Spain and spent a week in Majorca and she absolutely loved it! I think it would be great. If you’re really looking for a bigger trip, gluten free stuff is becoming much more available in the states, so you could probably find food you could eat at grocery stores here as well!
Post # 19
I think it looks lovely! I also have many allergies and sensitivities, though thankfully I am not as allergic as you – I’m so sorry that you have to go through this! I have a couple of questions: meat is always gluten-free, so are you talking about gluten-free seasoned meat or a meat market like a carniceria? Do you go shopping at the farmer’s market? At the one near me, they have food stands where they cook pizza, so that may not be a good idea for you, but have you researched whether cooking the gluten changes its molecular structure so that you are not reactive to it in the air? Reason being, farmers markets have great produce.
In terms of your honeymoon, I would say go somewhere that is fluent in English or, if your husband speaks it, Spanish, and he can do the purchases at the markets and you can cook them 🙂 If you are that allergic, you may need your own gluten-free (or if you are only allergic to wheat, wheat-free) designated cookware, and packing all of that may be challenging. I would say check with a Costco or AAA travel agent for logistics and with any other places you plan on going to. Maybe you can have a deep-cleaning of the kitchen done before you get there for an extra fee. I agree that doing an apartment where you can cook is a great idea, because Spanish cafes and restaurants have lots of wheat-containing foods. It may be wise to contact celiac.org or http://www.worldallergy.org/ to find out if they can refer you to accommodations. Costa Rica may be another place to consider because it’s beautiful and the staples there are chicken, rice, beans, etc. and they have lots of fruit stands. Of course, there are also condos in Hawaii or the Keys that are English-speaking. If you are set on Spain and you can make it work, fantastic! I can’t wait to see the photos 🙂 Good luck to you, hugs!
Post # 20
Also – you may be able to schedule deliveries of produce from local farmers and butchers so that neither of you have to leave the apartment 😉
Post # 21
I WANTED soooo badly to go to Spain or Italy for our honeymoon. Unfortunately, we lack money and “time”. I have a craptastic job that has no benefits, so no work = no pay. I can’t afford to lose more than a week of work. I would want to spend about 2 weeks there. It is beautiful and the food looks amazing! Anyway, you would have everything that you need to not suffer a major allergic attack, which would ruin your honeymoon. GO!!!! Please, put a pics when you do, so I can live vicariously through you, hahaha!
Post # 22
Thanks, thats the plan, its the fact that I’d have to prepare all the food in advance, which whilst planning and attending my own wedding … sucks. So any other time a further trip isn’t such a problem. Plus a second honeymoon sounds pretty awesome haha.
I’m actually allergic to wheat (gluten one of the most prominent proteins in wheat, hence I’m allergic to gluten too), however my allergy is pretty extreme so if an animal eats cereals (pretty standard), I cannot ingest the animal. If a chicken eats cereal (called ‘pienso’ in Spain) I cannot eat the chicken or the egg. Even to this extent my reaction is ridiculous I swell up at least 15kg and stop breathing within a few days and the symptoms last for months! However there is a Spanish supermarket in Spain called ‘Mercadona’ which offers gluten’free meats (ensuring that the animal hasn’t ingested such cereals) amongst quite a lot of everyday food products. Everything I eat has to be certified gluten and wheat free, so a farmer’s market sadly isn’t an option. When I travel I actually have to take (or buy new) frying pans, pans, cutlery etc (and I can’t use their oven). As far as eating out, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can’t, I’ve actually gotten worse since I wrote this post and had quite a few issues meaning I can’t even enter a cafeteria or restaurant. I usually prepare all my food prior to travelling, which is fine, I’ve done it a bunch of times but doing that whilst planning a wedding isn’t really an option and travelling (as much as I do love it) is already stressful enough as it is! Luckily I’m bilingual (spoken Spanish since I was a child) and I know my way around Spanish products which makes vacationing in Spain much easier the only problem is that I’m in Spain constantly (been to Madrid, Barcelona, all of Andalucia etc) so I’m hoping that going to Majorca feels ‘special enough’ for a honeymoon. (Sorry for the ridiculously long reply haha)
I’m sure you’ll be able to visit soon! Italy is AMAZING! I loved it there, I’ve travelled quite a bit but Italy has a special place in my heart. I guess I’m so used to Spain that it doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor anymore but it is a beautiful country and Andalucia is so pretty! I will definitely post photos for you guys 🙂 .
Post # 23
You could look at the more traditional South Pacific islands (i.e. Samoa & Tonga), where they don’t tend to eat much wheat-based foods, and fish is readily available. Starches like breadfruit, taro, sweet potato, etc. are abundant and served at every meal. And of course, there are many other reasons to visit these beautiful, deeply cultural islands . . .
Post # 24