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    Posted July 11, 2012 by
    Antigua and Barbuda
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    Terrible vacation, great photos?

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    At least it looked beautiful


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AdamParker and his wife vacationed at the twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda last year in July. He says the islands were very beautiful, and during the day they would enjoy themselves by engaging in activities like touring the islands by boat. The trouble in paradise, he says, came when the sun went down. 'The weather conditions caused the sand flies to come out early, and since there was no air conditioning, and the temperature got up to 80 degrees, we left the window open and the sand flies came in.'
    - jne2013, CNN iReport producer

    It was our honeymoon. My wife and I had decided that heading to the Caribbean for a week would be a great way to recover from all of the wedding planning.


    As a photographer I was immediately drawn towards a little jewel of an island where we could have some scenic solitude. We knew that we wouldn't have air conditioning but we didn't know that sand-fly season would start earlier than usual.


    To make a long story short we spent most of the week avoiding the biting pests and trying as best we could to get a full nights sleep.  Something that is not so easy to do when it's 80 degrees with 80% humidity and you're covered in 100+ itchy bites.


    Now almost exactly a year later the memory of the biting pests has faded for me, not so much for my wife. And we are left with pictures that would make it hard to believe that we were treated to anything less than paradise during our first week of mariage.


    So, can good pictures overcome a terrible vacation? Perhaps not immediately but I'm sure that in our case we will be able to look back and remember things in a more positive light in part because of the beautiful images.

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