Saturday, September 21, 2013

12 Days- 8+ Cities

Wayne and I had the opportunity 
to take a trip of a lifetime!
So we left on a Thursday from
 Cincinnati and ended up in...

Barcelona Spain

We spent 2 1/2 fabulous days exploring this 
beautiful and historic city!

la Sagrada Familia

We fell in love with the architecture of Antoni Gaudi!


Casa Batlló- Dragon House

Park Güell

Sunday afternoon we

boarded the Norwegian Epic



Monday went spent the day at Sea!



The Blue Man Group

Catching some great on board entertainment!

Tuesday morning we docked in
Naples, Italy.


And took the train to Pompeii.




Pompeii is very large and is still an active archaeological site.


To think the whole city disappeared in such a short amount of time...



The coliseum in Pompeii.  So cool!

Wednesday we woke up in a port right near Rome!
We took a fast train to Rome which
landed us right outside of the
Vatican! 


The Pope was out when we arrived.
Can you see him on the jumbo-tron?
We saw the Sistine Chapel!


The Spanish Steps


The Trevi Fountain


The Pantheon


With it's stunning open air domed ceiling!


And of course the Colosseum!



Beautiful sunset from the ship!

Thursday morning we woke up 
in the port of Livorno, Italy.
And took the train into Florence!


In most of the cities Wayne and I walked or braved
cheap public transportation, ie bus or metro.
In Florence, we spent the whole day walking
exploring this quaint city!

Ghiberti's doors "The Gates of Paradise"


The line to see Michelangelo's David was very long so
we skipped seeing this masterpiece.


Pulling out of the port in Livorno Thursday evening.


Sunset Thursday evening from the ship!

Friday we woke up in the 
port of Marseille, France.


Marseille ended up being a sweet surprise of a day!
See the church on the top of the hill?
We walked up to the top!



The view from the top was simply stunning!


Unlike Florence where they charged to view the inside of the 
cathedrals, the buildings in Marseille were open
to the public for free!


Wayne loved the contrast of the old building on the left
with the modern building on the right!


This city has a thriving artist community!


Wonderful back streets to explore!


Sunset from the ship Friday night!

Pulling into the harbor of Palma,
 Spain Saturday afternoon!



We spent Saturday afternoon exploring the city of Palma, Spain.


A beautiful city full of historical sites...


quaint alleys...


and lovely gardens!


The rest of the afternoon was spent under an umbrella reading


and napping aboard the ship!


Our last sunset aboard the ship!

On Sunday we were back in port of Barcelona
and took a plane over to Madrid!



We spent the next day and 1/2 exploring Madrid!


From the museums to the walking tours of the old city...
it was beautiful and fun!

Monday evening we flew to our final city!
Making the most of a 12 hour overnight layover in...


Paris, France!




The view from our hotel balcony!
Christine, I so wished you were here to see this with us!


Tuesday morning we left Paris and flew home!

Things we learned :
This trip was a total gift and blessing!
This was a perfect way to celebrate 21 years of marriage!
Thanks to my wonderful parents, the kids and dogs
survived our time away... even thrived!
We are cruise people, it was a great way to see so
many cities over such a short time!
God's world is beautiful!

Thank you Mom and Dad for:
the airline tickets
for taking care of the kids and pups
for cleaning the refrigerator :) and
the rest of the house!
for your unconditional love.
We love you!





9 comments:

Christine said...

YOU LIVED MY DREAM!!
What a Fairy-tale vacation.
Unreal pictures!!
What a great time for just the TWO of you.
I could go on and on about this dreamlike vacation, (but you know how I feel).

Thank you for taking me along, via pictures.



PS; Welcome Back! You were missed!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful travel log from your trip! Lovely, lovely, Lovely!!! Blessings, Mom

Lynne said...

Wonderful, simply wonderful trip, photos and to see you and your husband on this anniversary journey of a lifetime. I think you should volunteer your services to the touring line, you sold me!

May you celebrate many more wonderful anniversary days, years and miles of memories . . .
Love, Lynne

Barbara said...

OMGosh Dee Dee...this is my DREAM vacation! Your photos are simply gorgeous and wowzer what a way to see those fabulous cities!
So happy you had the chance to spend some time with your very handsome Wayne, and God bless your family for pulling together so you had no worries about them being home with out the two of you.

Happy 21st anniversary and welcome home! Here's to 21 more!!!
XO Barbara

Judy@judyfriendphotography.com said...

What a great trip that must have been and exciting as well. Glad you had a wonderful time exploring. Love the pictures! Hugs .... Aunt Judy

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures, DeeDee! I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip.... memories that will last for a lifetime! Happy Birthday week! Love you, Aunt Theta

Ronda Batchelor said...

Wow! that looks like so much fun! I love it. What a great way to spend your anniversary my friend!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Oh my! Trip of a lifetime for sure! I can't believe all the wonderful places you got to see! You 2 look so cute and so happy! I am thrilled for you and so glad you are a great photographer and shared your photos!!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

WOW!!!!! What an amazing trip you had!! Happy Anniversary!