Venice, Italy

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Venice, Italy: A Few First Impressions This post is part of a continuing series about a Mediterranean Cruise I took with my thirteen year old daughter in the fall of 2012.  Today I am talking about Venice! You’ve seen Venice in movies, pictures and books all of your life, but still, there is nothing quite like stepping onto a boat in the Grand Canal and taking in the magical beauty of this place. It is no wonder that Venice is such a well-loved destination.  The floating city lives up to all its hype.  You cannot help but take one million … Continue reading

Barcelona, Park Guell + La Sagrada Familia

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  Barcelona was the first stop on my trip with Mary Polly to Europe in September.  We spent two nights there, exploring this beautiful city before boarding the Carnival Breeze for a 12 Night Mediterranean Cruise. Read all about our first day in Barcelona here.  Our second day in Barcelona started with a quick stop for pastries and coffee near our hotel.  We were off early on the Metro to see the works of Antoni Gaudi, starting with Park Guell. We wandered the forest paths of Park Guell, a space I imagine to be a welcome bit of peace in … Continue reading

Caribbean Cruise Notes: On the Boat

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about a super fun birthday cruise that was planned by my friends, Sarabeth and Rhonda.  Read the the other parts here: part 1, part 2, and part 3. The Story of 12 Women Who Went on a Cruise, Part 4: On the boat! photo by Whitney Loibner Part 4: Embarkation There is really no way to describe that first glimpse of your cruise ship. I mean, I’ve been amazed by boats before.  I remember when my uncle bought a brand new ski boat after we had spent years of weekends on … Continue reading

Caribbean Cruise Notes: Road Trip to Our Cruise Port

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This is the third in a series of posts about a super fun birthday cruise that was planned by my friends, Sarabeth and Rhonda.  Read the first here. And the second here. The Story of 12 Women Who Went On a Cruise, Part 3: Road Trip to Our Cruise Port The day finally arrived for us to leave!  Lots of us put our kids on a bus that was going to Kids Across America (a camp in Missouri) early that morning. Then around 10am we met at our church (NOTE: This was NOT a church trip!).  Whitney and I had … Continue reading

Caribbean Cruise Notes: Planning a Cruise

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The Story of 12 Women who went on a Cruise: Part 1, The Planning OR How I went from being a Cruise Skeptic to a Cruise Addict In the winter of 2011, I was strongly encouraging two of my dearest friends to follow through on a dream they had about something that is near and dear to my heart… A trip. The longing for travel is embedded in my DNA, from my grandparents I suppose, and then most recently, my father.  It’s just part of who I am to always be longing for the next adventure, to want to get … Continue reading