Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cruisin' the Western Mediterranean

At the end of September, Q and I traveled to Barcelona, Spain for a 7-day Western Mediterranean cruise. My cousin, Tiffany, & her hubby Cedric, joined us. We started planning the trip back in January, so needless to say that I was excited when the day finally arrived. And the trip was UH-MAY-ZINGG!

The cruise was pretty port intensive - we were only at sea the first day. As I mentioned above, we started in Barcelona, then to Naples, Italy, Rome, Italy, Florence/Pisa, Italy, Cannes, France, Marseille, France, and back to Barcelona. Europe was so beautiful! There were so many amazing moments, but I'll spare you and not post a ton of words and the 500+ pictures I took. Instead, I'll summarize my experience in a Top 5 list.

#5: God's Beautiful Landscape

I feel privileged to have been able to experience more of God's beautiful Earth. The historic landmarks, monuments, cathedrals, landscape, and architecture were utterly breathtaking!

Barcelona, Spain
Naples, Italy
Cannes, France
#4: Food...and More Food!

We ate GOOD! Both on the ship and off. If you've ever taken a cruise before, you know how good the food is. But it was also so cool to try some of the local cuisines. Pizza from Italy actually tastes a bit different than say...Pizza Hut...imagine that. :) And everything was so fresh! I didn't get too crazy though...I mostly stuck with pizza, pasta, and my favorite...cappuccino! Starbucks' cappuccinos are good, but they have NOTHING on the cappuccinos we tried in the little cafes all over Europe.

Fresh food market in Barcelona
Fresh food market in Barcelona, Spain
Fresh food market in Barcelona
Apple crisp in Barcelona
Cappuccino in Rome
Pizza in Rome
Spaghetti with meat sauce in Pisa
Gnocchi in Cannes
Crepe with Nutella on the ship
Another cappuccino in Marseilles
Bread pudding & cheesecake on the ship

#3: Animal Print Madness

I am a firm believer that animal prints - specifically leopard and snake skin - are the new 'black'. I LOVE animal prints! Since so many of our most classic and trendy fashion influences come from Europe - including animal prints - I included the print as a staple in my wardrobe throughout the week! Did I mention how much I love animal prints?

Cut-out sleeve animal print top
Leopard print hair scarf 
Leopard print scarf
Snake skin peep-toe heels
Leopard print wedges
#2: Rome...Period.

Rome was, by far, my favorite city! I loved everything about Rome...the entire vibe of the city excited me. From the beautiful landmarks like the Trevi fountain, Colloseum, and the Vatican, to the delicious cappuccino and pizza for lunch...the streets were well-manicured and bustling with locals and hundreds of tourists. I can't wait to go back!















#1: Experiencing Europe with People I LOVE

Hands down...the best part about the entire vacation was spending it with my hubby and cousins! Lots of laughs...lots of food...lots of naps...lots of great conversations! We had a b-l-a-s-t together!















Until the next vacay,

3 comments:

  1. Wow, your trip sounds truly AMAZING!! It is our fervent desire to visit Europe in summer 2013, hopefully you can give us lots of guidance! I'm drooling thinking about the cappacinos you described. :)

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