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Reflections on warmer times: The Honeymoon

In this, the eternal winter, which is finally starting to thaw (I think…I hope!), it is necessary for the soul to think about warmer, sunnier times. So I present to you some highlights of a time that was exceedingly sunny and exceedingly warm…our honeymoon in the Mediterranean, nearly two summers ago. I also realized I have never disclosed the pictures to the public, because they were on my dad’s camera mostly, so here we are!

Tom surprised me with the whole honeymoon. We went on a cruise that took us through the Mediterranean, stopping first in Venezia:

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Weary but happy travelers

Weary but happy travelers

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The green dome is Santa Lucia's

The green dome is Santa Lucia’s

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St. Mark's

St. Mark’s

A beautiful sunset gondola ride

A beautiful sunset gondola ride

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Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

Crusin'

Cruisin’

Our ship, the Holland America, with Tom for some perspective

Our ship, the Holland America, with Tom for some perspective

The next day we sailed to Dubrovnik, on the gorgeous Croatian coast:

The water was absolutely amazing. We snorkeled at the beach and saw so much underwater life!

The water was absolutely amazing. We snorkeled at the beach and saw so much underwater life!

View from the boat

View from the boat

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Ancient cloister in the city

Ancient cloister in the city

Next up were three Greek islands, the first of which, Corfu, was the most well-preserved ancient little village:

Old fort in the background, and more beautiful water

Old fort in the background, and more beautiful water

Winding streets

Winding streets

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Argostoli, mostly a beach town:

We pretty much hung out here all day...

We pretty much hung out here all day…

And we saw these enormous sea turtles near the dock on our way in!

And we saw these enormous sea turtles near the dock on our way in!

Last of the Greek islands was the famous Santorini:

Perched on the top of the caldera...shall we take donkeys or a cable car up??

Perched on the top of the caldera…shall we take donkeys or a cable car up??

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Catania, Sicily:

Ancient amphitheater, still used today

Ancient amphitheater, still used today

Inside a beautiful, but sadly defunct church. That red rope was the line we couldn't go past.

Inside a beautiful, but sadly defunct church. That red rope was the line we couldn’t go past.

Just a few of the tasty sights at an open air fish market we stumbled upon...

Just a few of the tasty sights at an open air fish market we stumbled upon…

Sea urchins!

Sea urchins!

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We also hired a car to drive us up Mt. Aetna...said car had no AC and the very windy roads were a little ick, but beautiful views awaited!

We also hired a car to drive us up Mt. Aetna…said car had no AC and the very windy roads were a little ick, but beautiful views awaited!

Craters!

Craters!

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Then Naples, where we spent a half day in Pompeii, but were too tired and sweaty to tour Naples at all…

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My intrepid explorer/Roman Empire expert

My intrepid explorer/Roman Empire expert

The next day, possibly our very favorite, was none other than Rome. Little did we imagine we’d be there just one year later!!

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We found a marker for the exact center of the courtyard...

We found a marker for the exact center of St. Peter’s

And then as Tom stood on it, a very eager group of tourists see it too, and began to swarm him

And then as Tom stood on it, a very eager group of tourists saw it too, and began to swarm him

Enjoying a leisurely lunch on a side street somewhere

Enjoying a leisurely lunch on a side street somewhere

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On the Bridge over the Tiber, with Castel St. Angelo in the background

On the Bridge over the Tiber, with Castel St. Angelo in the background

Our next stop was the port “close” to Florence, meaning two hours away… so we opted for a closer day trip to Pisa, which neither of us had visited.

Thar she be-- you're welcome for NOT taking any obnoxious pics

Thar she be- you’re welcome for not taking any obnoxiously posed pics

Killing time in a cafe. Tom takes stealthy photos of me in a heap of exhaustion (heat, early pregnancy symptoms...)

Killing time in a cafe. Tom takes stealthy photos of me in a heap of exhaustion (heat, early pregnancy symptoms…)

And our final destination was a day in Barcelona. We had a great tour of the city and then spent a few hours wandering around before taking a quick flight to Madrid overnight, and heading back home the next morning.

Gothic cathedral in the city

Gothic cathedral in the city

A view of Barca from the top of Mt. Juic

A view of Barca from the top of Mt. Juic

Inside Sagrada Familia, Guadi's masterpiece!!

Inside Sagrada Familia, Guadi’s masterpiece!!

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Oh and of course, there was a bit of this while onboard the ship:

Fancy, delicious dinners

Fancy, delicious dinners

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High tea on our little verandah looking over the ocean

High tea on our little verandah looking over the ocean

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And plenty of sunshine lying out on the many decks of the ship. It was such a lovely and easy way to travel to several countries at once and see so many beautiful sights, without having to pack and unpack more than once. We highly recommend cruising in that part of the world, though if you could ever do it in the fall or spring, you might have more energy to make it through the day trips without being scorched to death. But that heat sounds really, really great right about now…

PS- I chose the best pictures (in my opinion), but if you want to see them all, you can go to the photo site here.

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7 thoughts on “Reflections on warmer times: The Honeymoon

  1. ahhh!!! It looks like an amazing trip. I have been working on a photo book with our honeymoon pics so it’s so exciting to see yours! I so want to go to Dubrovnik and Barcelona! Maybe we’ll have to make it a cruise one day. πŸ™‚

    • Don’t worry, MJ, I still haven’t printed out a single one OR made a photo book! I really need to. :/ I loved your pics though, at least you got them up on FB in a timely fashion πŸ™‚

  2. Or how the rich and not so famous honeymoon…………………..great pictures……………finally! πŸ™‚

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