We're Back!

We just returned from a European cruise with my parents. My father warned us that weather in Europe might be a little iffy this time of the year. But since my parents spend their summers in Alaska, this was our first and only opportunity. After our cruise, the Carnival Breeze was making its transatlantic journey to its new home port in Miami. 

The weather deteriorated quickly and we sailed past our first port, Monaco. A medical emergency with one of the passengers forced us to backtrack while a Coast Guard helicopter and boat accompanied us until they were able to safely transfer the patient. When hubby returned from investigating, I teased him that he just couldn't leave work behind.

What was originally scheduled to be three sea days turned into six, and seven ports into five. We could have grumbled about the change in itinerary, but why blemish a wonderful experience with some amazing memories? Check these out: 

The peaceful, serenity of Croatia's coastline.

Lunch at a quaint little pasta restaurant tucked into an alley in Dubrovnik's Old Town.

A breathtaking drive through Tuscany. And yes, it's as beautiful as the movie.

That first creamy bite of cannoli and sipping espresso in a Sicily cafe. Mom and Dad chose granitas.

The magnificence and history of the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain.





Precious time with my mom and dad. We celebrated Mom's birthday on the cruise. Here's our dining crew singing to her.


What about you? Do you treat life's twists and turns as an adventure?

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Fiction Faith & Foodies: We're Back!

Friday, November 9, 2012

We're Back!

We just returned from a European cruise with my parents. My father warned us that weather in Europe might be a little iffy this time of the year. But since my parents spend their summers in Alaska, this was our first and only opportunity. After our cruise, the Carnival Breeze was making its transatlantic journey to its new home port in Miami. 

The weather deteriorated quickly and we sailed past our first port, Monaco. A medical emergency with one of the passengers forced us to backtrack while a Coast Guard helicopter and boat accompanied us until they were able to safely transfer the patient. When hubby returned from investigating, I teased him that he just couldn't leave work behind.

What was originally scheduled to be three sea days turned into six, and seven ports into five. We could have grumbled about the change in itinerary, but why blemish a wonderful experience with some amazing memories? Check these out: 

The peaceful, serenity of Croatia's coastline.

Lunch at a quaint little pasta restaurant tucked into an alley in Dubrovnik's Old Town.

A breathtaking drive through Tuscany. And yes, it's as beautiful as the movie.

That first creamy bite of cannoli and sipping espresso in a Sicily cafe. Mom and Dad chose granitas.

The magnificence and history of the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi Fountain.





Precious time with my mom and dad. We celebrated Mom's birthday on the cruise. Here's our dining crew singing to her.


What about you? Do you treat life's twists and turns as an adventure?

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10 Comments:

At November 9, 2012 at 7:31 AM , Blogger Susan said...

Beautiful pictures! And way to have fun instead of grumble. Those memories you made with your parents are so much better with smiles:) So glad you had safe travels!

 
At November 9, 2012 at 7:58 AM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Thank you, Susan. We had so much fun. Now if I can only sleep normal hours again. Appreciate your visit. :-)

 
At November 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Angie Arndt said...

Oh! It looks like so much fun! And yes, it's much better to make the best of a situation than expect the worst. So glad you had a good time with your parents -- who look darling, by the way! :)

 
At November 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Fun, educational and enlightening. Europe has so much history compared to America. We're relative babes in comparison.

Thank you, Angie.

 
At November 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM , Anonymous Patty Froese said...

Looks like a fabulous trip! :)

 
At November 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM , Blogger Dawn Kinzer said...

Thanks for sharing the pics, Dora! It looks like you had an amazing time, despite the unplanned event. :-D

 
At November 10, 2012 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Myra Johnson said...

What a great trip!! Brought back memories of our visit to Italy several years ago!

 
At November 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Indeed it was, Patty. Thanks for visiting. :-)

 
At November 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Definitely! Already making a list of more places in Europe we'd like to visit.

Thanks for stopping by, Dawn.

 
At November 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

And what a fantastic trip you have planned for next year! I can't wait to see your pictures and hear your stories. I'm so excited for you, Myra. :-)

 

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