I just got back from an amazing
trip to Europe!!!! (Hence the MIA posts) My little sister, Audra, and her fiancee, Mike,
planned a 7 day Mediterranean cruise where they were wed in a very sweet and intimate ceremony in the Amalfi Coast in Italy. (Pictures to come soon!!!) I wanted to share a couple photos from each of the ports we stopped at and of course, “a couple” turned into “a ton”. So bear with me! I’m not much of a landscape photographer but I had a blast walking in the shoes of one for a week and I will certainly treasure all of the memories and experiences that my husband and I shared on this trip. I think I shot about 1200 images of all the places and things we saw (not including Audra’s wedding) so I chose the highlights from my European Vacation Collection! I am planning on printing the completed collection in a coffee table book…..I guess I should start shopping for a coffee table 🙂
We picked up our cruise in Venice, Italy…yes, Venice is as romantic as it’s claimed to be!
Our first stop was in Koper, Slovenia
where we took a tour bus to Lipica and visited the Lipizzaner Horse Stud Farm
. I loved horses as a child and this experience was seriously a little-girl’s-dream-come-true! Such beautiful horses!!!
Next up was Split, Croatia in the Dalmatian Coast where we roamed the streets of this lovely port town, snacked on fresh-roasted chestnuts, and toured Diocletian’s Palace.
I think my favorite stop on the cruise as far as visual aesthetics was Dubrovnik, Croatia. This city looked like it came right out of a fairytale! It was built from the streets up in white marble and the walls that surround the city look like a castle! Add the gorgeous teal-blue waters of the Adriatic Sea on which it sat was a photographer’s dream!
We also visited Messina, Italy which is in Sicily. We ate some awesome Sicilian pizza and got a giant canoli. We also toured this beautiful Cathedral and Clock Tower, the largest astronomical clock in the world.
From Messina we took a tour to Tindari where we saw these ancient ruins and toured the Cathedral or “Sanctuary” of the Black Modonna. So gorgeous! Everything that was gold was solid, not just plated.
We disembarked our cruise in Rome, Italy and sadly only had one day to spend there before we came home. We spent most of that day touring Vatican City and then walked the streets of Rome in search of some historical landmarks and pizza. Unfortunately the Colosseum was closed due to a “political demonstration” so we couldn’t even get near it (which was a HUGE bummer because that was the #1 thing I wanted to see in Rome!!!) So I took a picture from afar 🙁 We did toss some coins into the Trevi Fountain, so if legend holds true we will return to Rome and we will be able to experience all that we missed this time around.
This is the Belvedere Torso which Michelangelo used as inspiration for many of his own paintings and sculptures. I just felt this photo needed a little explanation 🙂
This is a hallway dedicated to paintings of maps in part of the museum in the Vatican. I love how ornate the ceilings are and how they went on forever. Can you imaging how long it took to paint these?!
Michelangelo’s first sculpture, the Pieta, in which he was in his early 20’s when it was completed.
And, of course, the Sistine Chapel.
And St. Peter’s Basilica.
I have a million more photos to share, but I think it will have to wait til another time. Needless to say my husband and I had a wonderful experience and this was certainly the trip of a lifetime! (There was one port that I haven’t shared any photos from because it was the port in which my sister had her wedding. I will share the photos from her wedding and the few shots that I got of the coastline in Amalfi in the following posts!)