I’mmmmm back!! I had such a blast visiting Sicily, Greece, Egypt, Malta, and Spain that being back in rainy and cold L.A. seems sooooo sad. I’m still jet-lagging, got over a sniffle I caught from the horrendous long flight back, and my father just gave me a 3 day deadline to paint a portrait of his late brother. Yes, back to reality and working. Can I please rewind to two weeks ago?
I’m happy to report my cruise with the family to the Mediterranean went quite smoothly. We didn’t want to kill one another and we didn’t die in a terrible storm like I fear may happen. I am no longer a cruise virgin and do I dare say I might even contemplate on cruising again…but perhaps next time with friends.
The ship we sailed in was The Brilliance of the Seas and despite what it went through 2½ weeks ago, all was fine inside. I did see some of the damage like broken windows and panes but it was all fixed up during our voyage. If you’ve never cruised before think of it as a hotel floating at sea. The Brilliance had 13 decks, a fitness center, a day spa (which my mother treated me to), movie theater, casino, shops, restaurants, etc. Needless to say it kept us busy when we were not at port but sailing. There were also fun activities to do besides stuffing your face with the endless amounts of food. That’s one thing I noticed and that is people ate ALL THE TIME. Thankfully there were only 5 days when we were out at sea and the other days consisted of our excursions. I wished we stayed at some ports longer and I guess that’s one of my complains about the trip, I always felt rushed. We were always on a schedule and the places I really really enjoyed felt way too short.
My favorite places I visited were Rhodes (Greece), Malta, and Barcelona. Rhodes and Malta was absolutely gorgeous and sailing into the port of Malta was surreal. It’s probably one of the most breathtaking places I have ever seen. I was fortunate to stay in Barcelona after our cruise ended and was there for an additional 3 days. I luv luv luv Barcelona and can totally imagine living there. The people are friendly, the food is yummy, and the city is beautiful. I didn’t want to leave and I keep imaging myself back in the city.
I saw many interesting things on this trip and to see what I studied in history books before my eyes was ah-mazing. I shot a little over 1500 photos and between my family and I, we probably have close to 4000 photos to go over.
Here’s just a snippet of what I experienced on my trip, many more pics to come:
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, here’s to a better year filled with happiness and joy!!