I really have no idea where to start on these vacation recaps. How do you cram 10 days of fun into just a couple of measly blog posts??
So I’m going to give you guys the Cliffs Notes version. Which is still probably going to take me a week to complete.
Let’s start by talking about the cruise ship.
Our boat was Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.
I’ve been on three other cruises, but this ship was by far the nicest.
It had three pools, including one geared towards the youngest sailors, and one for adults only. It had an entire promenade desk that looked like a mall, which included a coffee shop, pizza place, cupcake shop, and a Ben & Jerry’s! The ship also had miniature golf (Brandon kicked my butt), a rock climbing wall, and a wave rider, where you could body surf or try surfing for real (Brandon did both. I supervised. ).
Each night, we had an amazing dinner.
Some nights were more casual nights.
While other nights were a bit fancier.
And we were incredibly blessed with some really great dinner companions.
Areen and Maria were from the states …
while Brenda and David,
and Sara and Jonathan were all from Ireland!
Dinners were always fun with this group. We also met them for a drink a couple of nights after dinner, because we wanted to continue the great conversation!
I’ve decided Ireland needs to be the destination of our next vacation. Well, if it ever warms up over there!
After dinner every night, there would always be a beautiful sunset.
And when we would return to our room for the night, we were always greeted with a friend!
This little guy was cute, but Brandon wasn’t such a fan of the hanging monkey the following night:
I think he looked a little too real.
The first and last city that we visited on our trip was Barcelona.
We spent two full days in Barcelona. During our first day, we spent most of our time exploring a street called Las Ramblas.
We wandered through a farmers’ market,
posed by beautiful fountains,
and saw plenty of street performers.
On the last day of our trip, we went on a three-hour bike tour.
We saw a lot of things on the tour, including several of the famous Gaudi buildings.
The most gorgeous, by far, was the Sagrada Familia.
This church began being built in 1883. When Gaudi died in 1926, the church was nowhere near completed.
And now, in the year 2012, it’s still under construction!
Can you imagine a modern building taking that long to be completed?? There’s no way anyone would have the patience!
Cheers to an amazing time in Barcelona!!
Well that wraps up Part 1 of our European recap!
If you don’t really care about what we did on our vacation, sorry for boring you these next few days. You’ll survive, right?
Question for ya …
What are you doing this weekend?
Ever been on a cruise? What was your favorite part?
Ever been to Barcelona? Any other cities in Spain?
Anyone else watching Big Brother??
I’m not loving the season yet. I’m hoping it gets a little more interesting soon!