This has been an epic year for my husband Greg and I. I retired from a teaching job that I loved, learned to live with my husband full time, started blogging, traveled extensively and rekindled my passion for photography.
My husband and I have learned the dance of being retired together. He has his hobbies and interests and I am learning to take time to do the things that I love. First I had to figure out what those things were (writing, photography, crafts) but now we give each other space, so that later we want to spend time together. This year our European travels have included Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Amsterdam, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. My husband and I are very different people, he is quiet organized and cerebral and I am spontaneous, outgoing, and attention seeking. But the one thing that we agree upon is that we both passionately love to travel and meet new people from around the globe.
For this blog I decided to include some of my favorite photographs from the year. I hope you enjoy them.
This was a special gift we enjoyed nightly in Rome, our Airbnb was located in a fabulous area with shops, restaurants and so many sights to enjoy.
Sometimes you find you stumble upon a real gem of a restaurant, a family run place with homemade pasta and delicious specialities offered each night.
The location of our Airbnb in Florence was just steps from the Ponte Vecchio.
The sheer size and beauty of David was worth the trip to Florence.
We spent five days in the beautiful area known as Cinque Terre, where we enjoyed the spectacular scenery, hiking and seeing the beautiful cities clinging to the cliffs..
Following Cinque Terre we rented a car and explored Siena and Tuscany.
It was a great pleasure to turn in our car in Rome and board the Celebrity Equinox. No unpacking for a week and we were able to visit some great new places on the way to Barcelona.
After a week in Barcelona we took a flight to Geneva, Switzerland to visit friends and see much of the pristine beauty of Switzerland.
We left Switzerland and headed for a few days in Amsterdam, a city we loved because of its beauty, accessibility, friendliness and rich history.
Next, we flew to London for a few days before we boarded a cruise to the British Isles.
I hope you enjoy seeing some highlights of Europe 2016. I promise there is more travel to come in 2017. I wish you all a wonderful, happy and healthy new year.