The year in review

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.



View of the Vatican at night from our balcony

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.



A wonderful dinner at Alfredo e Ada with a young California couple in Rome

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.


Greg, enjoying a sweet gelato at the end of the day


The location of our Airbnb in Florence was just steps from the Ponte Vecchio.


Pointe Vecchio in the evening inFlorence

The sheer size and beauty of David was worth the trip to Florence.


Michaelangelo’s David

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..


Manarola on the Cinque Terre coast


My attempt at an “artsy” photograph from Nessun Dorma


Trattoria Dal Billy a fabulous restaurant with even better views


I love this photograph of a lovely Italian lady checking out the neighborhood

Following Cinque Terre we rented a car and explored Siena and Tuscany.


Appetizers and wine with views of Siena from our backyard.


Sienna at sunset


Tuscany landscape

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.


Grass growing on the top of the Celebrity cruise ship


View from the hilltop town of Eze, France


We loved the sangria, beer and olives in Mallorca


Street view near our flat in Barcelona


La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece

After a week in Barcelona we took a flight to Geneva, Switzerland to visit friends and see much of the pristine beauty of Switzerland.


“The Void” on Mont Blanc, France


Fabulous times with friends


Sunflower fields in 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.


Greg standing by the canals in Amsterdam


A different point of view


Zaanse Schans windmills

Next, we flew to London for a few days before we boarded a cruise to the British Isles.


The band playing Queens’ “Fat Bottom Gor;s”


Belfast’s famous murals


Falling for Giant’s Causeway with my friend Brooks


Looking up from Giant’s Causeway


Nearing the end of our journey, taking time to snuggle together.


One last stop before we fly home, a lucky detour to Stonehenge 



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.

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  1. Awesome photos – thanks for sharing! Have a blessed 2017!

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  2. It looks like you’ve been having a wonderful time enjoying your first year of retirement. Best wishes for an even better 2017!

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  3. Reblogged this on Cappannelle and commented:
    Wow It is an amazing post. We appreciate what you wrote. We have an airbnb in tuscany!

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