Location: Spain, France, and Italy
Novel in my bag: Saved – Honor Bound Book 1 by Angel Payne
Best of the trip: It had to be in Rome and the Coliseum. It was breathtaking! We also dined at a little hole in the wall pizza parlor where the owner didn’t charge me anything! He smiled and said, “Beautiful American girl!” Of course, my husband wasn’t so lucky!
Worst of the trip: I have to say there were no bad moments. We enjoyed everything!
Foodie Highlights: Two words: Italian Pizza!
This was my second European vacation and I was longing to come back! My daughter flew with my husband and I and she was a trooper! She did great on the flight over and back. Once we landed in Spain, we were escorted to our hotel, in which all three of us slept for about 12 hours. When the morning (night for us) arrived, we readied ourselves for our two-week cruise through Spain, France, and Italy!
We started out in Barcelona and visited Sagrada Familia. BREATHTAKING! There was also Catholic mass happening during our tour. I asked if this was something I could partake in. The guide said no, because I was wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts. Not realizing there was a dress restriction, the guide said, “If you beg you need healing, they’ll let you in.” If the purpose for worship is salvation, I didn’t want to lie to get in! I wanted to see the church to compare what I experienced in France three years prior, but oh well.
Next we visited Marseille, France. The excursion we took brought us to an old Catholic church that had art on loan from the Louvre museum in Paris. Some of it dated back during the time of Jesus. It was hard to believe some of the pieces we were looking on had been studied by others, centuries before us. We walked through former baptism chambers, a beautiful sanctuary with breathtaking stained glass, and many history lessons. I loved every bit of it!
Our next three stops were in Italy were Rome, Pisa, and Pompeii.
If you ever get the chance to go anywhere in the world, visit Rome! Take in the coliseum, the fountains, and the Vatican. The coliseum brought tears to my eyes. I have loved Italian history for many years and to see this in person was truly amazing!
Vatican City is called this for a reason—it’s huge! We happened to tour during the time of mass. Hearing the church bells ring brought silence throughout the visiting square. It was like everyone stopped what they were doing and turned their attention to the front of the city, waiting to see if the Pope emerged. He never did but it was interesting.
Pisa was the next stop on our travel agenda. The leaning tower was an adventure! I recalled the stories and non-fiction literature I had read about this tower, and the underground maintenance performed to keep it from tipping over. The tower was stunning. I highly suggest a visit.
There will never be enough words, or any words, to tell about the feels given to me by Pompeii. When you take in the dwellings, the arena pit, and the homes with bodies that are frozen in time—it brings tears to your eyes.
These people—families with children—were buried alive. I cannot imagine living through something like that. With Mount Vesuvius so far away, how did the lava make it all the way to the city without anyone knowing it was coming? Could it have been the vapors in the air or the smoke that caused everyone to die before the lava even arrived? I guess we’ll never know for sure.
This was a lot to take in, but I hope you enjoyed reading our European adventures!
USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling Author, Julie Morgan, holds a degree in Computer Science and loves science fiction shows and movies. Encouraged by her family, she began writing. Originally from Texas, Julie now resides in Central Florida with her husband and daughter where she is an advocate for Special Needs children and can be found playing games with her daughter when she isn’t lost in another world. For more information please visit her at www.juliemorganbooks.com.
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