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Whose Life is This, Anyway?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

It's about time happy days came my way. The last few years have been tough, and the proportion of work to play has been grueling. I hate to complain, because it can always be worse. I also hate to brag, because it may not last long. I will try to embrace these good times while they last!

For 20 years I have daydreamed about seeing the Pantheon, Roman Forum, St. Peters, the Castles of Germany, the Ancient town of Pisa, and the Colosseum. I was recently blessed with the opportunity to go with my brother and his wife. I grabbed it! Well, not really. First I tried to tell myself I couldn't go (my boss strongly agreed). Then I told myself it was selfish, especially since Hubby doesn't want to go.

Then...I WENT! Hubby was thrilled~he was off the hook! For 12 days my mind was blown by the beauty and antiquity of these places. I even had a couple bonuses on the trip, like seeing the Statue of Liberty at Newark and the Dachau Concentration Camp in Austria.

Everything is H U G E in Rome!

The Baptistry, Cathedral, Monument Cemetery and Bell Tower of Pisa were more beautiful than the pictures I've seen!

For the first time, I finally understand "the Wall" separating East and West Berlin. Sad times the people of Germany have endured.
The remainder of the wall is behind my sis-in-law and me.

The castles were many and no words can describe. In fact none of my pictures do either, so I bought a book of pictures!

I NEVER thought I would see the Pantheon. I will be forever fascinated with buildings that are still being used when they were built BEFORE CHRIST!

This is only a small portion of my amazing trip. If I am fortunate enough to return to Europe, I would love to spend time in Tuscany or Florence. The Green hills full of olive trees and vineyards were absolutely beautiful. Driving along the Mediterranean coast was a sight to behold for this land-locked lass!
Here is a view of the Mediterranean and Alps as we left for the loooong flight home.

Oh and I haven't even mentioned the F O O D !

There is more good news, where this came from. I'll save it for another day...don't want to overwhelm you!
Check out the perfect welcome home gift from my students. Oh, I love them, so; even if they can't spell my name!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUEAZZI 2/26/2013 9:53AM

    Looks and sounds like a fabulous trip! You may have caught the travel bug! Great pics! Welcome back.

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MISSM66 2/24/2013 8:51PM

    what a beauty, good memory to hold onto, my hubby and I is planning to go there in the summer if all goes well,thanks for sharing your pic with us. emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 2/24/2013 8:42PM

    Thanks for sharing your amazing trip-the pictures are fantastic & you look wonderful & so happy.

( Let me know if you want company next time you go. emoticon )


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ADEWYN 2/24/2013 2:22PM

    wow ! chance of a life time!! good for you!!.. love the pictures Iam sure it was even more awe inspiring to be standing there... wow goo for you! i am glad you went!!!

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HDHAWK 2/24/2013 12:51PM

    I'm so glad you decided to go! Why not? I'm the same way when it comes to school. I hate missing a day unless I'm in a workshop learning something I can take back to class! I've been working most of the weekend on school stuff. It never ends!

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MONKEYJO3 2/24/2013 11:18AM

    Wow! It looks amazing and such an incredible opportunity for you! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 2/24/2013 9:52AM

    Oh how wonderful when we take life and live it

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BYEFATNANNY 2/24/2013 1:29AM

    Ok I still can't type on your pics or your Sparkpage. But beautiful pics. I've been to some of these places and it is so wonderful and you'll have such memories. I'm sorry you DH didn't want to go, but it must have been nice to know he was home with the kids. I'm glad you went, you deserve it. The nice part is you went when the crowds weren't there. In my last life I was a travel agent for almost 30 years, now I work in law and I miss my travelling days. I am lucky I can live with memories of travelling around the world. Cherish your memories. Glad to "talk" to you again. emoticon

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MASRITE 2/23/2013 11:49PM

    What an awesome opportunity you got!! Glad you didn't listen to your boss and you went with your bro and sil!! Loved the pics.

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MKMMARTY 2/23/2013 11:00PM

    This will be a good memory you can hold onto for years to come - thanks for sahring

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