I’m Back! (With Pictures!)
For those of you who didn’t know, I just went on a pretty awesome vacation with my husband and son, my parents, and my brother and his wife. We went on a Mediterranean cruise, which started in Barcelona, Spain, and had stops in France, Monaco, and Italy. It was an amazing trip and although I’m glad to be home, I was really sad to leave!
I didn’t get hardly any reading done on my vacation, but I was pretty busy doing other things! So here are some photos for anyone who is interested in seeing them! (Warning: there are lots of photos here!)
Our ship, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Photo from royal-caribbean1.blogspot.com.
From left to right, my sister-in-law, my son, me, my husband, and my brother. This is on the ship in front of the H2Ozone, a water park for kids.
My favorite photo from the trip. My husband took this on his iPhone! Doesn’t it look professional?
We would come back from dinner and a folded towel animal would be waiting for us! My son automatically posed with this elephant!
My husband and me after one of the formal dinner nights on the ship.
There was an ice-skating rink on the ship! My son had fun even though he didn’t really figure the whole thing out…
On the beach in Barcelona. My son’s first time at the beach! I love the shadow in this picture!
The beach in Barcelona.
Villefranche, with our ship in the background.
The Duomo in Florence, Italy.
The copy of the Statue of David in Florence, Italy. It’s exactly the same as the original, but still a copy. The original is in a museum in Florence but we didn’t go there.
The Vatican in Rome, Italy.
To get to the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous frescoes, you have to go through the Vatican Museum, which is pretty cool itself. These ceilings were painted to look like they were 3-dimensional, but it’s actually just paint!
Seriously, it’s just paint!
The Colosseum in Rome.
Inside the Colosseum.
My favorite place in Rome: The Trevi Fountain.
Now that you’ve gotten through all those photos, I have a request for you all. In July I’ll be participating in the Vacation Reads Giveaway Hop, and I’ve decided that I’ll be giving away the winner’s choice of a book set in Spain, France, Monaco, or Italy. I know of a few books that are set in these countries, or at least the characters visit there, but I’d love to know of a few more to list for the winner to choose from. (BTW, this giveaway will be international!) I’d like to stick with YA books if possible, but I know there are some great adult books set in these areas as well, so I think I should probably include them. Here are the books I have thought of so far: Heist Society by Ally Carter; Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins; Die for Me and Until I Die by Amy Plum; 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson; Are We There Yet? by David Levithan; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Please let me know if you know of any other novels (preferably YA) that are set in (or the characters visit) Spain, France, Monaco, or Italy. I really appreciate all your help!
Also, thanks to everyone who continued to visit The Overstuffed Bookcase while I was away. If you commented and I haven’t returned the favor yet, just know that I’ll be getting to it as soon as possible! Also, I looked at my Google reader Tuesday morning, and I had 1,872 unread items. I’m sure they were all really awesome posts and I wish I had the time to read them all, but there’s no way I’d ever get caught up with my Google reader. So I had to mark all of them as read and start off on a clean slate. I’ll be stopping by my “read every day” blogs as soon as possible to get caught up, and if anyone else has a post that they’d like me to check out, leave a link in the comments and I’ll stop by!