Oh, where do I begin?
The last time I wrote, I was embarking on a journey to Europe and was sipping on a cup of espresso in France, waiting for my connecting flight to Barcelona.
I’m going to share the tale of my adventures in Europe through words and pictures. The words are excerpts from emails I sent to my family and friends while abroad. I think it does a good job of capturing my feelings at those very moments.
Paris, September 9: Email to mom
Chilling at airport in Paris. My flight doesn’t leave for 3 hours – slight delay – so having an espresso & croissant. And yes, I could taste the butter!
I don’t think it has officially sunk in yet that I’m in Europe! Looking forward to a nice shower tho!
Barcelona, September 9 (later that day): Email to parents and brother
At my “apartment” that I rented for a couple days. It is really nice!
And the most random thing happened at the Paris airport. I was chatting with a girl from New York online – – she randomly got online behind me – – and we got to talking and it turns out that she is from Lincroft and went to Middletown South! She is 32 so we wouldn’t of known each other, but we thought it was really funny that we had to go all the way to Paris to meet someone from the same hometown.
I am going to shower and get some food and rest. Today is my reading day. Will hit the town tomorrow!
Rome, September 14: Email to close friends and family
Greetings from my happy place – Rome. I haven’t felt this content and at peace in years. The people in my cruise group are fabulous & I’ve made a lot of friends.
You guys are going to laugh but the first night, I got propositioned by a 67 year old man from north Carolina. Yes, “propositioned.” Everyone keeps making fun of me for it! No, I did not accept the offer. He said “no strings attached.” He could be my father!
Yesterday we spent the day in Positano, Sorrento and Pompeii. Since I’d seen Pompeii before, I sat and had a coffee with an 85-year-old man from my group. I hope I’m on a European cruise when I’m his age! He is an attorney – still working – and we talked politics (he’s a republican for Hillary), socialized medicine, you name it. The tour guide gave me a big kiss for taking care of John. I enjoyed it!
Today I’m wandering Rome. I walked my 10,000 steps in 2 hours! Now I’m relaxing at a cafe near Piazza del Popolo on my way to St. Peter’s.
Tomorrow I’m going with the group to Pisa and Florence. I haven’t been to Florence in a long time so it’ll be nice to see it again & experience it through my new friends’ eyes – many of the people in my group have never been.
After Italy we head to southern France. I booked a trip to Nice & Eze upon the recommendation of my colleague. Then onto Marseille and back to Barcelona. Now I’ll have people to hang out with in Barcelona.
Somehow I got a free drink package on the cruise so I’ve been enjoying a lot of free wine! There is a Cirque de Soleil tent on the ship so a group of us plan to do that one night.
That’s pretty much it. Off to stroll some more! Ciao.
Cannes, September 16: Email to close friends and family
Hello from France. Traveled from port in Cannes to Nice & Eze today.
In the last few days I’ve walked about 30 miles! Not looking forward to sitting behind a desk again. Ate a crepe with Nutella today. Ok…maybe 2 of them 😄
Marseilles, September 17: Email to college friend Jen after spending the day with her longtime pen pal, Lucille
It’s like we’ve known each other for years!! I think Lucille & I both know you so well. I filled her in on your life!
Lucille, please come visit us.
Barcelona, September 18: Email to mom
Sad to come home (followed by many sad-face emoticons)