I’m baaaack! I’ve missed you all so much while I was gone, but the hubby and I needed some R & R for ourselves with very limited internet time. This felt like a honeymoon, but to be honest, the last 2 and 1/2 years that we have been married have felt like one too especially since we have lived in Europe for that long.
We started our trip in Venice where we spent the night before catching our cruise there the next day. Then, we sailed off to
- Split, Croatia
- Corfu, Greece
- Santorini Island, Greece
- Mykonos, Greece
- Iraklion, Crete, Greece
- A day at sea
Then, we sailed back to Venice where we caught a flight to Rome where we explored before going on to Pompei, then back to Rome for another day since we missed our flight to Germany. We ended up staying in a hostel which was a learning experience for sure! More on that later though. Back to Venice!
It only took an hour to fly from Frankfurt Hahn to Venice. Once we landed, we decided to head out and explore after dropping our luggage off at the hotel…
Yes, I know my eyes are closed, but this is the only one that I have by the Grand Canal. My husband was getting to know the DSLR and loving it at this point.
The wind and humidity was high that night, and the fro took over. I just went with it. When in Rome, err, Venice, right?
The little canals were so picturesque. It was truly breathtaking.
There were steps that led down to the canals every few hundred feet. You could literally walk down into the water if you wanted too.
After walking around for a good two hours, we were starving and stopped at a little cafe along the Grand Canal to eat AND drink. The hubs decided to play around with the camera a little.
Since this was my first meal in Italy since going Vegan and Gluten Free for the month, I was really worried about what my options were going to be. I stayed away from the bread at the table and ordered a standard salad with some polenta squares. I thought we took pics, but I guess we didn’t. Sorry! Maybe it was the amazing wine? When we got the bill, it was over 100 euros. Yikes! We did not see that coming, but I guess the fish that was ordered was really expensive. When we looked at the price, it was per so many grams NOT how much the dish actually cost. Oops. The food and wine was good regardless, but we definitely paid more attention to the menu prices after that.
After eating lunch on the ship which consisted of a salad of arugula, peas, corn, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, olives, black beans, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil and some spicy Indian lentil dish with rice (all of which was TASTY!), we headed to our stateroom. This was actually the standard lunch for me on the ship since these were the only gluten free / vegan items at lunch time.
Absolutely gorgeous! We sailed off into the sunset while sitting on our balcony talking and taking pictures. It was the perfect beginning to our cruise.
Sorry to burst some of your foodie bubbles, but we didn’t take a lot of food pictures on the cruise. We didn’t want to be held down by the camera for every meal, and we just wanted to focus on each other instead of worrying about food shots especially since we hadn’t seen each other for 4 months!
I will tell you that the cruise ship did a great job at catering to my gluten allergy. We met with the Maitre’D of the steakhouse restaurant (haha, that is what Steve wanted), and she went over the entire menu with me regarding what I could and could not eat. They also brought me gluten free bread to eat with my dinner, and brought a flour-less chocolate cake from another restaurant to me for dessert. If you ever go on a cruise, and you have food allergies, talk to the Maitre’D. They WILL help you with everything!