But let's back track, shall we?
We arrived at Barcelona's cruise ship terminal after our lovely stay at Hotel Dante.
The terminal was HUGE!! We made it through all the security and porters and luggage drop offs...
Then...we set sail!! Or "gunned the engines". Whatever. We were leaving port!
A fortress at the harbour. Totally spelled that properly.
Some flaggy things that mean something.
Maybe they said "Canadian Hillbilly on board! HELLLLP!!"
Sailing past a smaller cruise ship. Waving like maniacs. For some reason, in our culture, making eye contact is frowned upon, but waving like a circus monkey on Red Bull is perfectly acceptable.
I had a song in my head, though. It went something like..."nyah nyah nyah, we're bigger than youuuuuuu!!"
But then it happened...after wandering around and exploring our new digs, it was time to watch the sun set over the Mediterranean. All my life, I dreamed of seeing such a thing. And here we were, mere mortals, in front row seats watching God paint His love for us across the sky.
Each moment, each second, a new whisper of His glory.
Good night, Father...and thank you!
Our first full day at sea was a bit rough, but we were headed to Civitavecchia, the deep harbour port nearest Rome.
By late afternoon, the seas calmed and I took this shot of our balcony. Yes, the sea is that blue. Yes, Mom said the extra money for the balcony was worth EVERY penny.
Then...it was time to watch God dip His hand in the sun and light the skies with fire.
But, wait!? Where is this??
And Gwen?? I bit my lip so I wouldn't cry like a baby!!
The Number One Spot on my life long bucket list??
Gwen? When I put my hand on the marble, I whispered "Gwennie, this is for you. One day, my friend, you will see this place."
Then it was off to the Vatican. Where these nice Swiss guys get to serve for 2 years as guards of the Pope. They carry their duty with great honour. But it was about 100F, we all felt bad for them!! And right before this photo was taken, they'd posed with about 6 kids. Nice young men, even though they're dressed like, well, umm, anyway....
Hmmmm...come back and see!!