Hello again! I purposely took a break from blogging in August since Frank was home for a few weeks and we were pretty busy on top of working. I can't say if I will be back to blogging (or sharing pictures really, who am I kidding here) regularly yet. I am in the process of switching over to a laptop while we put the desk top in storage. I am NOT technologically gifted so it has been a slow painful process for me.
In the mean time I figured I would share a few pictures from our session with the amazingly talented Natalija Quinn. If you are in the Kanto Plain area you definitely need to check her out.
Please do not share these pictures without our consent. For one I would like to know first, and second I would like our photographer to be tagged in them so people know who did all the work.
We took advantage of our day at sea and slept! I scheduled a spa day as my gift from Frank which included this amazing facial that I wish I could have done weekly! And a "fire&ice" mani/pedi. They use hot stones for the heat part, after all the walking we had done it felt wonderful. The lady who did my mani/pedi was so good that the staff around the boat asked if she did my nails just from looking at them. Pretty impressive.
Yes I was that in love with how amazing she did I had to take pictures of my hand at dinner ha. The picture doesn't do them justice though... they were amazing.
I really can't remember what else we did.. this is why I should have written this up months ago... I know we watched a show after dinner and possibly listened to music that night.
It was the perfect lazy relaxing day. I could go for another one right about now!
Best advice I can give on Naples (this was also the advice I was given and it held true). If you go on a cruise that stops there, do not stay within Naples. Explore the surrounding areas, they are beautiful! Naples is dirty dirty and more dirty. I'm also surprised the port can handle large cruise ships with how tiny it was. Now that that is out of the way...
We chose a half day excursion to Sorrento. So cute! Here are some pictures from our drive there (they are from the bus so they are not the best).
Sorrento was such a cute little town. Definitely a great weekend visit if you are live in the area.
Frank and our tour guide got a long great, they both loved cars and motorcycles. Our guide was also a bit excited that we live near Fuji speedway so Frank talked about that a bunch with him. An added bonus, he was also the funniest guide we had our whole cruise.
After our time in Sorrento was up we headed back to the port. We decided to find this mall in Naples in hopes of doing some more shopping. There is a reason I have no more pictures to share. There was nothing I wanted to take a picture of! We ended up never finding the mall and after dodging tons of garbage walking in circles we decided to head back to the boat instead. I don't think Naples will ever be an option for orders, but if it ever was we would never go into the city. So many beautiful areas surrounding. One day I would love to visit the Amalfi Coast and Capri.
So that is my advice: Stay out of Naples.
Our view driving out to Rome.. and then I fell asleep for the rest of the ride...
I have never seen so many smart cars in my life! There were streets that were all smart cars. We later found out that they are really cheap to insure in Rome which is why they are so popular.
Don't remember exactly what I wished for, but it was basic and simple.
I could not get over how every building looked like a painting! I felt like we were walking through a painting through most of Rome.
These Cathedrals... WOW!
The day we were in Rome was the day they were doing a canonization. Neither Frank or myself are Catholic so it had no significant meaning to us. But it was kind of cool being able to say we were there when it happened.
Since this was going on they recommend that people from the boat not go to Rome since they were expecting millions of people. Frank and I decided to brave it anyways.. and I am glad we did. It was not bad at all. By the time we got to the crowds the event was ending so people were leaving. Tokyo on a weekend is busier. So to us it was nothing.. almost normal. We had overheard some couples talking on the bus back and they were complaining about how packed it was. I almost wanted to tell them to never visit Tokyo then haha.
This was the closest we got to Vatican City. We crossed the bridge and walked along the water of the city for a while.
Rome is a city that deserves at least a few days to really explore. We did however love what we did get to see in the 7 hours we were there. The bus ride back was glorious.. we slept :]