We’re back from the honeymoon… and yes, it was amazing

Remarkable, exceptional, fabulous, eye-opening, romantic, and on and on and on – our honeymoon was PERFECT.  We took a Mediterranean cruise, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.  Here are the cities we visited, with (very) short description of our stay there:

  • Venice, Italy.  Stayed overnight in Hotel Arcadia; wandered around before the rest of the city woke up; ate an Italian breakfast at our hotel.
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Walked the city walls; ate gelato; went shopping for souvenirs.
  • Kusadasi, Turkey and Ephesus.  Took a full day tour of the ruins of Ephesus; visited the House of the Virgin Mary and the ruins of St. John’s Basilica; ate traditional Turkish foods in a buffet; watched a rug-weaving demonstration; tried to avoid street vendors and pushy salesmen.
  • Santorini, Greece.  Rode donkeys up the cliff; wandered around Fira; took a bus to explore the city of Oia; lounged and swam at the black-sanded Ammoudi Beach.
  • Corfu, Greece.  Walked to Corfu Town; shopped for souvenirs; ate ice cream and a gyro; swam at the beach.
  • Padua, Italy.  Toured the Basilica of St. Anthony; went on a guided tour of the city.
  • Manchester, England.  Took the train into the city; sat in a cafe and people-watched Sky Ride (bicycle event); went to the art museum; walked around the city.

We had all of the fun we planned and then some – visiting Manchester wasn’t originally in our plans.  We were originally scheduled to have a long layover there, but there wasn’t quite enough time to actually do anything (aside from sleep in our hotel room).  As we prepared to check in for the long flight to Chicago, we were approached by an American Airlines employee – the airline needed someone to volunteer to wait to fly another day, as the flight was overbooked.  Both being educators with a lengthy summer holiday, we weren’t racing home to get back to work, so we agreed.  American Airlines paid for our hotel room, meals, bumped us up to first class the following day (absolutely incredible experience, by the way), and gave us each a $500 voucher for a future flight.  Our honeymoon was extended by a day, so we got to go into the city of Manchester.  What a great surprise ending to a fantastic trip!

If you want the details of the rest of the vacation, check out any of my planning posts in July – I’ve opened them all up to the public.

It was a marvelous honeymoon, but it’s good to be home!

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