Today I’m excited to finally share the first part of our honeymoon adventure with Celebrity Cruises! I had such a hard time pouring through over 1,000 photos on our camera and deciding how to best share our 2 weeks in Europe. I decided I’d break our trip into several posts – one for each major country we visited and one for our experience on the cruise ship. I’m kicking it off with France. But first, let me start this journey at the beginning.
We had a horrible travel experience getting to Barcelona where our ship was setting sail. We missed our direct flight from Philly due to “weather” here which began a 20 hour race to make it in time. Luckily my nerves were calmed thanks to plenty of wine & movies on British Airways (the best!). We were probably the last people that boarded the ship, 15 minutes before they closed the doors. Then, things started looking up. Our room had a beautiful balcony and there was a bottle of bubbly waiting for us. We were so relieved not only to be on the ship but to miraculously have our luggage too.
After quickly getting unpacked we set to explore the ship – it was so much larger than I could have imagined, being first time ‘cruisers’ we were so excited each time we discovered a new restaurant or bar or place to take in the views! How fun is this grass lawn? We enjoyed a few games of Bocce Ball up there!
The very next morning we were arriving in France. France! I have never been to France and have been trying to plan a trip there with my girlfriends since I lived in NYC many moons ago. I was so excited and this is the view of the sunrise outside of our room. It was so surreal to see this coastline. We docked at the sleepy little town of Villefranche and signed up for a bus trip to Aix en Provence. It was the perfect way to ease our way into the honeymoon – we didn’t have to think much and enjoyed our time exploring the quaint little town and I got to visit a French market where I picked up lavender and drooled over all the cheese.
The next day were in the French Riviera. We had plans to explore the area by train — a stone’s throw from Monaco, Cannes, Antibes… but the trains were on strike so we nixed our original plan and came up with a new idea. We decided to hike around the peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. I’m so glad our plans changed. It felt like we were the only people on the peninsula and the views were so stunning, I can only imagine how packed the beaches and streets would have been with glamorous jet setters just a few months earlier during the summer. We stopped by a local market to get cheese and bread for a picnic by the water and walked over 15 miles. Once we got back into town we sat in the sun and drank Aperol Spritz and ate the best potato chips covered in Herbs de Provence. It was such a nice day!