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Well, I’m back. Given the great advice not to publicize vacation plans on the Internet, what I didn’t tell you was that I have been on the most fabulous trip. Truly a trip of a lifetime. I’m still reeling from all the sights and experiences (and time-zone differences).  I wish there was space on this blog to really share all the incredible experiences we had.

On May 10, my husband and I flew to Barcelona, Spain where we spent a couple of days before boarding the beautiful Norwegian Epic for a seven-day cruise in the Mediterranean. We spent a day at sea (read “spa”), then had port calls at Naples, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Nice/Cannes, and Marseilles before returning to Barcelona. After landing at Barcelona, we flew on to London where we spent another six days, returning home on May 25.

I can’t even start to describe all the wonderful things we did. The entire trip, from start to finish, was simply incredible. We have been planning the trip for over a year and it was truly the trip of a lifetime. (I certainly won’t have the money or the stamina to do anything like it again!) Just imagine visiting the Coliseum, the Vatican, and St. Peter’s Basilica and Square in one day! (And that was just Rome …)

The really good news is even with the stress of traveling, tramping about hours each day, eating weird stuff and sleeping even weirder hours, the RA remained largely at bay (a concern since I recently went off all medications except an anti-inflammatory).

Oh, and the reason for the trip? I had one of “those” birthdays. You know the ones where the first number of your age changes and the second number becomes a zero? I was so busy having a good time, I didn’t even notice. :-)

It was a wonderful, wonderful trip, but it’s always good to be home. I’ve missed being able to check in with all my blogger friends on a regular basis.

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