Marseille, France – Sailing Into the Sunset, Back to Spain…..

Our last night on board the MSC Magnifica started with a beautiful sunset. That evening we would sail from France back to our starting point of Spain….. Enjoying the sunset…. Seagulls around the ship: We hit the outdoor hot tub as the ship left port… We truly enjoyed the cruise….the locations and the ease of…

Marseille, France – Walking Around….

The Sights: The Tastes!!!  I had a pistachio macaroon…it was a bit dry…  😦 I bought a mille feuille and the croissant with cheese, ham and béchamel sauce! SO GOOD!!! Lunch!! Salmon pasta in cream sauce, creme brûlée and a cappchino!!! It was time to say goodbye to Marseille….time to head back to the ship!!!!…

Marseille, France – Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles

We came upon the Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles, Marseille’s main railway and intercity bus station, after the Porte d’Aix.  Here, and back at the arch, we noticed what appeared to be an above average amount of young men hanging around.  Difficult to articulate…it was just the vibe, the shady energy that we noticed….and was confirmed when…

Marseille, France – Porte d’Aix

This triumphal arch, the Porte d’Aix was inspired by Roman triumphal arches and constructed between 1825-1839. It was a very cool to find as we started making our way through the city! View from the arch: S, xo

Marseille, France – Arrival in the South of France

Michael and I woke to the seaside view of the Mediterranean in the south of France at the port city of Marseille. France was a bit warmer than Italy!  🙂 After breakfast we took a shuttle bus from the ship that brought passengers into the middle of the city! After a full day, we returned…

Flying Over Mont Blanc Mountain

Leaving Switzerland, on our way home to Doha, Qatar the pilot announced we were flying over the famous Mont Blanc mountain.  I thought of sharing this because the “White Mountain”, is the highest mountain in the Alps… and very cool! Love, Stephanie ps….lets hope I zoomed in and took pictures of the correct mountain!!!  LoL!!…

Contamine-Sarzin, France

This one night stopover in France, on our way back to Geneva, was a wonderful family visit for my husband to spend time with his niece Cheryl and meet her new family!  Contamine-Sarzin is the hometown of her husband where his family has lived for many generations. This visit was all about the food!!!! Cheryl took…

Paris – See You Again, My Friend!!!

EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN PARIS!!!! Well, here I sit with a coffee, back home in the desert where the sounds of the Muezzin’s call to prayer have replaced the sounds of cathedral bells tolling across the heavens of Paris…. I have truly enjoyed looking over our pictures this morning of our stay in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, we came…

Paris – Day 6 – The Eiffel Tower!!!

Our last full day in Paris was spent at the Eiffel Tower!!!  The weather was PERFECT!!!! Our walk to the Eiffel Tower was as romantic as can be!!  The sun was shining, the air warm with the freshness of spring, flowers blooming, joggers all along the Seine, tourists happy with the spirit of Paris!!! Michael…