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I’m baaaaaaack!

Thank you dear readers for your patience and support while I took a little time off from blogging. The Complete Package and I took three weeks off to explore Europe on what could easily be classified as the “trip of a lifetime.” Wondering where we went? Okay, I’ll tell you anyway {wink}.

First, we went here:

The Peace Palace - Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands

The Hall of Knights - Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands

Inside the Hall of Knights - Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands

As a special bonus during our week in The Netherlands, I got to meet and spend a day with one of my blog readers, Claudia. Together, we spent a fabulously fun day in Rotterdam. It’s a day I will never forget, and I’ll be sharing more about it in a later post. (Hi, Claudia! Love you!)

Then we went here:

The Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey

Inside the Blue Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey

Shopping at the ancient Spice Market - Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul was a revelation. It has been on The Complete Package’s travel wish list for years. I’ll admit, I had some reservations but I was not going to let them stop me from going. And now that I’ve been? Well, let’s just say I couldn’t have been more ignorant or wrong. Istanbul was fabulous and friendly and ancient and fascinating, and I LOVED it. My heart breaks for the victims of last week’s earthquake in eastern Turkey and my prayers are with them all.

And finally, we went here:

St. Nicholas Church, Bridge Tower & Castle - Prague, Czech Republic

Senate Building & Gardens - Prague, Czech Republic

A Sunset Walk below Prague Castle - Prague, Czech Republic

Prague was gorgeous. There is something lovely and ancient around every corner. I don’t think I’ve seen a better collection of fabulously ornate churches since Paris, and I’m not sure some of Prague’s aren’t better. Take the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, for instance. Holy cow (pun intended). Words can hardly describe it, so I’ll be sharing more photos later. Lots of photos.

Speaking of photos, we took over 7,000 of them in our three weeks away. I’ll need some time to go through them all, but once I do I’ll be posting separate stories for each of the cities we visited and I’ll also be sharing my day with Claudia in Rotterdam.

Which brings me to one last point I want to share. Blogging gives me the opportunity to share some of the craziness that floats randomly through my brain, and I love that you not only allow me to do it, you seem to enjoy reading along. But my favorite thing about blogging, hands down, is the friends I’ve made along the way. You, my dear readers, are why I keep writing. I love your input, your comments and your support. So thank you for sticking with me, for allowing me to take a few weeks off to enjoy some very special time with TCP, and for coming back again and again. I love you more than chocolate. And you know how much I love chocolate.

So stay tuned, kids! I’m going through photos and trying to wrap my head around the past three weeks. Once I do, we’ll be off to the races with tons of photos and stories to share. It’s good to be back!

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