europe 2013 highlights {croatia, venice and denmark}

continuing on in our trip… we’ve hit spain, france, italy thus far….

now we move on to a day in croatia.  I didn’t have expectations of croatia….but it was stunningly beautiful…  the sea, the mountains, the history

croatia

cobblestone

There was a definite mix of wealth and need.   On one end of the spectrum we saw very stylish women dressed well and then an open market with meat and food displayed for everyday purchase.

Something we don’t see in america (gag!):

goat

flowers in croatia

 

but beautiful handmade goods are appreciated everywhere

I peeked my head into a beautiful sewing boutique that had millions of buttons – sigh!

button shop croatia

sea croatia

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after croatia, we landed in venice and left our ship behind 

talk about breathtaking!  we took the water taxi from the port to san marco square (which was near our hotel), left our luggage and started roaming.  what a delightful thing to do….

just explore, just walk, just get lost in venice.  yes please- anyday!!

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we also took a boat across to the islands of murano (glass blowing), burano (lace making) which were lovely and colorful.

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we stayed a night here in venice (our hotel was ok but not spectacular like our boutique hotel in barcelona) but we were barely there with all the exploring we did (& then got up early to hit our flight to denmark)

denmark was extra special since we were able to stay with family and really relax…we took in so many wonderful sights….tivoli gardens with its gorgeous blooms: 

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wildlife (check out how furry that cow is!):

furry cow denmark

where has christian anderson was born:

hc anderson denmark

my first castle (even had a moat!):

first castle denmark

the queens residence with royal guards:

royalty denmark

the sea:

lighthouse denmark

harbour denmark

and of course the little mermaid:

little mermaid denmark

 

that is our trip….thank you so very much for coming along and letting me document it here so I can look back and enjoy it again and again!!

Chat soon -

NORTHERN COTTAGE
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4 comments:

  1. Thank YOU for sharing. Every picture is like a beautiful postcard. We've been to Europe twice and each time I did NOT want to come home. I still think we are crazy for not packing up and moving over. But grandkids will keep you. :)

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  2. No, thank you for sharing it. I loved every minute of it. Can't wait until its my turn.

    Anne xx

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  3. What a fabulous trip.
    This is on my bucket list.
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

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  4. These are spectacular photographs. What a wonderful trip!

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