Sicily & Malta
Last November (don’t you like how prompt I am with these posts?), I set off on an 11-day Mediterranean cruise with one of my college friends, T. Whenever T&I get together, there is never a shortage of laughter and adventure. It was seriously the best girls trip I had been on in years and we made so many fun memories together – It almost made me forget my hubby was away on business for months! Anyhoo, I cannot recommend this cruise highly enough for a honeymoon – from the impeccable service on the ship (we sailed Celebrity) to the fabulous locations we were able to enjoy, we were in heaven. Details on the cruise itself can be found at the bottom of this post and I’ll be sharing more in the next few days detailing all of the great locales we explored while on the cruise.
After meeting each other in Rome and spending a day there (T&I jetted to Rome together the year before, too – you can catch up on that adventure here), we took the train from Rome to the port at Civitavecchia and hopped on the good ship. The first day on board we stopped in Sicily and took an excursion to see Mt. Etna. Besides being served the best cannoli ever, we were also able to walk around Mt. Etna’s volcanic ring and peer into a volcanic crater. There was also an excursion that traced the footsteps of making FFC’s The Godfather – it was hard to choose between the two.
The following day we woke up in Malta. Yep, we basically woke up to this gorgeousness:
We were supposed to be able to take a tiny little boat inside that blue grotto and explore the caverns but the water was too choppy that day. We were insanely disappointed but we did get to visit the beautiful harbor of Marsa Xlook which had a fun market going on. Lots of fresh seafood, olive oils and salts … and a local specialty, prickly pear juice.
Later that day, before heading back on the ship, we decided to walk around the port city of Valetta, Malta. So, so, so glad we did. It was exquisite and for someone who likes to photograph doors and windows (hi, that’s me), it is/was a true paradise.
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.