I spent much of one rainy day, while I was back in Houston, organizing the photos from our anniversary trip. It may be the most documented trip I've ever taken. Culling through over a thousand photos and trying to choose "favorites" is like choosing your favorite child...it can't be done! Looking through them is like taking the trip over and over again and it gets better every time. Every once in a while I have an ache to just go back to Croatia. But I guess you can't go back...or can you?
|Puntalina bar and restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia,|
cold and closed for the season
|Puntalina bar and restaurant |
sunny, hot...and fully booked for the night.
I vowed to come back and I did!
On our second night in Rome the four of us were riding back to our apartment after a full day of sightseeing and walking many miles (over 20,000 steps to be exact). We enjoyed a delicious dinner and decided to give our aching feet a break so we took a cab back to our apartment. While crossing one of the many bridges in Rome I suddenly said to the driver, "Can you stop the cab? I want to get out." I was not ill, I had just looked out and knew I wanted to walk the rest of the way. The night lights were reflecting on the river and the buildings were all lit up against a deep blue sky. It was a picture, or 100, in the making. TJ asked the driver to "pull over now" and we got out. I don't even think he had to ask why I wanted to get out... he just knew! It was a memorable evening stroll.
|St. Peter's Basilica in the distance.|
So worth walking the rest of the way home.
We also met this guy....
|Come on...we had to say hello! |
He has on a UT hat and is doing his best to keep Austin weird
with his skateboard and bottle of wine.
Note the color coordinated hat and shoes.
The next situation came on the island of Korcula in Croatia. I had done my homework and suggested we rent bikes on the island and explore the towns and vineyards via bike. As many of you know, TJ is a very serious bike rider. I....know how to ride a bike. He was very excited at the suggestion of biking! The one day we had to bike was overcast and rainy in the morning. We delayed the ride hoping for nicer weather. The forecast gave us hope that the rain would end by lunch. With the promise of sunnier skies, we went and rented our bikes from the local shop. I did protect my camera in plastic and we both brought rain gear. The blue skies were in the distance....
|In spite of the lovely blue sky ahead of us....we were getting drenched!|
|Blue skies are coming...I just know it!|
|Why are we still smiling? We made it!|
|We were rewarded for our efforts!|
As for us two married folks...I love that he is more than happy to get out of the cab and walk along enthusiastically with while I take hundreds of photos of city lights and bridges. He says he loves that I am willing to get soaked on a bike for the sake of a good ride and some spectacular views. We both give a little and we both get a lot...that's how you make it 40 years in this thing called marriage.