In early September ...


... hubby and I sailed our first repositioning cruise on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas, traveling from Harwich, England (near London) to Boston. We picked this sailing because it included a day in Paris (via the port of Le Havre, France) and two days in Reykjavik, Iceland. Both places were on our "to do" list and the itinerary did not disappoint! It was truly an amazing trip (and, at 15 days, our longest cruise to date). We definitely want to return to some of these ports in the future.

It took a while to go through the 3,000+ photos I took, but I finally uploaded some of my favorites to Click here if you want to see where Brilliance took us.

When traveling abroad, I do my best to find a McDonalds in every port of call. As you can see below, I was successful in Paris! Les Frites! Yum!

McDonalds in Paris


Where do all the hippies meet? SOUTH STREET! SOUTH STREET!


Spent the afternoon with my niece Janet visiting the Philadelphia Magic Gardens on South Street in South Philly. Took lots of pictures with my Lensbaby Composer lens (with Sweet 35 optic). Did some thrift store shopping on South Street, then had dinner at the Melrose Diner. Overall great day!

Photos can be seen here.

Magic Gardens in South Philly.
Mosaic artwork by Isaiah Zagar. Photo © Kathy Hand Spear 2012.