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Europe Photo Book Completed !

My photo/ scrapbook from our European vacation.:
It took me over a year to complete this photo book.  I used to purchase albums, paper, stickers, and all of the other paraphernalia that goes along with scrapbooking but the cost had become overwhelming.  I decided to do digital scrapbooking and started researching publishing companies. Mixbook had the best reviews and what I thought was the most professional looking finished product.
 That was several books ago and I just got in my newest book in the mail yesterday.  I am beyond thrilled.
I have one wedding book and the others are travel books.  These books make the perfect gift and I’m currently working on a wedding album for my nephew and niece.
The books will hold up to  300 pages.  My Europe book has 261 pages so that gives you an idea of how thick a book they can create.  Most of my books are only be around 50 pages.
If  you print your photos for scrapbooking, you know how expensive it can be. My local Walmart charges $2.84 for an 8×10 so multiply that by 261.  With sales tax, the cost would be $811.66.  I can have a professional looking, hardback, bound book for a fraction of that so it is such a cost effective way to go.
If you would like to see my personal albums, you can check out my Europealbum  HERE. You can also check out my Jamaica album HERE.

Toulon, France

Toulon, France

 Toulon, France

 The third stop on our  cruise was in Toulon, France.   This was one of those stops where we had a guide book in hand as we left the ship.  We walked to the bus stop and looked for the bus number the guide book said to take.  There was no such bus number and we couldn’t find anyone that spoke English though we did have a French man try to help.  We finally gave up and  decided  to just explore the town.  I can’t say I didn’t enjoy Toulon because I did but we decided the we would spend the money and take guided tours for the rest of the cruise.  We had spent to much time and money to get there and not see what we wanted to see.

Toulon, France.We had a blast shopping with the street vendors.  We ended up purchasing some scarves and sweaters since it was cool that morning and we hadn’t worn our coats.

Toulon, FranceThis church was beautiful and the doors were open so we were able to look inside.  Like most of the churches we saw in Europe, it was beautiful.

Toulon, FranceOf course when  you are in France, you have to stop by a bakery.


Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco 1The second stop on our Mediterranean cruise was Monte Carlo, Monaco.  I had read that we would be able to see the city from the ship but I wasn’t prepared for the site that lay before me as arrived on deck for breakfast.  It was beautiful, espeically the very large yacht next to our ship.


Eze Village, France

Eze Village, France

One the second day of our cruise we docked in Monaco.  My daughter had chosen to visit Eze Village, France while we were in port..  I had never heard of Eze Village and had done no research on it before we left.

Let me back up a minute in case this is the first post you have read about my European vacation.  My daughter is a history major and she has wanted to go to Europe since she was a little girl so I let her choose most of the places that we would explore throughout Europe.  I only had two places that I wanted to go which was Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. She worked for weeks researching all of the countries we would visit and planning out what we would be able to do in the time we had in each port.  All I had to do was sit back, relax, and let her lead the way.  As you will be able to see from all of the photos I have been posting, she did a fantastic job.  Her hope is to one day lead college kids through these countries and allow them to immerse themselves in other cultures.  She is also  certified to teach  High School English  and feels it’s important for students  to be able to see the places that they spend so much time studying .

Eze Village Of the 16 days we were in Europe, it only rained in Monaco.  We were very lucky since we were there the first of March.  It started pouring about the time we reached Eze Village.  Even though I had to take pictures while my daughter held an umbrella over the camera, it was my favorite place to visit and is at the top of my list of places I would love to see again.  Everyone time someone ask me what my favorite place was, I always tell them Eze Village.

If you are going to be in Monaco and would like to visit Eze, you can catch a bus and it will carry you directly there.  The buses run regularly so you shouldn’t have a very long wait.  I’ll try to post about bus numbers and costs and soon as I go through all of my notes.

Eze  Village

As you can see by the photo above, it was pouring rain.


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