Friday Favorites and European Vacation 2019-Part Two

Welcome Back, Friends!  And Happy Friday!  Can you even believe this is the LAST Friday in June?  EEK!  Time FLIES when you're having fun so needless to say-the Slaughters practically missed June by living it up our first month of summer.

I'm joining my girls, Narci and Andrea, for Friday Favorites!  If you blogged, don't forget to link up!  I typically share my favorites from the week, but am still on a vacation high so it's Part Two of our European Vacation-this part is covering our first few days on the cruise ship, the Norwegian Star.

If you missed my post yesterday covering Venice, you can check it out here.  And Shay's sharing Part Two of our trip today as well so be sure to check her post out!

We'd just boarded the Norwegian Star cruise ship on a seven night Greek Isles Cruise when I left off yesterday.  Due to some port issues in Venice, our first stop was switched on night one so we stopped in Bar, Montenegro on Day Two.
We headed off the ship to check out the town of Bar.

We walked around a bit, went into some stores and did a little sight seeing in Bar before we made our way back to the cruise ship for dinner.

He's my favorite.

The next day we arrived in Corfu, Greece.  Let me tell you-this place was GORGEOUS!  We had a private tour guide for our stop in Corfu and he was incredibly knowledgeable.  He answered any and every question we threw his way.  Our first stop was the Achillion Palace, built in the late 1800's.  It was stunning!

Having a BLAST in Corfu!

My very favorite part of the palace HAD to be the views from the backyard!
{Tank, shorts, and shoes}

The details inside the palace were pretty amazing as well.

I'm telling you...Corfu, Greece, YOU ARE PRETTY!

Our guide took us over to this spot where the views were incredible!

I'm sure you're tired of me talking about the views.  I apologize.  I clearly was a fan.

Then we made our way to the Paleokastritsa Monastery.  Since I was wearing a tank and shorts, I had to cover myself.  The views from the monastery were just as gorgeous. 

Two girls all wrapped up in shawls. 

Then we had just enough time for a nice lunch before it was time to board the ship.  Our guide took us to this main town area...again, so pretty!  Our guide told us exactly where to eat.  If you're headed to Corfu, go to Bougainvillea!  The atmosphere was great and the food was DELICIOUS!

We sat outside under a cute little tent.

While Shay and Andrew were serenaded.  :)

A quick change into a romper and swimsuit-then it was POOL TIME!

My handsome date and I after dinner.

Shay mentioned this in her post yesterday, but one of the highlights on a cruise vacation is meeting other people.  It's so funny to me how out of thousands of cruise guests we'd run into the same people over and over.  We made friends, even became part of one group's karaoke skit in the finals, met others for drinks, and simply being greeted in the middle of the ocean by name is so nice.

The next day...we arrived in SANTORINI!!
We were a tad bit excited.  Can you tell?

The ship tendered us to this port area at the bottom of Santorini.  We took a cable car to the very tip top. 

We had another private guide this day waiting for us at the top.

Once again, our guide was incredible!  She took us to the town of Oia and we all four fell in love!

It was the cutest little town with tons of shops nestled into every nook and cranny.

We had a nice dinner before making our way back to the ship.  On the way down to the port, the line for the cable car was super long so we were happy to make our way down the trail.  What an experience!  The trail was full of donkeys who were there to give people rides up and down the steep just imagine what we were dodging on our walk.  :)  By the time we made it to the bottom my legs were SHAKING they were so tired but it was a FUN experience!

It's hard to see but that white stone wall that zig zags back and forth was our walk down.  

Headed back to the ship.

We ended the night on the pool deck at the White Hot Dance Party.  

I said this in my post yesterday, but this cruise was such an incredible way to get to see a lot of different places without packing, unpacking, loading up, etc.  Our bags stayed put and we hopped off the ship to see and do it all in a different city each day.  I LOVED that!  The food in each city was absolutely incredible, as well as on the cruise ship!  

And if you're looking to book a trip like this for yourself, I know some people.  ;)  Mix and Match Travel would LOVE to help you!  Shoot us an e-mail and we'll be happy to send you more information!

Thanks so much for reading today!  Have a GREAT weekend!
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European Vacation 2019-Part One

Where do I EVEN begin with recapping a vacation like the one we just had?  Venice, seven night Greek Isles cruise, followed by a night in Rome with the besties and no kiddos for twelve days?  This trip will be a tough one to top!  We had a FABULOUS time!  I'm gonna attempt to tell you all about it, but if I leave something out-feel free to leave questions and I'll answer those as well.  :)

Be sure to head over to Shay's blog to read her recap as well before I dive into mine. 

A couple things I'd like to start with before I jump into all the fun...
1.  My oh my!  How I WISH I got free trips as a blogger or a travel agent.  The truth is-I do not.  Please keep in mind when you're reading these recaps that we paid for anything and everything we did during this trip.  Nothing was comped, but if you own a resort in Mykonos and would like me to come stay free of charge, please e-mail me  

2.  While part of this trip was for researching purposes {Hello! Mix and Match Travel Agency} the other part was absolutely and purely a VACATION!  You guys know this about me but I'm gonna tell you again...when I get away on a vacation, I want to relax, enjoy myself, and BE PRESENT.  Remember #1 above, this trip was absolutely paid for by us so we wanted it to be just that-a vacation.  Tab feels the same way so while I did try my best to take pictures to share with you {the entire trip was GORGEOUS} please remember this was also a vacation for a married couple who got away for a solo vacation.

3.  Tab and I were Europe rookies!  And let me tell you-a cruise was the BEST way to get to see a large number of places in a short amount of days.  We've been talking about this over and over since we got home.  If you're like us and haven't been to Europe or much of Europe, we HIGHLY recommend seeing the sights on a cruise ship.

4.  MAJOR SHOUTOUT to MY PARENTS!  They were absolutely AMAZING and watched our kiddos the entire time we were gone.  They made it to practices, games, took a trip to Missouri, met up with cousins, hit up the water park, and ON and ON!  My kiddos had so much fun and this trip would not have been possible without them holding down the fort at home.  THANK YOU!!  XOXO

5.  This trip is one we booked over a year ago in anticipation that one day it would finally arrive!  I'd heard over and over how popular this itinerary was with our Mix and Match Travel clients and wanted to give it a try.  {And now I see WHY!}  I'll share a wide variety of the things we did but some are reserved as tips/tricks we share with clients only.  If you're interested in becoming a client, we'd love to help you!  Shoot us an e-mail at to learn more!

Okay, sit back, grab a cup of coffee and get ready for the trip of a lifetime with us.  This was our-CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S FINALLY HERE look.  And please notice my way too big earrings.  Toward the end of these trip posts, my ears were BLEEDING!  #youliveandlearn  #andonlywearbigearringsforashorttime

It's hard to see, but I wore this super comfy jumpsuit on the flight and it was basically like having pajamas on.  Paired it with these earrings which are perfect for a night out but not so much for a ten hour flight.  

My favorite way to pass a flight...reading on my Kindle.

Do we look giddy?  Because we were!

I finally watched A Star is Born and loved it!  

We landed in Rome and had a "Home Alone" moment of running through the airport to catch our flight to Venice.  Our flight from Dallas was delayed a bit.  And I think it's safe to say I experienced my first hot flash.  We had to run from one terminal to another with luggage and you guys when we finally arrived I was a sweaty mess.  

Just a bit later...WE MADE IT TO VENICE!

The sights were something out of a movie.  Every alley and street was cuter than the previous one and I wanted to take pictures of them all.

That yellow building behind us was my very favorite.  Flower boxes on every single window?  Yes, please!

My shirt is sold out but this boutique is where I got mine.  These are the shorts {on MAJOR sale}, and I packed this pair of shoes for lots of walking.

On this first day, we jet lagged our way through the city taking it all in.

We stopped for an afternoon pick me up outside Saint Mark's for some great people watching.  

This entire city was picturesque!  
Every.  Single.  View.

And just for fun and REAL LIFE...I'm not sure what was happening here but thought you'd enjoy!

We had a yummy dinner of....PASTA {Forgot to take a pic} before we made our way to our hotel to get some MAJOR sleep!

We had tickets on Saturday morning for Saint Mark's and happened to walk through the seafood market on our way.  I'm so intrigued by a fresh seafood market.

Then it was on to the fresh produce market.

Day Two of Venice with my love.  :)
My shorts are from Loft {major sale}, top is here, and shoes are here.

We toured Saint Mark's-GORGEOUS!!  And then made our way over to this lunch spot by the water.

Traveling with Andrew and Shay is so much fun!  We had SUCH a great time!

The architecture everywhere was absolutely stunning!

Other bloggers take pictures in front of doors.  We thought we should too.

My earrings are from Amazon!  We spent all afternoon taking in the sights of the city.

Then we ended our evening with a gondola ride.

The gondolier told us where to sit to balance out the weight. ;)

This meal was one of my absolute FAVORITES!  Right on the water...the best views and a CAPRESE SALAD out of this world!

Just four jet lagged Americans making our way back to our hotel.

Sunday morning...this was the view from our hotel.
Gorgeous, right?!

Our transportation arrived to take us directly to the ship.

I was pool ready...can you tell?

Cover-up can be found on Amazon. 

Right after this picture was taken...our sweet driver took off and Tab realized HE LEFT HIS PHONE ON THE BOAT.  I'm so very thankful for the Find Your Phone app.  He hopped in a water taxi and they followed the driver and his phone around until finally meeting up with them to grab the phone.  #clarkgriswoldmoment

We checked right in at the cruise terminal and were ready to SET SAIL!

My beach hat is here.

The perfect way to spend an afternoon.

We enjoyed snacks in the sports bar/grill.

Ready for our first night on the ship!

Dinner with a VIEW!

And that's a wrap for Part One!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part 2 and Friday Favorites.  Also, don't forget to check out Shay's blog to see the same part of the trip from another set of eyes.  Remember if you're planning an upcoming vacation, reach out to us we'd LOVE to help you!  Send us an e-mail at

Thanks for reading today!