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Old 06-19-2013, 01:08 AM   #1
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Magic in the Mediterranean June 1 and our wedding

About us: Susan, age 63, just retired RN, active, cheerful and fun, met Bob, age 62, plant manager, sweet, quiet, everyone loves him. We were childhood sweethearts, starting in 2nd grade in 1957. Bob always loved me. We have a picture of our class in 2nd grade and he is standing right in front of me. He said he always liked the way I smelled. My family moved to the next town when we were in 8th grade and I hadn't seen Bob for 50 years. His father ended up being a patient of mine, and I gave him a note to give to Bob asking him to contact me for the upcoming class reunion class of 1968. His 89 year old father remembered to give him the note, and he called, in 2 weeks I moved in with him.
We had this cruise planned since January. On May 1 he proposed, and said let's see if we can get married on this ship. I thought there is no way this will be available, but I called, and yes it was. $3000. Ok'd with Bob and it was set for June 2. So I had to get things done quickly. It was enough getting ready for a flight from Pennsylvania to Barcelona and pick all of the port adventures we wanted to take, and find a hotel, but now I had to find a wedding dress appropriate for a woman my age. Fortunately I found a dress on clearance at David's.com and $59! It was beautiful and fit me. WOW..all the stars were aligning.
So, not planning for the flight to Barcelona...we had to get there a day early and stay in Barcelona in order to adjust to the time change, 6 hours ahead of us here in PA. Got USAirways direct flight from Phila to Barcelona for $1350 round trip pp. So, now to find a hotel. I found out that the two hotels that Disney used Hilton Diagonal and Barcelona Renaissance. So I looked on line to see if there was availability and booked Renaissance for May 31 and Diagonal for June 8. Then called the cruise line for transfers and to see if they had a package with room included. They did have May 31 available with pickup at the airport to hotel and the next day transfer to ship. They did not have any rooms left at the Diagonal, but because we were staying at their sponsored hotel, they did have transportation from ship to hotel on debarkation, but we needed to take a cab the next day to the airport. This was my first vacation outside of the USA, and Bob's only experience was Scotland. I was overwhelmed with the difference in languages and felt intimidated by the whole upcoming experience, but did a lot of searching on the boards and reading. So, off we go...
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