Spring Break

Hey Divas,

I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling, so I decided to put Devotional Diva on a spring break! I think this will be just for a couple weeks. Hopefully some of you will be doing some traveling of your own around this time, too 🙂

You can still keep up with me on Instagram @devotional_diva where I post quite frequently and Facebook or email me any time: editor(at)devotionaldiva(dot)com.

 

I’ll be back to share about our trips soon!

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Casa di Giulietta — Verona, Italy

Happy Valentines Day, Divas!!

In our last Devotional Diva post, I shared most of our trip to Vicenza and Verona, Italy…

LEAVING OUT THE MOST ROMANTIC (YET FICTIONAL) PART!

I saved Casa di Giulietta in Verona for a special Valentines Day post!

We had to do it. I love Romeo & Juliet. It’s supposed to be where she lived. There is a statue of Juliet, there is her infamous balcony and a small museum. (What I really want to know is where is the pool that Leonardo DiCaprio falls into in the movie version???)

Also — there’s a tomb not far from here. We didn’t make it over there.

While the story is based on two rival families (or so I’ve heard), Casa di Giulietta wasn’t actually where Juliet lived. Juliet wasn’t a real person.

So it’s kind of a silly touristy thing.

But let’s live a little. Let’s be romantic! It’s Verona!

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That’s me on the balcony! Just another Juliet.
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This cobblestone was not made for strollers, let me tell you.
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There must be 1 zillion names and messages on the walls of Casa di Giulietta.
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The entrance
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This is another vantage point. This is the “free” balcony photoshoot. It is not good. I recommend paying the small fee for the museum and real balcony. You deserve to be a real Juliet. Although, if lines are really bad in the summer I suppose it’s an okay alternative.
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There is a little postal box where you can mail letters to Juliet.

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Verona & Vicenza, Italy: Diva Travel Trip Recap

Verona and Vicenza Italy

A couple weeks ago, we decided to take advantage of our current location in Croatia and check out a more northern area of Italy — the Veneto region. We set our sights on mainly Vicenza and Verona. We are going to do Venice as a separate trip at some point. Venice is super nearby, but there is a lot to do!

 

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There were pretty mountains and snow in Vicenza, but no snow in Verona!
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A banana boat!
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We ate at a little diner-style restaurant in Vicenza called “American Graffiti”
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O and his Daddy 🙂
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We walked around Verona and came upon a market (in the background of this picture) and this — those are shackles on the front.
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There was a lot of gorgeous architecture in Verona!
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And also a lot of easily accessible churches.
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This was a gorgeous statue outside of one of the churches.

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Plus, we got some BBQ on the way back.

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Florence Cathedral: Churches Around the World

It’s time for another installment of Devotional Diva’s “Churches Around the World” series! Today we’re taking a look at the Florence Cathedral, which is of course in Florence, Italy (or Firenze as the Italians say!).

The official name of the church is The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore but it is also known as the Duomo because of the glorious domes that make it so iconic.

We enjoyed seeing the Cathedral, and I would recommend it. It’s kind of a must-see in you’re in Florence and not easy to miss! Since we were there in late fall, there was no line to get in. It didn’t take too much time out of our day. It was worth a look inside.

Admission is free. Here is the website for more information: http://www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/cathedral_of_florence.html

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Florence, Italy: Diva Travel

Today I’m excitedly sharing with you photos from our anniversary trip to Florence, Italy! We had an amazing time and it’s my favorite city we’ve visited in Italy so far. And it was really kid and stroller-friendly. We weren’t able to do “all the things” Florence has to offer, because it is A LOT. We chose to do a lot of walking around and saw much of Florence that way.

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The ceiling at the Uffizi gallery — the Uffizi gallery is probably a must-do. I really, really enjoyed it. (It has a large collection of Renaissance art.)
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This is the Tribuna at the Uffizi gallery, which holds some of the most important pieces in the gallery. It had the only line we encountered.
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My most favorite meal of the whole trip — Grilled veggies with melted brie.
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Outside of the Orsanmichele church — I thought it looked really cool. There’s so many cool things to look at that are just OUTSIDE in Florence. There’s so much sculpture. There are a lot of churches in Florence to visit, and I’ll be doing a post a later on of the most famous one…The Duomo!

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We had some time at the end of one night to go into the reasonably-priced (7 euro) Gucci Museo (Museum). It was just a fun little treat for me. It’s not a huge museum but it was really cool to go through. In addition to lots of clothes, they also have on display a Gucci car!
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In one of the rooms in the Gucci Museo, they had three red carpet gowns on display. They were AMAZING.

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Churches Around the World: Berlinerdom (Berlin Cathedral)

Welcome to another installment of Devotional Diva’s Churches Around the World Series! Today we are finally visiting the fantastic Berlinerdom in Berlin, Germany! This is the grandest church I’ve yet to visit in Europe. We almost didn’t make the visit on our one day trip to Berlin since it was kind of jam-packed (see all about our adventures in Berlin here.)

We had already seen a small church at the Berlin Wall memorial, but my awesome husband knew I really wanted to go see the Berlinerdom (named as such for its dome shapes on top). So, he made it work for us and we were able to slip in for a little while before they closed.

Here is the link to the official website! We paid 7 euro each, so it was kind of expensive. But really worth it, I think. There’s a lot to see. It’s a really big and beautiful place.

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Below the church is the Hohenzollern Crypt. It contains the burial monuments of european royalty.
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In the crypt

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View from top. One of the main draws of the great Berlinerdom is the view, but you do have to climb about one zillion stairs to get there!

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My Heart Was Filled Up!

I feel like I’ve left pieces of my heart in so many places. But Iowa is where I have spent the longest amount of time, it is where I grew up, and I still have so many people I love there, so it feels like my true home.

As I mentioned in my post last week, in September, we traveled back to Iowa for my best friend’s wedding (I was a bridesmaid).

Honestly, this trip back home was so much different than any other because I could really appreciate how homey it is. Especially because of the wedding, I reconnected with many more special people.

My heart was filled up with so much love and joy, and I wanted to share that with you today.

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The bride and I have been best friends since 1st grade! We are family to each other, and it was so important for me to be a part of her wedding day. I cried a lot and I’m so glad I could be there.
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Right before the first glance photos! We were all filled with so much excitement!
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I took this photo when were all gathered together about 20 minutes before the ceremony. We could hear all the people shuffling in and we were getting so nervous, especially the bride!
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This is my husband dancing with the bride — so cute.
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This is my princess Brigit snuggling up to me. I cherished this moment as she is selectively snuggly and usually prefers to be alone.
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This is Zero, our elderly kitty. He is doing okay. We are just grateful we could spend any time with him. He was undoubtedly happy to see us again, too.
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Here is O playing with Brigit. They had so much fun playing together! I can’t wait until they are reunited. They’ll be such good buddies. I always knew they would be. It made me so happy to see the joy on his face playing with her.
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My sister-in-law took this beautiful photo of me with my nephew. I love it and him.
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O was so sweet with his cousin and I caught him on camera giving him kisses a couple times.

 

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My Beautiful Iowa

We are back from our trip to the states! I’m so sorry it’s taken me awhile to get back in the swing of things here on Devotional Diva. Today I wanted to share with you some pictures from our adventures in Iowa (where I am from!) There’s more to come, because it was a long trip and I have a lot to share.

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O, his daddy and his first cousin! We were so blessed to meet him for the first time. Also pictured in the distance is a cat stroller containing our kitties Brigit and Zero! They LOVE walks. I will take no flack from anyone about having a cat stroller. In fact this is my second cat stroller.
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The main reason we went to Iowa was so I could be a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding. Here is O arranging some of the bouquets.
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So beautiful, right?
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The weather was so great when we were there. We spent a lot of time at playgrounds! O was in heaven.
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Iowa is really a gorgeous state. Sadly, not long after we left our area ended up terribly flooded! The wedding reception venue included.

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When a carrot crashes your wedding photoshoot.

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Churches Around the World: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Continuing my Churches Around the World Series (why not, right? I end up visiting a church everywhere I go!), today we’re taking a took at the Eglise Saint-Michel church in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

During a stroll with my husband and son, we met a kind lady from Manhattan who offered to take our family picture by this beautiful tree. She and her husband regularly vacationed in Villefranche. After chatting for a bit, she said that she wanted to stop into the church and see if there was anything new going on. She offered to show us around, although it’s a fairly small church.

Apparently there used to be a lot more woodcarvings and things to “look at,” but in recent years, those have sadly gone away. If you’d like more information about this particular church, follow this link to go to its TripAdvisor page.

 

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The tree I mentioned!
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I LOVED THE FLOORS!!

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German & French Food Highlights

As I was going through all of my photos from my trips to France and Germany, I noticed I took a lot of photos of what I ate. Like, way too many too include them in the original Devotional Diva posts that I did about the trips. So, I decided to save them and do a post to include my favorite food photos! Hopefully this is at least interesting for all of the foodie Divas.

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My first experience of real French crepes!
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French wine to go along with the crepes — This was a pretty dry Rose. It was good, and I felt very fancy.
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French Carbonara!
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In Berlin, we hit up Burger Dealer, home to the best burgers in Berlin!
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At the Kieler Woche festival in Kiel, Germany, I stopped for a quick Doppelwaffel and soon got powdered sugar all over myself.
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We stayed at an Air BnB in Germany, and our hosts cooked us this awesome meal our first night. It was so delicious!!
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True German schnitzel with a beer sauce!
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In the foreground of this picture, you can see my husband’s huge steak, baked potato and garlic bread. My plate is in the background, but I got a different steak that was not near as big! Also, Germans are very generous with their sour cream.

 

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