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Danielle was on the phone for 7,5 hours to book the main part of this vacation, the 7-Night Mediterranean Disney Cruise from Barcelona to Barcelona. Just 2 more nights of sleep before it all starts!

The first night we will stay near the Munich Airport in the Holiday Inn Express as our flight with Vueling to Barcelona leaves as early as 9:50am with boarding starting at 9:10am and we don’t like getting up too early during our vacation.

If everything goes according to plan we arrive exactly at noon in Barcelona, assuming everything goes smooth at Barcelona El Prat airport we should be in our hotel around 1:30pm. We will be staying in the Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona which is right across from a large shopping mall and close to the beach.

While we plan on taking it easy we hope to have some time to visit a Tapas Bar nearby for dinner before jumping into our beds early as our 7 day long adventure will start the morning after.

Embarking the Disney Magic is estimated around 12:00pm and we plan on taking a taxi to the port. The first day will be a day at sea, the second day we will be at Naples. In Naples we have an excursion booked to Pompeii. The day the ship docks in Civitavecchia we stay on-board to make sure we are all rested enough to get on land in Livorno to spend the morning in Pisa and to explore Monaco when the ship docks in Villefranche.After that only one day on the ship is left before we are forced to disembark.

But don’t worry the fun isn’t over yet we added some Disney fun at the end of the trip. After leaving the ship around 7am we need to get to the airport where our plane to Paris (Orly) leaves at 12:45pm.

Yes, you figured it out, we are going to Disneyland Paris. After staying at the airport in a Novotel we jump on the Magical Shuttle towards the most magical destination in Europe.

Danielle already started packing our suitcases, she prepared the Fish Extenders for the cruise (it’s a privately gift exchange between fellow passengers on board a Disney Cruise), and she got the magnets to decorate our door.

And Emily? She is trying out all summer items she has, she already packed her suit case twice, and unpacked it because she wanted to play with the toys she packed.

And I? I wrote this blog…

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Day 15: Port Huron, MI > Whitby, MI

Good morning Michigan, goodbye USA! After a breakfast with the famous plastic bag pancake machine from the Holiday Inn Express we packed our stuff in the car and we drove towards Canada.

Unfortunately we don’t have pictures as we weren’t allowed to take any and it was so foggy that we could barely see 50 meter in front of our car.

After paying the 3$ toll for the bridge we enter the border control area. Everything was fine and we passed the border just 10 minutes after we left the parking lot of our hotel.

Emily slept the 30’minutes of the 3 hour drive home and after she woke up we stopped at the first Starbucks we found for a coffee and a restroom break.

Besides a little bit of traffic the drive home went smooth and at 1:10pm we arrived home from an amazing vacation full of adventures.

We drove a total of 5322 km in the white Toyota Sienna. Although it didn’t look entirely white anymore after this trip. That average to roughly 380km a day. In total we had roughly 50 minutes of delays due to traffic or construction along the road, not bad I think.

Also we visited a total of 17 States including the District of Columbia and Ontario in that count, not bad with a 2 year old in the car.

Emily did much better as expected, we did not even use the iPad in the car. During the trips over 5 hours she got a bit annoyed but every morning she wanted to go back in the “Witte auto” (White car). But today she was really excited to go back home to Mama’s Magical Castle! Don’t ask me where she got that from, but one thing is sure her imagination works really well! And she was really excited to come home to this note, she couldn’t stop talking about these 2:

And I was really excited to come home to a fresh mowed lawn is pretty amazing, especially since it was done both in the front- and the backyard! Thanks crazy neighbour!

Mama was less excited as she needed to do the laundry from the last 2 weeks at once!

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