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I am thrilled to have partnered with Princess Cruises to share our cruise through the British Isles with you.

Doorways are quite a “thing” nowadays, aren’t they? People photograph them (there are endless hashtags just for door photography!), stage them, and walk neighborhoods just to see them.

Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands - see more at

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While we were in Europe, I was entranced by all the different doorways we saw. From the very simple to the extraordinarily ornate, each door held a charm of its own.

Wee little doorway in Kirkwall - see more at

From the wee little doorways to the soaring arches, beautiful doorways that have stood in some cases through the centuries, there was something special about them all.

While my own front door is a simple affair, my prayer is always that when a friend or stranger walks through my door they will find themselves welcome.

Edinburgh Cathedral - see more at

There are some truly spectacular doors throughout Europe and some wonderfully unique ones as well. I couldn’t resist snapping photo after photo in the different towns we visited.

Rouen, France - see more at

As I walked through many of these doorways, everything from castles and cathedrals to thatched roof cottages in the countryside, I often wondered about the people and the families that have gone through them before me.

Did they feel welcome? Were they coming home or visiting? Did they find rest through this doorway?

Visiting the British Isles - see more at

I’m grateful for my partnership with Princess Cruises and the opportunities for travel that it has provided. However, as much as I love to travel, there will never be any place as wonderful as home.

Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands - see more at

Home doesn’t need to be fancy. It doesn’t need to be anything special by current standards.

When people walk through my doorway, I simply want them to find peace and a place to relax.

Edinburgh, Scotland - see more at

I love that Princess Cruises provides a true home away from home experience while seeing the world. (Albeit a far more luxurious home life than I have at my own home! That’s the fun of a vacation.)

Feeling welcome is important whether you’re at home or away, and no vacation I’ve taken has ever illustrated the spirit of hospitality the way a cruise with Princess does.

The Royal Princess cruise ship is a dream vacation - see more at

From the way your steward greets you by name every single time they see you, to the grins, laughter, and smiles shared with every employee you meet on the ship, a cruise with Princess never fails to make my heart happy.

If you have any questions about cruising, traveling with Princess, the foods, the FAQs, or anything not covered here, please shoot me a note.

And when you do book the vacation of your dreams, shoot me a note and then send me photos or tag me on social so that I can live vicariously through your travels too.

I adore cruising and want you all to love it every bit as much as I do!

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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Princess Cruises to share my travels with you. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information about Princess Cruises and/or to book a cruise visit their website.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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