Wednesday, December 16, 2009

oh europe, how i love thee....

this is going to be the longest post EVER. brace yourself. and i took over 2200 pictures (earl helped a little....) so i will try to limit the mass amounts that i post on here. and these pictures will not do europe justice....i tried to take pictures without other tourists in them, do you know how hard that is? So if it looks like these places were empty....they weren't. i just don't like other people in my pictures. yeah, i'm weird, but i just think it looks better. so let me tell you a little about our trip, we were gone for two glorious weeks and went to london, paris, rome, paris again, liverpool, and then london again to come home. it was a lot of traveling around for such a short period of time, but SO worth it.


we did TONS of stuff. like.....
walked through hyde park



saw the princess diana memorial fountain




took pictures with red phone booths




got rained on
went to picadilly circus (and it IS a circus)
saw buckingham palace and waited for the changing of the guard that didn't happen




took pictures with queen victoria





took pictures with beefeaters




went to westminster abbey ("hands down, best abbey ever." name that line.....) and listened to the latin choir




took pictures even though signs posted said not to




ate an "english breakfast" for the first and last time




watched a kanye west video complete with sign language



see the time in the bottom left corner? 4:56? that's 4:56 in the morning british time. 8:56 pm at home. i think it's safe to say our sleep patterns were messed up for a little while, don't you think?


saw the rosetta stone!





went to shakespears globe




went to big ben, the tower of london, and the london bridge






saw the london eye
saw parliament and one downing street
would have died in a pedestrian vs. car accident if it weren't for these words painted on the ground




went shopping at harrods





ate thai food that was so hot it burned earl's little tummy




rode the underground
rode the bus
saw saint paul's cathedral




used pink toilet paper in paris ("with rose colored glasses, only in paris where the air is pink this makes sense...")




took a train through the chunnel....it makes your ears pop a lot




saw the eiffel tower for the first time......and cried.




walked the champs elysees from the louvre to the l'arc de triomphe (its a really long ways)





was surprised with a lovely christmas present from louis vuitton




watched my husband eat 4 giant sausages in 4 days




rode the metro in paris.....and even made friends on them




spoke french
ate french churros




had to get used to the time being 17:30 and 22:00 instead of 5:30 and 10:00 pm
saw the mona lisa




saw the winged victory of samothrace




walked the louvre for over 8 hours





went to versailles and took pictures in the gardens





kissed my hubby on top of the eiffel tower




ate baguettes everyday




wished i could eat paul everyday




ate macarons from laduree





discovered pan au chocolat




fell in love again....
with my husband and paris
realized i could easily live in paris
went to notre dame




found a "rue clovis" in paris!




saw so much gold and painted ceilings it was impossible to count




took pictures of paris graffiti.....angels and the word 'amore' in cursive




didn't get to go inside the musee d'orsay because it was on strike (what the!!)




saw the most ornate, beautiful chandeliers ever




went to the pantheons (paris and rome)





saw the oculus and coffered ceiling!!!




went to the colosseum





saw the roman forum and ruins




stole a brick
saw trajans column




ate gelato





went to mass in saint peters basilica




saw the sistine chapel




ate italian brushetta, pizza, and tortellini






spent euros like air
spoke italian
went to saint angelo's castle




saw a giant communist street riot




saw AMAZING statues in marble and bronze




threw coins in the trevi fountain




went to vatican city




ate the best tiramisu EVER
got a cold
got a severely sore throat from all the roman cigarette smoke
went to earl's mba graduation. (congrats baby! i'm so proud of you!)





froze our bootys off
tried to understand cabbies through their accents
saw a liverpool game at anfield




did an anfield stadium tour and museum tour




saw a liverpool game at everton




got 50 super inquisitive questions from the border patrol lady in liverpool
made a complete indian dinner with rice and naan for 5 pounds!! (i was excited....and it was GOOD!)




sent a postcard royal mail




went to the beatles museum




walked several miles a day
saw so many crazy english signs





we had such an amazing time in europe. i am so thankful that we were able to go on this trip and that my parents housesat for us and taking care of our babies!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like such a fun vacation. I totally miss London and their crazy signs. Did you happen to look at their cigareete boxes? I love their warnings!

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