9.25.2011

Day 14-I'm Going Home

We left London today.

Sad day.

That's all I can say.

The end.

Day 13-The Globe Theater

We got up a little early to call the Globe Theater for the 2:00 show of Much Ado About Nothing and they had seats! YAY! So we headed to the theater to get the tour and see the exhibition, very cool.  Then we got to watch Much Ado About Nothing IN the Globe Theater IN London!  Kyle and I agree that this was by far one of the best experiences of our trip.


So beautiful.

They did all they could to recreate it with the same means used in its original construction so there are no nails only wooden pegs to hold it together.  Its absolutely beautiful and amazing to be in.



This was the view from our seats.

The show was AMAZING! It was a great way to end our trip.  The actors don't really have a choice and have to interact with the audience and the elements since the theater is open and the audience is visible as well.  There were a couple times during the show that a helicopter went over the theater and all the actors, as if rehearsed, stopped and slowly looked up.  The first time it was very much a, "what the heck is that?" type of look and the second time it was very much like," Really? Again?!"  It was brilliant!


We headed back to the hotel for a bit then met up with Julia and Jason for one last dinner together before we leave tomorrow.  They were very gracious to treat us to dinner and we had a good time experiencing new foods and great conversation, as is the case with Julia and Jason.

We leave tomorrow.  It has been such a great trip.  
6 years in the making and not one minute of the trip has let us down.

Day 12-Busy Day & New Friends

We did a lot today.  We visited the Tate Modern and while I'm not a huge abstract artist fan I do appreciate some of the items on display.  For example there was this pile of sunflower seeds but they weren't actual sunflower seeds.  They were carved out of porcelain, well here...




Crazy right?! I wouldn't typically get all excited about a pile of sunflower seeds but the reason the artist used this medium and why they used sunflower seeds and why they had so many of them, it's brilliant.  It's not as if the artist just wanted to make a bunch of sunflower seeds because it would be fun.  The artist had a reason and a purpose for everything in the display.

After the Tate Modern we headed to the Globe Theater.  While we were there we thought it would be fun to see the exhibition and take a tour of the theater.  Looking in to it we found they were no longer doing tours of the theater itself because they had a performance that afternoon but the theater tours usually go from 9 - 12 so we decided we'd head back tomorrow.  We happen to take a look at the performance schedule as well and saw that tomorrows performance was Much Ado About Nothing so we asked the ticket office if they still had some seats available.  No go for today but she suggested we call back tomorrow around 10:30.  We'll see how it goes.

Since we didn't do the tour at the Globe we headed to H&M to do a bit more shopping.  I know, I know, we have H&Ms in Minneapolis but the volume of selection we have compared to here is so minimal.  We bought a couple items, lost track of time, and headed out to meet our new friends Amy and Michael.

Amy and Michael are great!  No joke! They were so nice to invite Kyle and I over for dinner with hardly knowing us.  Amy was one of the other bridesmaids in Julia's wedding and we had some good times.  The fun only continued at table 2 when the boys joined us.  We had such an excellent time with them for dinner at their flat.  Amy cooked a fabulous meal and the conversation was perfect.  We wouldn't have been upset if we got stuck there.  Anyway, Amy and Michael have already started to assist us in moving to England.  Love it!

Only 2 days left!

9.24.2011

Day 11-Paris

Today was the day for Paris.  SO glad we went.  We left London around 7 in the morning, almost missed our train, and arrived in Paris around 10.  One thing we learned while in Paris, they don't believe in public toilets.  IF they do have public toilets, they charge you to use it.  More on that later.

So we arrived around 10 and started our walk around the city almost immediately.  I had to get some coffee first.  One of our first photo ops was at Square de Montholon.  It's just a cute little park, like they have over there, with a beautiful statue.


We then stopped by Eglise Saint-Augustine de Paris (Church Saint Augustine of Paris).




Isn't it beautiful!?!

We then tried to head down Avenue des Champs Elysees to see the Arc de Triomphe but unintentionally went a different way which still landed us at the Arc de Triomphe which is really all that matters.

 


From there we saw the Gardens of Trocadero (Jardin du Trocadero), the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid (Musee du Louvre which we lovingly refer to now as the MOOSE du LUVE! Or in English, the Moose of Love. LOL!!!!), and Notre Dame Cathedral.  There are lots more pictures so just here. :)



Look at the stud I found again.





Kyle said, "I thought it would be bigger.  Epic fail." 
Joking! He's next to one of the small ones.

 


We enjoyed lunch at L'Obligado after we saw the Arc de Triomphe and they were very nice to us since we hardly spoke French.  We took advantage of the toilets there.  Since we were patrons we figured there would be toilets to use.  So I walk down to the toilets and there is one vanity and three stalls, two with doors.  The first door is marked for women and has a coin slot to use the toilet.  The second one has a door marked for men with a regular toilet, no coin slot, and the third stall has no door and a urinal.  What the....?!  So the women have to pay to use the toilet and possibly watch the guys use the urinal?!  I'm sure the authorities will come after me because I took advantage of the fact that the guy stall with the door did not have a coin slot and did my business as fast as I could before anyone else came around.  Whew!

Anyway, very weird.  After lunch we saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, a bunch of other stuff, and Notre Dame.  The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, the day we were there, which was a good thing because we likely would have spent the entire day looking through there had it been opened.  The great thing about Paris, ignoring the fact that you can't find a public toilet, is that every corner you turn there is something beautiful there!  I like how Julia put it.  The French don't really care what they do or how they do it as long as they look good doing it and its so true!  The city is so beautiful.  We're so glad we went.

Part of the fun about running in to random statues and monuments and whatnot is that you have no idea what you're looking at but it sure is gorgeous.  We would take a picture, then one of us would say to the other, "What is it?"  The other would reply, "The Monument."  Remember The Monument in London? (For a refresher check out If You Don't Have An iPhone, You Don't Have An iPhone.

We got back to our hotel in London around 11 and got to Skype with the kids and my parents.  It was great to see them for a bit.  I forget how hilarious they are sometimes.

Only 3 more days of Holiday then its back to the real world.

To see all our Paris pictures (we took just shy of 200) check out the Facebook album.

9.19.2011

When the 'rents are away, the kids will play

While Kyle and I enjoy London, and Paris tomorrow, the kids have been well looked after by Auntie & Uncle Rob, Aunt Deb & Uncle Stan, and Grandma Vicki & Grandpa George.  Look at all the fun they're having without us!

 Craft time with Aunt Deb & Uncle Stan.



 They even got ice cream IN the car!





Miss Ellianna.
My mom MADE this dress.  She can match Felicity now.

And Sheriff Woody of course.

Tea time in Colorado. 

Aren't they the cutest?  I'd say that even without spending a week and a half away from them.
Love you kiddos!

Day 10-Markets & Museums

Today was the day for markets & museums.  Since I wasn't able to give proper attention to the Covent Garden market we went back today.  Dad, I found a shop you would have loved!

We got to battle through loads of people because this week is Fashion week so the Covent Garden/Soho area was slightly busy.  We're so cool that way.

After surveying all the antiques, it was antique day, we headed over to the British  Museum.

This was our view for lunch.

The Rosetta Stone. I know! It's not JUST a language program!


That was pretty much the extent of our day.  Pretty laid back and easy.  We got some ice cream on the way back to the hotel as well and enjoyed dinner in tonight.  

Nice and quite since tomorrow, well tomorrow is Paris.

Day 9-If You Don't Have An iPhone, You Don't Have An iPhone

After a busy day yesterday for the wedding Kyle and I slept a bit later than usual and enjoyed wandering with only small plans for the day.  I took some of my favorite photos today.  We visited St. Paul's Cathedral for real this time, not like the Midnight Vintage Walk.  Then saw the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge.  Yet again it was a beautiful day.  I'm making up for the posts earlier with no pictures so enjoy them now!










This is the closest we got to "being in our map."  See how its upside down.

"The Monument."
Kyle saw "The Monument" on our map and wanted to see what it was so we stopped by.

It's a monument for the fire that took place in 1666.

We walked by "The Walrus and the Carpenter."
"Little oysters! Little oysters!"

The Tower of London and surrounding area.






Walk home in the rain.
The Victoria, one of our local pubs where we had dinner tonight.
Kyle enjoyed some fish and chips while I sampled the bacon burger.  It was delicious!  Off to another night of rest.

We were on the Tower Bridge trying to take a picture of the two of us together since we don't have many of those from this trip.  After about 3 attempts I realized that my handy iPhone has a front facing camera.  You know what they say, if you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone.