Saturday, December 19, 2009
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We of course had to see the Tower of London. Many people told me to watch "The Other Boleyn Girl" before going and as disturbing as it was, I'm glad we did. However as we walked around and there were paintings of the real Henry, I was disgusted. I just pretended it was actually Eric Bana. But let me say England is a very rich country...the Crown Jewels were RiDiCuLoUs!!! I was in heaven looking at all those sparklies!! And if you ever go there the BEST fish and chips were at the Tower!!!!!!!
Here we are at the British Museum. We were only there for 1.5 hours before it closed, basically enough to see the highlights, the Rosetta Stone being one of them. And yes, they had stools you could carry around and sit and look at the exhibits. And of course Joe did.
Other places we hit: Changing of the Guard (I really want one of those hats!) and Piccadilly Circus.
And that pretty much concludes our trip. It was really short. It was enough time to get a taste of London, but not enough time to fall in love with it. It was so expensive! The city is so spread out. We were out the door by 7:30 am and came home at 10 pm each night and we were hurrying through everything (except the Abbey of course...probably why it was my favorite) just to be able to see as much as possible. We saw a lot: Hyde Park, Kensington Palace/Gardens, Peter Pan, Nottinghill, Westminster Abbey, Parliament/Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace/Changing of the Guard, Harrods, ride the Double Decker buses, British Museum, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, FISH AND CHIPS (yea!), and of course came home saying MIND THE GAP all the time.
Monday, September 21, 2009
One of our first places to visit was the Natural History Museum which was the site for Mission Impossible (where Tom Cruise dresses up as the Senator for the party). The scene is filmed on the staircase which was actually really small, but looking at our pictures, it looks big on film and photos. The museum itself was pretty neat. A lot of archeology, geology, animal history, and even a section displaying the labor and delivery tools used in the old days....yeah, made me not want to have babies.
There was a lot of different architecture. Definitely Medieval, Bohemian, and Baroque, this being one of the most famous Baroque churches. I called it the barbie doll church. It looked like a playhouse. The inside is covered in pink imitation marble. It was so glossy and pretty! The bottom left picture is the pulpit and the bottom right pictures is the organ that Mozart played when he lived in Prague.
It was during our first evening walk that I fell in love with this church. It was in Old Town Square where I realized that everything that I had heard about Prague was true: It's a storybook fairytale land. Walking in the streets felt like walking in Robin Hood times AND Disneyland. It didn't look real, it looked like a lot at Universal Studios. For how old the city is, it is soooo well preserved. I can say this is my favorite church EVER. It amazes me that it was built 100 years after the Pisa Cathedral, but it is totally different.
This is Golden Lane at the castle. This is where the goldsmiths and other servants would live. They're like midget homes. The ceilings are low and most of them are only 1 room which now house little shops. We did climb to the second floor, it was a long hallway where they housed the ancient types of Medieval armors and spears. And yes, there was even a torcher chamber (bottom right pic).
The food there was very heavy but good. It was actually a great mix of a lot of cultures. But we had to try the most authentic. Klobasy with Sauerkraut which was really good and filling, but oh so greasy. We also found the apple strudel place that Samantha Brown went to and it IS that big. We did splurge one night and I loved what I got, but Joe ordered chicken and it still had feathers....and he was sick for the rest of the night of course. By our last night, I still hadn't tried the Goulash, but we were tired of the heaviness so we opted for Pizza, and it was just like Italy's.
That concludes our trip, this was my favorite picture that we took (Prague Castle from across Charles Bridge). The sky really was that blue. Everything about Prague was exactly as I had anticipated. The people were VERY nice and spoke English. The food was unique but good, the sites were beautiful, the history was rich and it is a storybook city. What I also loved about the city was that the souvenirs catered to the storybook theory. There were so many fun things to choose from! We got an orange and black candle that that had a Prague scene carved in it, we got a medieval witch that laughs when you clap your hands and her eyes glow, just to name a few. All in all we fell in love with Prague even more!!!!!!!!
Friday, July 10, 2009
This is a view from across the street. These ruins were the gladiator's barracks. There were doorways (now cemented in) where they could go underground and pop up in the arena when the emperor wanted more.
You have to walk through the entire Vatican Museum before getting to the Sistine Chapel. They had some cool things, including this extremely well preserved mummy. They pulled out her brain through her left eye and the original cloth they put in the socket is still there. Joe once again took some illegal pictures of the Sistine chapel...I'm so proud. And here we are having lunch with our much needed Coke's. It was so hot!
St. Peter's Basilica. I've never paid attention to any conclave that's happened during my lifetime, but it was fun to watch it in the movie and to actually be where it all goes down.I learned so much about the Catholic church while in Italy.
It was interesting to watch the movie and to see the different areas, but the movie made it look different then the layout actually is. Remember, we took these pictures before we saw the movie. Cool huh?
And that concludes our Italy trip. We learned, laughed, and loved that's for sure. We met a lot of amazing people too, not just Doyle. Our last night in Rome, was really memorable. Doyle recommended this really amazing restaurant. We sat in the corner and an elderly couple from Florida sat next to us. The four of us started talking, then an Italian local who was there by himself, who was sitting on the opposite side of elderly couple, joined in the conversation. We were there so long we got kicked out! This trip will always be remembered. It was a culmination of remarkable history, beautiful art, amazing architecture, wonderful food, fun experiences, laughter with new friends, and being with my Sweetheart through it all.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It used to be an old palace so it was a very unique experience. The breakfast room was the old ballroom and you could sit right on the river for breakfast. They had beautiful sitting rooms and a library.
In front of our hotel room.