Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Plus, my brother-in-law graduated from the BYU school of Business, with honors. What a huge accomplishment and congrats to him! Maria was a trooper through it all, and even adorned a pink graduation cap my mom made for her. So cuuuuuuttteee!
We had to see the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It's very different from the one in D.C. but it was still fun! Somehow I managed to grab this shot! We were actually standing amongst a very packed group of people. I stuck my arm above the crowd with camera in hand and hoped for a good shot, this is what came out! (after a few unsuccessful attempts of course...)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Champs Elysees. As you walk down it half of it is tree-lined and just so beautiful. Being April in Paris, everything was in bloom and the trees were so incredibly green. I'm from Washington the greenest state in the U.S. and even I was amazed! The other half of the street is lined with shops and just busy with people. Along here (with the recommendation by a good friend, Em) we found Paul, one of the best bakery/pastry shops in town! We had to try the vanilla macaroons (another recommendation). Oh my goodness. so tasty.
Château de Versailles. We took a tour through the palace which was cool. I feel like I need to go watch the move Marie Antoinette again. The Hall of Mirrors was impressive which, if I'm correct, still has most of the original glass? wow. The frescos alone were enough to keep your eyes busy.
In the Jardin de Luxembourg where it was a common site to see old men playing bocce ball or....ping pong?
On my "Top 3 Cathedrals in Europe" list. Though rather modest on the inside, you wouldn't assume it from the exterior.
We took a quick train ride out to Pisa! It's true, the tower leans...
Our first stop was Rome and RUNNING we were. We had two days to see it all, TWO DAYS! We seriously didn’t waste a minute. It didn’t take us long to notice that distinct Italian accent, the insane drivers and well, let’s face it…good looking men!