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Monday, March 23, 2015

Europe was simply beautiful...

Feeling so sick on the day we left...well we missed our flight to Paris from DC which ended up being a good thing another nights rest and more meds helped get me to Paris the next night.(tender mercies)

Paris was our first stop where we met up with Sharma & Hailey Shumate. Thanks to Sharma we just had to say where to next. She was so kind to plan our visit there. I had no idea where to begin, so thank you again so much Sharma!

Paris is a bit dirty but so beautiful at the same time. There was so much to see so we had our heads up the whole time. The Architecture and the food...oh my goodness
Left the airport and jumped right on the Metro and we were off...

Notre Dame was one of the many churches that we enter while in Europe

This was a bridge where people go and "Lock up their heart" they say the bridge is getting damaged from the weight of the locks.
We did A LOT of walking!

Hotel De Ville was our next quick stop, so much to see and so little time!

The Effiel Tower was soooo much larger than I had imagined. We did not have time to go up in it, but it was a beautiful sight.

It was also where we experienced our first French Crepe, OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! sooooo good! Thank goodness Sharma made some a few nights later because I could not stop thinking about them.

Next stop Sacre Coeur another beautiful church that over looks Paris it was a beautiful sight to behold. It was also the time of day the sun came out and warmed us up a bit.

We rode the Metro everywhere, and then got off and walked everywhere :) loved every minute
Arc de Triomphe was next. right in the middle of the city, you look straight down the street, there is shopping on both sides and straight ahead is the Louvre!!!
Did I mention how delicious the food is in France!!!! it was hard not to be distracted by it all, good thing we did all that walking!

The Louvre...what can I say about that place...first off we could have stayed in there a week and still not have seen it all. It was a grand place, Majestic...it is hared to believe that a small little family of three lived there...no wonder there was a French Revolution!!!! "Let them eat cake"

Its filled with amazing treasures from all over the world

Yogurt was also on those amazing foods...not at all like here in the states, so yummy, plus you get it in these adorable clay pots! Back on the Metro to the train station and a night time ride to Germany, Paris you were wonderful!

Germany was simply beautiful! Green, rolling hills, small villages, windmills and Castles galore!
Heidelberger Schloss, it was like a fairy tale castle, right from Beauty and the Beast

US Military Grave sight largest outside of the US. It was a very reverent place to be. We thought about those in our family who have served our country, how grateful I am to those who gave their lives!

Luxembourg, Trier & Cochem...Castles, churches, and yummy food! Green rolling hills and did I mention Castles!!!

More churches...gelato! Also Birth Place of Carl Marxx

Cool Story...these little plagues are found all over Europe, they were made to those Jews who were taken and killed in Camps. The markers were placed the exact spot where they were taken and sent to concentration camps.

Germany you were amazing and so beautiful...Sunday we boarded a plane and headed to London England!

This was the most diverse place I have ever been, so many languages from so many countries...Old and New
The National Historical Museum...how is it that England has everything from all over the world, shouldn't it be where it came from...just a thought...

The Tower of London and The White Castle(the Castle where many of Englands Kings and Queens lived including Henry the VIII) This place has some pretty gorey history...you should look it up some time.

Ben Franklin's home, Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery

Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir...

The Royal Calvary. We were just walking down the street and there they were! The horses were beautiful, and they did not kick or bite :)

There was Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, and of coarse the double decker bus.

There was Buckingham Palace...and the Queen was in, see the flag up :)

There was Picadilly Circus, its like New York's time square, lots of food and shopping found here :)and a night time ride on the double decker bus! London is beautiful at night.

From the double decker to the Metro and then up again for our last day in London.
We saw St. Paul's Cathedral and crossed the water to Shakespear's Globe Theater

Forgot about our visit to Sherlock Holmes place
We stored our luggage while we went about sight seeing, and then picked it up on our way back to Germany.
We went to the National Library and saw some rare sights like Jane Austin manuscripts, Leonardo Di Vinchi's journal, Beatles original song writing pieces, lots of cools stuff.

One of my favorite places of the whole trip Bourough Market, it was amazing! I wish there were places to eat and shop here like that. One of the best experiences EVER!

Our very last stop we got off the Metro to head to the Science Museum and there it was...Love that the church is everywhere! We enjoyed visiting with the Sister Missionaries from Switzerland & Cambodia

The bus ride back to the airport we saw the London Olympics sight...

My feet made it thru Europe :) We got on a train from Germany and rode back to Paris, got on the Metro and then a train to the airport to Catch our flight, and we made it all by ourselves (Abigail did great!) So glad that we came. It is a trip I will always remember with Abigail, a time we will probably never have again! Great Memories!

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