Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Color me Exhausted

Well, we made it home safe and sound late Saturday night, exhausted but pleasantly so. We had a great trip. It was the trip of a lifetime, and we experienced many wonderful things. Especially French ice cream. Holy mother of Mabel, the ice cream from Amarino’s in Paris is to die for! As in I could have taken a bath in it.

I have so many stories to share that I don’t know where to begin, and I have lots, and lots of pictures. Exactly 959 pictures. Don’t worry, I won’t post them all (Facebook friends will eventually be able to see them all). I had to go back to work yesterday, and Teen Angel started college yesterday, so we barely had time to wash our underwear before the normal grind began again. We are still somewhat jet lagged, and we have so much to catch up on that I will simply hit the highlights in this post and share much more with you in the days to come.

A Few of our Favorite Things

The politeness of the British people (please mind the gap)

The Beefeaters at the Tower of London

Writing our names on the wall at Abbey Road Studios

The rainbow at the top of the Eiffel Tower

Sainte Chappelle

Amarino’s cantaloupe ice cream

Things we did not Like

Having my phone stolen in the Metro

Being crushed by the incredible crowds at several tourist sites and the rudeness of many line cutting tourists

The map at the Louvre (the definition of useless)

Magical Moments

The double rainbow at the top of the Eiffel Tower followed by the two double rainbows at the Arch of Triumphe

Sitting on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower at sunset watching the tower lights comes on

My first bite of Amarino’s cantaloupe ice cream

Things From Home we Missed


Thick toilet paper

Big bathrooms

Vegetables cooked with a dab of bacon grease with a side of buttery biscuits

Iced tea with LOTS of ice (I made Hubby stop right after we left the Nashville Airport Saturday night and get me a large iced tea.)

Again, it was a wonderful time, and I’m so glad Teen Angel and I got to share that trip together. It was an adventure we’ll never forget, including the whole mugging, stolen phone incident. I would love to return to Europe and visit several other countries, but I will admit that right now I’m glad to be home. That’s the thing about travel. It reminds you of why home is home. It’s great to be back with family, to not stand in line for anything, to DRIVE instead of riding the subway and to move at a much slower pace. Yes, we are more relaxed around these parts, and I have decided that I’m okay with that. Just as long as I can sneak out into the big wide wonderful world every now and then for a little adventure.


Jan n Jer said...

Welcome home...cant wait to hear some of your adventure stories!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

Can't wait to hear more!!

Every time I see Big Ben I think of European Vacation when Chevy Chase says, "Look kids, Big Ben...parlament!" as they get stuck in a round-about.


oreneta said...

Welcome HOME!!!! So nice to hear your voice again, and looking forward to your stories!

Living Life said...

So glad you made it home safely!! Looking forward to seeing more pics!

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