S: Dublin, Galway, London, Paris,Venice & Rome 2006
BC: Happy 10 Year Wedding Anniversary! August 10, 2002 to August 10, 2012
FC: Clay & Dayle Our Trip to Europe 2006
1: Clay's EMBA Team with spouses | Irish Beer & Good Times! | Dublin, Ireland
2: In March of 2006 Clay and I got an opportunity of a lifetime. Clay's EMBA class had to study abroad for almost 2 weeks in Ireland. Since I had just graduated with my Masters and Clay was fixing to graduate we decided to extend | the trip for another two weeks and travel Europe as our graduation gift to each other. In addition to Ireland, we went to London, Paris, Venice and Rome. TG & Kara met us in London. It was an absolutely amazing trip and one we will never forget. My favorite place was Venice and 2nd runner up was Ireland. Ireland was amazing, but extremely frigid. If we went again we would definitely choose to go when it was warmer. The scenery was breathtaking and the Irish people were very fun. Clay spent most of his days studying with his classmates, while the spouses and I got to sightsee all the amazing things Ireland had to offer.
3: The City of Dublin | The Liffey River
4: This was the Hill of Tara. Everything was so green, especially the tree trunks.
5: We were SO cold! Brrrrrr.......
7: Info plaque on the Hill of Tara
8: Chuck, Jodi & Clay at Newgrange | Newgrange
9: Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun.
10: Above the entrance to the passage of the mound there is an opening called a roof-box. On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 meter passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated.
11: Dublin Castle
12: This is Trinity College in Dublin. It had an amazing library where you were not allowed to take pictures. The Book of Kells is by far the Library's most famous book and is located in the Old Library. The library's "Long Room" was used in at least one of the Harry Potter movies. It was an amazing site! | Trinity College
13: Dublin Church of Christ
14: Dublin Church of Christ
16: Eating in an Irish Pub | Bob & Yvette Eating
17: We road a tour bus from Dublin to Galway, which was quite the experience on the tiny little European roads. | Posing with the Statues... | Jodi & Yvette were such great traveling companions while Clay was busy with school. | Leaving Dublin for Galway
18: Baileys Bar | Our Baileys drinks | EMBA Business Case Study | Clay's EMBA group chose to do a case study on Baileys Irish Cream in Galway.
19: Irish Stud Farm
20: This was our "Ladies day out" while our spouses were studying hard in Galway. We choose to go to Kylemore Abbey, which is the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of nuns have resided here since 1920. The purpose of the Abbey was to provide an education and religious community for Irish women during times of persecution here in Ireland. It was a stunning place to see in person and I really wish Clay could have been there to share the experience with me.
21: Kylemore Abbey
23: St. Patrick's Day in Galway, Ireland What a treat to be in Ireland on this day.
24: Stopped to eat on our way to the Cliffs of Moher
25: I bought a wool sweater in this town and put it on over my turtle neck and under my jacket. It was FREEZING!!!!
26: Clay and I freezing our butts off! | The Cliffs of Moher This place was beyond imagination! The most magnificent landmark we have ever visited! | Amazing View!
27: Brrr!!!! | I wish my camera skills would have been more sophisticated. Can you imagine the pictures I could have taken here? | My Cute Hubbie
29: Poulnabrone Dolmen i.e. the Portal Tomb
30: London here we come! | London | This is the part of our vacation where we met up with TG & Kara
31: Clay & TG say Cheese! | Big Ben
32: Windsor Castle Queen Elizabeth was actually there when we toured the castle!
35: Located in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing center, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar? | The crew | Walking the circle | It is amazing to think that people were able to construct this monument thousands of years ago with their bare hands. It was an unbelievable site to see and one we will never forget!
36: Crazy Lady!
37: City of Bath | Those cookies were the best cookie we had ever ate!
38: B U C K I N G H A M P A L A C E
40: Westminster Abbey
41: The London Eye
42: This was the London Tower. As you can imagine, Clay and TG had a great time looking at the collection of weapons the Queen had!
44: London's Tower Bridge Many people, including us, often mistake this bridge for the London Bridge.
45: St. Paul's Cathedral | This is where Princess Diana was married to Prince Charles of Wales.
46: The Queen's Guards These guys wouldn't crack a smile at anything,just as they show you on TV.
47: Eatting, Traveling & Resting.... We weren't in each place very long so we jam packed in everything we could manage, which made for very tired people by the end the day (i.e. TG and Kara to the right)! | Next Stop.....PARIS!!!!
48: Versailles The immensity of the palace was out of this world!
50: This was a tourist trap restaurant. They had some guy louring in unsuspecting Americans (i.e. us). The food was awful! | Some Lousy Paris Restaurant | TG and his frequent Leffe | Silly Kara, you're drinking out of the water carafe! Ha!
51: Notre Dame de Paris
52: La Sainte-Chapelle | This Chapel retains one of the most extensive original collections of 13th century stained glass anywhere in the world. It was breathtaking to see in person and we actually liked it much better than Notre Dame.
53: E I F F E L | T O W E R | the
54: Clay actually went to Paris when he turned 13 in 1993 with his mom on a school trip. We got a before and after picture in similar poses in the exact same spot when we went back in 2006, which was13 years later.
56: Arc De Triumph
57: The Louvre This is the famous glass pyramid in the center of the Louvre. You have to go to the underground lobby to enter. This is one of the world's largest museums and the most visited art museum in the world. It housesLeonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, which was surprising small! Sadly, by time we toured this museum we were all so tired of art and architecture that we probably beat the world record on the fastest person to go through it. We learned very quickly that we were not art history buffs, but it is still neat to say we've been there in our lifetime!
58: Reading the menus in Paris was so frustrating because none of us knew French. So we all crossed our fingers when we ordered our food because it was a complete shot in the dark!
59: There was actually rioting in Paris while we were there. The government in Paris was trying to deregulate labor to encourage the creation of new jobs. Under this job contract, it would have been easier during a contract's first two years for workers under twenty-six years old to be fired. Of course, the uber liberal youth of France didn't like that and they were rioting in the streets. I was actually crossing the street when a high speed car chase zoomed right past me. Police were trying to apprehend one of the protesters. It kind of freaked us all out and we were actually happy to leave Paris for Venice (my favorite place)!!! When we got to Venice, Clay got a sinus infection and was in bed for the first day (poor guy). However, that didn't slow us down and Kara and I had a blast shopping there. I bought a beautiful Venetian mask and several Murano glass pieces. We also toured a Murano glass art gallery, which was awesome. We were definitely the typical American tourist though. Venice IS NOT luggage friendly and we had enough luggage for an army. We had to drag our luggage up and down the bridges that crossed the canal multiple times to finally get to our hotel. I swore from that experience that if we ever came to Europe again that I would bring all I needed in one backpack. Though, that is probably a promise I would never be able to keep considering how I severely over pack anywhere I go! Poor Clay! I even got stuck in one of the subway gates in Rome with my luggage. Kara still laughs about that to this day! Fun times and awesome memories....
60: The two left pictures are on the canal bridge we all had to carry our luggage over multiple times. That is probably the ONLY thing I didn't like about Venice. | Venice
62: The beautiful streets of Venice
63: The ambiance was so relaxing here, which was much needed after all the sightseeing we had done up to this point. | Kara's face is priceless!
64: A N C I E N T R O M E | The Colosseum
66: This is the Mamertine Dungeon where the apostle Paul and Peter were imprisoned in Rome. Paul wrote 2 Timothy while incarcerated here. Paul's focus was encouraging his beloved Timothy to persevere in the spiritual life because his death was immanent.
67: The Pantheon | Around the City of Rome
68: Beggars fishing for coins...so annoying! | Trevi Fountain
69: A minute to relax in Villa Borghese gardens
70: The Vatican We were actually there when Pope Benedict held a mass.
72: These are the many European cars that we came across while on our vacation. I don't think it would be hard to figure out which one Clay and TG liked the best!
73: Kara and Clay got to celebrate their birthdays in Europe
74: Clay, I hope you enjoyed reminiscing about our European vacation. This is my gift to you for our 10 year wedding anniversary on August 10, 2012. You have given me the world and we have experienced more than most people get to experience in an entire lifetime. It is hard to believe how much our lives have changed 6 years after this trip. We now have two beautiful daughters. Peyton will soon be turning 4 and Sydney is 10 months old. They have brought so much joy and laughter to us and there definitely isn't a dull moment to find. Ten years went by too quickly, so I can only expect our 20 year and subsequent anniversaries to creep up on us at the snap of a finger. Thank you for making me so happy and being the best provider, husband, father and soulmate a woman could ever dream of. You truly do inspire me to be a better person. You are my rock and I anxiously anticipate fulfilling the rest of my remaining days on this earth with you. As Peyton would say, "I love you to the moon and back!." | Happy 10th Anniversary Sweetheart! | Dayle
75: THE END!!!