S: European Holiday 2008
BC: Created with love - Christmas 2010!
FC: European Holiday 2008
1: This book is dedicated to all those who shared this time with us Lauren, Jerry, Zane , Amanda, Kate, Missy and Vicki . You made this one of our most delightful Christmas and New Years Celebrations ever. We will treasure these memories always . We love you all! Kathleen & Jerry | European Holiday 2008
3: We're Here!!! We rented " Terresse des -Pre's," a one bedroom retro revival rooftop terrace apartment on Rue Saint Guillaume in the heart of the fashion district Saint Germain des - Pre's , Paris.
4: After an overnight flight we arrived the morning of December 24 th . We unpacked and rested a while . In the evening we took a tour of Paris by Night down the River Seine . The views of the city from the river were beautiful! Our adventure began at the base of the famous Pont - Neuf Bridge , pictured left . Below to the right you can see the Institute de France and directly below you can see the Muse'e d' Orsay . Bottom : Assemble'e Nationale Palias Bourbon
5: Glass Dome Grand Palais | Pont Alexandre III | Grande Roue de Paris & Jardin de Tuileries | Pont de l' 'Alma
6: The Eiffel Tour - Eiffel Tower The highest structure in the world from 1889 until 1930 when it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building in New York City. Built for the 1889 International Exhibition, Paris, the centenary celebration of the French Revolution. 1652 Steps take you to the third level. The total weight of the structure is 10100 tons. | The Tower Family 51 Sturbridge Drive Erial, New Jersey, USA 08081 | The Eiffel Tower is illuminated blue with yellow stars to honor France's time as President of the European Council.
7: Eiffel Tour - Eiffel Tower
9: Christmas Eve -Paris at Night We started a new tradition trying to get all of us in one picture together. The shot on the left was finally a success - it only took five attempts. After the tour along the Seine River, we went to eat , then went back to the apartment to freshen up before heading over to Midnight Mass at Notre' Dame . It was so crowded Jerry & I stood outside with many others.
13: Christmas Dinner at France's Oldest Restaurant - Le Procope
14: Christmas Night After dinner we went back to the apartment to change then headed over to the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately,we arrived too late to go up inside. We decided to take a few pictures and come back another night. It was pretty in blue.
15: The day after Christmas we traveled to London, England for a couple of days.
16: The HMS Belfast,a Royal Navy light cruiser, named for the capital city in Northern Ireland where it was built, was commissioned on August 5, 1939 and served with distinction in the Second World War initially as a part of the British blockade against Germany and played an important role in the Battle at North Cape and Operation Overlord in support of the Normandy landings. After serving in the Korean War, the Belfast became a branch of the Imperial War Museum in 1978.
17: We are in London, England! In the background you can see the Tower Bridge, which derives its name from its close proximity to the Tower of London where the crown jewels are located. It is often misidentified as the world famous London Bridge which is the next bridge upstream and rather ordinary in comparison. Between the two can be seen the HMS Belfast Battleship moored on the riverThames.
18: Above - looking at the London Eye from the waiting line below. | Amanda took this picture for us while we were waiting to board the London Eye. A giant observation wheel located in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank. The 135 meter (443ft) tall structure was built as part of London's Millennium Celebrations.
20: The views from on the London Eye are spectacular. One revolution around the wheel takes 30 minutes traveling at .6 miles per hour allowing passengers to get on and off without having to stop and takes visitors to a height of 135 meters. At the top you can see 25 miles in all directions - as far away as Windsor Castle on a clear day.
23: Having fun in London We took theThamesRiver Cruise from a launch near our hotel on Canary Wharf. I caught Lauren and Jerry, Jr. napping and couldn 't resist snapping a photo, it is a family tradition after all. We the took turns posing in the phone booths. The boys pretended to call us from the pay phone to let them out. Below Jerry and his dad looking at a map of the points of interest near the London Eye. The sculpture below entitled "The Navigators" by artist David Kemp is a centerpiece in the courtyard of Hay's Galleria a popular tourist attraction on the Jubilee Walk on the South bank. While visiting the Galleria we dined at the French Restaurant Cafe' Rouge.
24: A few of the places we saw while in London. A Taylor Shop on the walk from our hotel to the boat. The Christmas Tree at Trafalgar Square, locals gather here to ring in the New Year. | World Famous Harrod's Department Store where we bought gifts for family and friends. The line to get in was all the way down the street. Us standing outside Buckingham Palace at night.
25: On the way to Jubilee Place you pass these six clocks near the Canary Wharf. Each face has only one numeral and they are all set to the same time. Interesting! | Next to the London Eye was County Hall featuring a Salvador Dali Exhibit and the London Aquarium.To the right you see a traffic light for crossing horses.
26: On the the London Eye Zane, Lauren, Kathie, Amanda, Jerry and Jerry , Jr.
27: Mr. & Mrs Tower 4 | We just spent two wonderful days in London! We stayed at the Hilton Canary Wharf. - took a boat down the river Thames ; after riding the London Eye we walked around to some of the sights - Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace . We even went shopping at Harrod's Department Store! It was great! Now we are heading back to Paris to Ring in the New Year. See you soon!
28: Champs - Elysees People stop in the middle of the street to take pictures - its beautiful, but dangerous . It was decorated with blue lights for the holidays . We met a nice German couple in the street who, like we, were in Paris for the holidays . The woman offered to take a family picture for us and asked if we would we take one of them as well . We happily agreed .
30: After walking down the Champs Elysees we stopped to pose in front of the Arc de Triomphe and a young girl from England took these pictures for us. Everyone was in a friendly festive mood.
31: Jerry and Zane in the Muse'e d 'Orsay at the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit, you can see his self portrait. in the background. We wanted to visit the Louvre also, however it had limited holiday hours and stopped welcoming patrons three hours prior to closing time. | After returning from London we did some more sightseeing in Paris and took the opportunity to visit Disneyland Paris. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between the American and Paris Parks. The most magical moment was when they made it snow on Main Street at end of the Christmas Parade. | Look what we found! A little taste of home in Europe. We visited this Starbuck's a couple of times during our walks around Paris. We also enjoyed a drink in one across the street from Harrod'' 's Department Store in London,
34: After meeting up with the girls and toasting the New Year in France, we continued the celebration at Jerry's favorite bar in Paris. It was an Irish Pub. Each time the year changed in another country, they rang a bell and everyone cheered. I found it fun that we Americans rang in the British New Year in an Irish Pub in Paris, France! | New Years Eve with Amanda, Kate, Missy and Vicki!
35: Its a tradition that if you step on this stone you will return to France again. Jerry , Jr. Amanda | Lauren Zane | Jerry So its official we will be back!!! | Kathie
37: New YearsDay at the Eiffel Tower At this point France is no longer head of the European Council, so it is no longer illuminated in blue with yellow stars. Because it was icy, for safety reasons the third floor observation deck was closed to visitors. We were able to go up to the second floor which is 115 meters above the city. The glimmering white lights are illuminated for the first five minutes of every hour on the hour as part of a ten minute light display. The panoramic views of Paris from this height were amazing. Imagine what it would look like from the top.