S: Our Honeymoon - 2009
FC: Our Honeymoon New York City, Bruges, Amsterdam/Haarlem, Luxembourg, Berlin, Paris, London
1: New York City | September 12 - 15
2: We arrived in NYC and did a self-guided walking tour of lower Manhattan. We saw Central Park, Grand Central Station, the newly-created High Line Park, many neighborhoods, took a boat tour, and much more. And we ate. We had to try the famous New York pizzas, bagels and street vendor hot dogs!
3: We went into the New York Museum of Modern Art. Listened to some talented street musicians. We also walked around Central Park, witness a Breast Cancer walk and a baseball game.
4: Inside of New York MOMA | I bought a new lens and camera bag at B&H Photo. | We checked out Ground Zero. | We met a cute dog while walking. | We checked out the Apple store. Of course!
5: Our walk on the High Line was accompanied by musicians on a balcony and sun tanners on decks.
6: While walking around, we found ourselves in a crowd, waiting to see if POTUS was going to come out of the building. He didn't but it was fun! | New York City has a grittiness to it, that is mesmerizing. It's easy to see why people fall in love with this city and it's hustle and bustle and charm.
7: We took a boat tour on the Hudson River which took us under a few bridges and on out to the Statue of Liberty. I have to admit, it was neat seeing the Statue of Liberty in person. What a great boat ride.
8: Bruges, Belgium | September 16 - 19
9: Our friends Frederik and Malaya have family in Bruges. In our B&B we found their wedding photo and a note from their uncle Jan to meet us the next morning for a personalized tour. He and his wife, Weis, walked with us for two days showing us Bruges and the area around the city. We extended our stay by a day just to have dinner with them and go for a bike ride. | Jan's favorite quiet spot.
10: Weis, Alec and Jan having an afternoon beer. Loved all the beer-specific glasses. Beer stops were a common theme to our touring in Bruges. No complaints here!
12: Frederik had recommended this little hole in the wall place for lunch. We soon found out sandwiches are not a normal thing in Bruges, but they try.
14: During our extended day in Bruges, Jan took us on a bike ride along the canal. And of course we stopped for a beer. We extended our trip here because we loved visiting with Jan and Weis and the opportunity to see the countryside was not to be missed.
16: Amsterdam/Haarlem | September 19 - 21
17: Penny picked us up at the train station and we took a drive to the beach. She treated us to a Dutch favorite: Herring Sandwich
18: The bus station where we arrived. | This church resided in the main square of Haarlem. It's surrounded by restaurants. | The beach Penny took us. | These elephants were everywhere in Amsterdam
19: I really liked the buildings Haarlem and Amsterdam. I can't say exactly what it was. Maybe it's the steeples and the edges, not sure. The boots on the far right I wanted but they cost over 200 Euros. Instead, I found them online when we returned home for under $100USD. I get so many compliments on them. :)
20: Larry David playing chess? | A museum with some very large paintings that we passed through.
21: September 21 - 22 | Luxembourg
22: Explored the fortified city and its caves. | We decided to spend a night in Luxembourg because we could with our Benelux rail pass. We stayed in a nice hostal and just wandered around the city. Quite a bit of history here. Quite expensive as well.
23: A large park we wandered through. Old cobblestoned streets and me using free Internet trying to find my lost iPhone (I lost it on a train in Amsterdam).
24: September 22 - 26 | Berlin
25: After arriving in Berlin, we dropped off our stuff at the hotel and started walking around the City. First stop, the zoo. There was a baby polar bear that was getting news attention, and we caught a glimpse, too. Unfortunately, we just missed the panda bears eating.
26: Doener kebab We searched everywhere for this and it was worth it! | Alec is either enjoying the fish at the zoo or sitting down. Probably both!
27: We made our way to the huge Tiergarten at dusk. | This statue was huge. Or I got really tiny! | Tiergarten Siegessaeule
28: Our first encounter with the Brandenburg Gate was at night. Nearby we found a place to have dinner and got some hearty German meals.
29: Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche
30: From the front, the Parliament Building doesn't look very different from any other building. That is until you enter and move into the giant dome in the back. | You can walk all along the outside of the dome from the inside. Once you get to the top, you get some pretty nice views of the city.
31: At the top of the dome. | The view from within.
32: .. | We walked around Kurfurstendamm, passing by the expensive shops, and then we happened upon a quiet spot at St. Ludwig's church. In Berlin, you can buy t-shirts with the street light men on them.
33: Checkpoint Charlie Boundary between US zone and Soviet zone | A few remaining wall segments at Potsdamer Platz | View of a U-Bahn station from our lunch location at a restaurant at the top of a department store
34: Alexanderplatz - Was in East Berlin | "Brunnen der Voelkerfreundschaft" "Fountain of Friendship between Peoples" in Alexanderplatz
36: September 27 - 29 | Paris
37: Yeah I had to do the finger on the Pyramid photo op. We didn't go into the Louvre this time but we enjoyed the art on the outside. | It was so bright! Such a beautiful day that everyone was enjoying the sun around the fountain pool. | One doesn't necessarily need to go into the museum to see beautiful artwork. The gardens surrounding the area are a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
38: As we made our way to Pantheon, we came upon a Brazilian celebration. There were so many people wearing white, playing music and dancing in the streets. | "Les fils de Can" in the Tuileries Gardens | Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel Near the Louvre Museum in Paris. This smaller arch was built by Napoleon at the same time as the larger, more famous Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses.
39: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cur Basilica. The view from the Basilica is quite amazing. | Man in the Wall A few streets behind the Sacre Coeur cathedral, there is this sculpture of a man passing through a wall. It was created as a tribute to the writer Marcel Ayme and is a depiction of the main character in his story "Le passe-muraille" (The one who passes through walls). | Art outside of the Louvre.
40: At the top of our hotel, we had a great view of the Eiffel Tower. It lights up every 10 minutes or so. We bought ourselves a couple glasses of champagne, sat back in our lounge seats and enjoyed the view. | The Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses lit up at night is quite beautiful. | Yummy rich hot chocolate from Angelina's near the Louvre.
42: We decided to wait in line to go up the Notre Dame towers. It was totally worth it. A great view of the city from above and the gargoyles are definitely what stories are made of! | These people had stuffed animals they were taking photos with. So we decided to borrow them for our own photo.
43: Bored Gargoyle? | The Ever Observant Gargoyle? | The views from the top | So many spiral staircases on this trip.
44: Just behind Notre Dame, across from Pont St. Louis, there is this restaurant called le Flore en l'Jle. The waiter was a splendidly friendly older guy. We sat and enjoyed our wine and crepes and enjoyed our view of Notre Dame.
45: We could totally see ourselves spending an afternoon at the Jardin du Luxembourg. | Alec was playing in the leaves. | And right next door, is a fabulous ice cream stand!
46: The artist, JR, was displaying his exhibit, Women are Heroes, along the Seine. | Dorky looking yes, but hearing the tour in English was beneficial. | We took a boat tour along the Seine River. It was neat seeing the city from that perspective.
47: Arriving at the London Terminal | I was on the hunt for some boots ever since we arrived in Amsterdam. I finally found some! | Behind the Eiffel Tower, there are the Gardens of Trocadero. I didn't know this park was so close! The Fountains of Varsovie make a pretty foreground with the tower off in the distance behind. Reminds me of the Lincoln Memorial in DC.
48: September 29 - October 2 | London
49: When we arrived in London, we decided to spend some time at Hyde Park and catching up on some rest. We made a few new curious friends too. | We spent a few hours at the British Museum.
50: The first time I saw Big Ben, I thought it would be bigger. We never made it inside on this trip (I think we were a bit burnt out at this point so walking around was perfect). Next time! | The London Eye was too expensive to justify a ride at this point too. I bet it has great views though.
51: Trafalgar Square | We walked The Mall street of London seeing plenty memorials, changing of the Horse Guards and we made our from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. | World War II Memorial
52: Queen Victoria Fountain, infront of the Buckingham Palace. | Buckingham Palace Gates | The Horse Guards. There is a whole elaborate process when the guards change shifts. Which is good because there are a whole lot of tourists there to watch it happen.
53: And we enjoyed our first British meal at the Red Lion Pub. It was pretty big on tacky red decor.
54: We hopped the local train to Windsor to visit the Queen. We were too late for the last tour, so we walked around the grounds until it was time for us to visit Dawn and Brent. They treated us to Thai food and it was nice to catch up with Dawn after so many years. | The town of Windsor is pretty cute from what we were able to see.
56: Queen Victoria Statue outside of Windsor Castle. | Yes, this house is crooked. | I HAD to get a photo of a red telephone booth!
57: It was a long ride home on the train from Windsor to London at that time of night. I think we got a little goofy.
58: The Tower of London was an interesting tour we took. Our guide, a Beefeater or Yeoman Warder, was quite the entertaining man. | The Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign's Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary, popularly known as the Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. In principle they are responsible for looking after any prisoners at the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels, but in practice they act as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right, a point the Yeoman Warders acknowledge.
59: I am so ready to take some photos! | We read about these historical places but sometimes it's easy to forget an entire modern city has grown around it.
60: St Paul's Cathedral Church in London | We just happened upon this Church while walking around. From what I've read, we should check it out during our next time in London.
61: We wanted to check out the famous Harrods of London. All I can say is cool escalators and very expensive stuff. | This escalator was WAY cooler than Harrods as it was very very long. One could get a fear of heights on this one. | London's City Hall is a glass egg. We'll have to visit it up close next time
62: The London Bridge
63: We stopped for food at The Minories. This English pub that exists under the train tracks. It had a neat atmosphere inside as you could tell you under something and I don't remember it being very loud. And from what I remember the food was yummy. | We are so thoughtful and insightful. :P