S: Europe 2011
FC: Our Trip to Europe September 10 - 18, 2011 John and Christine
1: Arriving in Prague | John and I met each other at the airport, and went to the "Cloister Inn," a quaint, converted nunnery. We then toured Prague. It was very picturesque. Charles Bridge looked beautiful from afar. | Prague
2: Sightseeing in Prague | The Prague Castle | On Charles Bridge in Prague
3: We had a great time at the brewery tour. Did you know that the Czech Republic is the country with the most beer consumed per capita? | Our Beer Tour Guide
4: Paris | During our first night in Paris, we went on a dinner cruise along River Seine. We saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and other sites by night. We even saw the Eiffel Tower sparkle at exactly ten o'clock.
5: After the cruise, we went to see the Eiffel Tower to take pictures. There were people there trying to sell us souvenirs and wine. We also took pictures there the next day.
7: On the second day in Paris, we took an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The sights of Paris from the top were breathtaking | One night, we walked around and visited Notre Dame Cathedral. We also passed a bridge with many locks - a favorite engagement place in Paris
8: Near the Armory in Paris
9: The Louvre had a wider variety of art than I imagined. The captions were all in French, which made the experience quite interesting | The Mona Lisa | Visiting The Louvre | Me with Athena
10: One of the places we aimed to visit while in Paris was the Palace of Versailles. The grandeur estate was home to the French Royalty for many years. I was impressed by the size of the palace and expanse of the grounds
11: We wandered the grounds and accidentally stumbled upon a cozy hamlet
12: More of Versailles | The Hall of Mirrors
13: D-Day War Memorial | The atmosphere at the War Memorial was peaceful and still. It was as though everything and everyone visiting was honoring those who gave their lives during the war with moments of silence
14: John was excited to see the bunkers used during the war
15: The bomb craters made during the war were enormous! | D-Day Tour
16: It is hard to imagine that these scenic cliffs in Pointe du Hoc were once the site of a treacherous climb for soldiers during the war.
17: Me at Pointe du Hoc | More of D-Day | Me at Juno Beach
19: In London, we went on a Fat Tire Bike Tour, and saw a lot of the palaces and famous landmarks | John in front of Kensington Palace | Royal Horse Practice!
20: Changing of the Guard
21: John with the Castle | Me with the Castle | Windsor Castle
22: It is amazing how peaceful the place was, even though it was once a place of execution of royalty
23: Tower of London | Me with our Tour Guide, who once coincidentally lived in Houston
24: Churchill Museum | It was neat to witness Churchill's hideout during the war. And how could an underground museum not be voted best museum of the year in London?
25: Did you know there are so many museums in London with free admission? This one had medical and engineering exhibits - perfect for John and me! | John was of course excited to see the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
26: Stonehenge | Stonehenge was a true marvel and mystery. However, it started to rain, so we had to run for cover!
27: John and me at the Roman Bath | The Pig in the Town of Bath
29: John and I had a fun and relaxing time, but still filled with adventure. Best anniversary ever!