FC: Williamson European Honeymoon 2009
1: Here We Go....September 22, 2009. We left Louisville and flew to our first layover in Detroit. We enjoyed dinner, made our way through the "Light Tunnel' and got situated for our 6 hour flight to London!
2: Leaving on a jet plane....don't know when we'll be back again...la la la Our flight to London was great. Lasagna for dinner. Quick trip. Great company.
3: Sightseeing. Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Fish & Chips | My hubby is talented. Despite making fun of his constant picture taking, he took gorgeous photographs to remember our honeymoon with!
4: Our Home Away from Home in London Grosvenor House Park Lane London, W1K7TN United Kingdom Room 371
5: September 23: Steph was sick and Rick ventured into London alone. He toured the Crown Jewels (no photos please) and London Bridge and Tower.
6: Steph joined during the afternoon for a stop by Harry Potter's Platform to Hogwarts, seeing St. Paul's and going on an evening tour called Ghosts & Gaslights, which was a cool tour full of pubs for Rick to enjoy!
7: "We went through so many different little streets and alleys. There weren't too many scary stories, but we did learn about Sweeney Todd and how fake he was - so sad. We also heard about Jack the Ripper, but there weren't many scary details. I suppose it was more a pub tour. After a couple ghost stories, we'd stop at a pub. These were super cool because most of them were not on the beaten path. Our guide would take us down twisting, turning, tiny streets and we'd come to a pub with what seemed like 100 people drinking and talking." ~From Stephanie's Honeymoon Journal
8: September 25 London by Double Decker Sightseeing Bus and Boat!
9: "We rode a bus to Madam Tussauds and then walked through Regent's Park. It was a gorgeous park - again, I wish we'd had more time to linger, lie on the grass and take it all in. The London Zoo is attached the back of Regent's Park. We arrived at 4:30pm and the zoo closed at 5:30pm." ~From Stephanie's Honeymoon Journal | On our final night in London, we splurged and saw Mamma Mia in London's West End. It was awesome and a great way to end our trip!
10: Bonjour, Paris! September 26 | Our junior suite, room 809 in the amazing Prince de Galles Hotel. It had a balcony, with a view of the tip top of the Eiffel Tower. *swoon* I took a moment to relax and read Mommy Wood by Tori Spelling while Rick unpacked and took pictures.
11: Sacre Coeur "We got off of the Metro, walked up the stairs to ground level and started up the tiny street crowded with tourists, vendors and cheap souvenirs. I think Rick was questioning my desire to come to this place, until the crowd broke and this was the sight we saw..." ~From Stephanie's Honeymoon Journal
12: T O U R E I F F E L
13: September 27 - Sightseeing Day! First, the Witch Weevil face to ensure I got to stop into my beloved Louis Vuitton, no, I didn't get anything, but definitely will on our next trip to Paris! Then off to the Louvre and riding around the city on a Double Decker bus.
14: "Once we walked through the inside and stood in the awe of beautiful statues, stained windows and just felt at peace inside this magnificent church..." ~From Stephanie's Honeymoon Journal Notre Dame
15: The Eiffel Tower by day. The perfect place to end our time in Paris. Especially with a double scoop ice cream cone!
16: Our last night in Paris we hung out in the room, watching the Tower sparkle with the moon and enjoyed our American Coke! On September 28, we thought we were up early enough, but our car service arrived early. After a few rushed moments, we got it together and were off to the airport. Once there I found the most divine breakfast pastry - a creme brulée tart. Yum! Finally, we were in the air en route to Rome!
17: Once in Rome, we checked into our hotel, the Grand Hotel Beverly Hills. It was not very grand, our bed was literally 2 twins pushed together and it was outside the "City Walls' which when in Roma is not appropriate. You live, you learn! | When we ventured out, we got lost because we didn't know we were out of the City Walls. When we finally found ourselves on the map we went to the Spanish Stairs - splendido! Then we found dinner at McDonald's. The very first one built in Rome, no less. It was much fancier than the ones in the U S of A!
18: September 29 - We got up bright and early, ran into the tabaccheria to buy bus tickets and hopped a bus into the City Walls to explore. Once inside the city we waited patiently for a Double Decker tour bus, our third venture on one of these fabulous tourist attractions. Once on the bus we saw the Torre Argentina, which is where Julius Caesar supposedly died ("Et tu, Brute?") and we saw the Castel Sant' Angelo which was commissioned by Emperor Hadrian and built between 135 and 138. After our bus ride we were off to our primary stop of the day, the Vatican.
19: Once we arrived, we were in awe. Despite not being Catholic, it was amazing to be in this holy place, until you looked around and saw the jumbotrons with advertisements and the pope's face on a lollipop! We visited both the actual Vatican and the Vatican museum where you can view the Sistine Chapel. However, to get there you have to walk through many hallways and many adjoining rooms, each of which had tons of gorgeous pieces of art. We finally arrived and stood in awe again. Once we took our pictures and gazed, it was time to head out and down the very large spiral staircase.
20: After the Vatican we headed to the Trevi Fountain. We even threw coins in the fountain to ensure a trip back to Rome one day! And we drank spring water from a natural water fountain before we stopped for yummy gelato! | A picture on our daily bus rides to and from our hotel!
21: September 30 We decided to tour the famed Colosseum. We got taken by a street vendor who we didn't know would charge us an outrageous amount for a picture! Then we did a self guided tour of the inside and outside. As with most things in Rome, it was so old, very large and quite impressive when thinking about how long ago it was built and the events that took place.
22: After visiting the Colosseum, we walked over to the Roman Ruins. Rick spent many hours looking in wonder, while I spent many hours sitting in the shade!
23: This amazing building was probably my favorite ruin. It didn't look like a ruin, which had something to do with why I was a fan! The dome in the ceiling is open. It rains directly into the Pantheon and then drains out from holes in the floor. How insane is that!? ~From Stephanie's Honeymoon Journal
24: On our second to last night we took a Night Tour of Rome. Seeing everything glowing was beyond gorgeous. On the last day of our honeymoon, October 1, we were lazy. Hanging out and not doing much until time for our real Italian dinner at a local spot near our hotel, outside the City Walls!
25: When we arrived the Rome airport was crazy large, but we found our way and got to our gate, which was very crowded. Everyone wanted to get out of Rome - just kidding! By 9pm on October 2 we were back in Louisville - Home Sweet Home. Mom and Dad were waiting for us with a Welcome Back Mr. and Mrs. Williamson sign. The honeymoon was awesome, but it was definitely nice to be home with our girls and in our own bed. ~From Stephanie's Honeymoon Journal