Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The hubby's visit, part 2...and home

Catching up...

After a week with me in London, J and I took the Eurostar (I hate air travel forever now) to Paris to be serious tourists for a second week (and nearly miss our train home after running through the Musee d'Orsay the morning before we left). Since he took the vast majority of the pictures on his camera and posted them on his Picasa Web page, I'll just link to the albums here:
I got a few good shots in as well, including some of the amazing hydrangeas at Musee Rodin:

And a sort of spooky fountain there (that's someone's museum guide at the bottom):

After J went home, I pretty much just worked until my last day, when Ruby planned one more truly English activity...the Traditional English Breakfast, at a bar called The Cock down by Smithfield Market, still home to the best butchers in London:

I think I ate about a third of that and I was stuffed until about 8pm that night....when several people from our London office were celebrating their move to new jobs, so naturally we went out for a last hurrah:

But with all that, it's good to be home. Know why? 'Cuz I have the best. friends. EVAR.

Who just happen to enjoy Georgia Tech football:

Europe was awesome, but home is best.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The hubby's visit, part 1

Jarrett has just headed back to the States after joining me for two weeks to be tourists. The first week, he was here in London "working" and seeing the sights.

That first weekend, we were proper tourists, with two cameras between us (Jarrett's pics are on his Picasa Web page). Since it's just around the corner from the apartment, we took Saturday to return to Regent's Park to enjoy what passes for a beautiful day in London. This time, we also had some refreshments, though the "glass" was a little off...

Yeah, that's a mug.

Also, we encountered a statue of a friggin' mermaid. I mean merman! Merman!

We then walked to the South Bank to ride the London Eye. Jarrett took lots of pictures with my camera, but this one is my favorite:

On to Sunday! My co-worker Ruby and her husband Philip were our tourguides as we drove up the Thames valley. First stop, Hampton Court Palace. Jarrett again has some excellent photos, including one of the hedge maze we completed. For my part, I was fascinated by the sheer amount of mistletoe in the surrounding trees:

The next stop was a lunchtime picnic on the banks of the Thames. The weather cleared up just in time and the water further upstream was much prettier than the brown sludge of London. Then we were off to the highlight of the trip (for me), the Thames River and Rowing Museum. Highlights of Jarrett's pics include me trying to steal an oar from a statue. Heh. Our last stop was Windsor Castle, though it was so late the castle was closed so I got some lovely pics of the outside, including the ornate light posts. That's a tiny red crown on the top:

Oh, and I finally tried a trend that I find a little icky here - cider over ice. It's advertised all over tv so I thought I'd give it a go. Probably won't do that again.

Next up will be our trip to Paris...woo hoo!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Lots of stuff coming up

Yes, I'm still here and still alive...I have tons of pics of Jarrett's visit that I want to share but we've been tourists so I haven't had time yet. We just got back from Paris, which I have heard so much about from so many of my friends, and I have to say it was every bit as wonderful as their stories. I'll catch up in the coming days!

Until then, please enjoy Mighty Girl's collection of Flickr photos culled from the vast selection of those tagged with "stupid." And the kids' version. Yikes.