Saturday, July 31, 2010

Finally, Palace of Versailles pictures

It was hazy that morning, but hopefully you get an idea of how huge this palace is! I'm so glad to finally be able to put on a "few" of the hundreds of photos we took. Hope you enjoy them!

Outside the palace before we went in.

The cathedral inside the palace.

One of the many beautiful rooms we toured through. All were very elaborate and ornate. After all, kings and queens lived here.

A huge hall full of this huge paintings depicting different wars and treaties of the times.

The famous "Hall of Mirrors".

This is from the palace looking down into a center walkway into the 28 gardens. You'll see another photo showing us down by the big lake looking up towards the palace.

Great photo op!

Another beautiful garden with statues!

Walking, and walking.....

Within another fabulous, beautiful garden.

This may give you a little idea of how huge this place was. Far in the background you can see one wing of the palace itself. Where we are standing isn't even the furthest end of the gardens, but it does run down the middle of them. So there are 14 huge gardens on either side of this large center walkway.

Another very large statue in a huge pond!

This pond was so cool! They had a musical water show! There was some music over some hidden speakers, and the water sprayed in cadence with the music. We loved it!

Us in front of one of the 28 gardens.

One of the many statyes outside in the gardens.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some Tour photos!

A shot of the riders as they passed by us!

Here's a shot from the race! We were right up front...see Lance!! He's the blurry one in gray and red right there!

Yummy! We love the crepes!!

Back in the USA!

Here we are the last day of the Tour de France, wearing our "Tour" shirts. See the Arch in the back ground. This was taken on Champs Elysees.

At the Hard Rock cafe in London!
Finally in the states again (waiting for our connecting flight to DIA), and I can post pictures again! Here's the London red phone booth!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This is one of our first pics in London. We were a top of a double-decker tour bus. Windy and chilly, but fun! And then, just so we could get the true feel for London, it started to rain.
We took several pictures of the red telephone booths, but I can't get any of those to upload to the blog right now. Maybe later!

I tried to upload other pictures and it's just not happing right now! Bummer!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More adventures!!

So I'm still having trouble loading pics! Darn!! On Sunday we spent the day down on the Champs Elysees waiting for the Tour de France to come through. It took forever, but to get a decent place to see the cyclists, we had to be there early. But it was so worth it when they finally came!! They actually do a big loop while in Paris, so they went by us 7 times! My guy didn't win (I was going for Andy Scleck) but he got 2nd. And we saw Lance several times!!

Monday we took a day trip to London. Does this make me a world traveler now? It was so much fun, but really not nearly enough time to see much of anything. The bus system there is incredibly slow!

And today, Tuesday, we spent the day at Disneyland Paris. I know, silly, huh. But the girls really wanted to go and we had tons of fun. Very tired though!!

Tomorrow Brianna leaves in the afternoon, and Kaitlyn and I leave Thursday morning!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

A day at the Palace!

Bonjour! I continue to have trouble loading pictures onto my blog. I hope it's a location problem, and not a computer issue! Anyway, today we went to the Palace at Versailles! Oh my! To actually be touring a massive castle that kings and queens once lived in was amazing! It was so huge! We really enjoyed it so much. Then we went outside to tour the palace grounds. If I thought the palace was big, that was nothing compared to the gardens!! I only wish I had my pedometer on! :) I can't even begin to describe the beautiful flower gardens, all the huge fountains, the sculptures, the perfectly trimmed hedges and trees! And we took so many beautiful pictures and I'm so bummed I can't get them uploaded to the blog yet. I will certainly try when I get back to the states. Another great, but exhausting day!!

So tomorrow we will go to watch the finish of the Tour de France. If only I can figure out when the Tour will actually be arriving! I have asked several people here, and they don't seem to care about the Tour, so they have no idea! Ha!

More tomorrow!

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Louvre

Kaitlyn and Brianna in front of the Louvre.

Sorry, I couldn't load any more pictures for some reason right now. But we took lots of cool ones. We saw the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa. Wander the Louvre for a few hours and were extremely tired. That place is absolutely huge!! It would take an entire week (or more) to try to see everything!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bonjour from Paris!

This is us in front of the Eiffel Tower. It was a beautiful day, and we were smart enough to get there early before the really long lines formed. So we went all the way to the top of that thing!! What a great view!!

Here's my two glamour girls!! Looking good in Paris!

Here they are in front of the Notre Dame cathedral. What a beautiful, awesome church. To beautiful...even to put words to it!

And here they are as we strolled along the Seine. It was a very busy, but fun day. We are totally exhausted now. But more to do tomorrow!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Leavin' on a jet plane..."

Bonjour! It's 4:35 AM, and Kaitlyn and I are getting ready to go to the airport. Hopefully I will be able to post updates here on my blog, so if you're interested, stop back throughout this next week. Maybe I'll get some pictures posted as well! I'm just not sure what access I'll have to internet there. We're looking forward to a fun time with Brianna!! And yes, we'll take lots of pictures!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!!

Aren't friends the greatest?! My friends took me out to Texas Roadhouse tonight to help me celebrate my "21st"? birthday! I love them for that! No one has ever surprised me like that for my birthday before, and this was very fun and special!! Thank you so much!

Here are my friends, Debbie, Linda, Jen and Jill!

Me with my friends, Trish and Donna!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cest La Vie!

This is a simple card I made with the Wall Decor and More cartridge. I really love that cartridge! It has some amazing cuts on it!! I made this card in celebration that it's two weeks from today that we leave for Paris!! Wow! Can't believe it's only two weeks away! :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Meeting Suh-perman" layout

I think this is probably the quickest that I have actually completed a layout after the pictures were taken. We got to meet Suh only a week ago, but I wanted to finish this layout to add to Kaitlyn's Nebraska Husker book. She really liked how it turned out. I used the Superman cartridge and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.