Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kensington Palace and a Royal Sighting

After eating a traditional English breakfast, we walked through  Notting Hill to Kensington Palace.  This restaurant is covered in flowers.  Pretty amazing. 



 They had a special display of the royal dresses.  I felt that they did not have the most beautiful dresses of Diana.  

 Chelsea was chosen to be part of a reenactment of the Queen getting dressed.  
 The actors were so funny and entertaining.  
 We then went outside and played in the Princess Diana Memorial Playground.  


 As the kids were playing, I heard a helicopter in very close proximity.  
 I ran over to see what was happening.  There was a large crowd gathering.  
 Apparently, Princess Anne had just finished having tea with her mother, Queen Elizabeth, and was taking the royal helicopter to her home.
A lot of the park goers see Prince William and Kate arriving and departing from this green area.  



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mary Queen of Scots Castle- Scotland

We spent our last week in Scotland.  
We surprised the kids and stayed in a castle in Scotland. 
 Happened to be Mary Queen of Scots Hunting Castle which has quite a history.  
 We were glad to be out of the city and in open land.  The kids took immediately to the creek and running on the open grass.










Exploring the streets of Edinburgh.


Edinburgh is a beautiful place.  We hope to get back to Scotland soon.  We really enjoyed the people and the sites.  


















Friday, July 25, 2014

Family Day Trips in Paris and Tour de France

Catacombs
Steve took Chelsea and Steven to the Catacombs.  





Saint Chappel and the Concierge

The St. Chappel has two levels.  The lower level is where the servants and citizens could worship and the upper level is where the royals worshipped.  
Both levels were spectacular.  



Would love to do Steve's bathroom in this wallpaper.  



The Concierge is Marie Antionette's cell before she was beheaded.  


As I am retelling the story again of Marie Antionette and the French Revolution.  My sweet 14 year old said, "Mom, it seems that you are really trying to have a personal relationship with Marie Antionette."  Yes, that about summed up that day of being a tourist.  



A quick snack next to the Siene.

A little bright this day at the Arc de Triumph.





Parc Floral

In Vincennes right outside of Paris there is an amazing park.  I wish the United States could create a park like Parc Floral.  
The park was huge with so many different activities, venues, restaurants, concert venues, ponds, amazing children's parks, 








On our last night in Paris, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower to see the lights one more time.  
 At Trocadero.
 Steve took Steven and Chelsea to the sewers.  Too be honest, I had no desire to go to the sewers.

 They had a great time exploring new sights.  
 Photobomb!

 On the Beaches of Normandy.



Train was empty one night and Marky enjoyed riding at the front of the train.  
LOVED the rainbow roses.




Our daily run to the bakery for a baguette.  Apparently, Steven could not wait until he got home.
 Vincennes



We lit candles at every church we saw.  
An amazing highlight on our last full day in Paris was seeing the final day of Tour de France.



Train ride back to London

 Had an amazing dinner of Steak and frites.
 Amazing dinner.

 Amazing desserts.





Getting along.  Waiting for the 2 hour wait for the Catacombs.  Apparently, the Tier 3 tourist site has become a Tier 1. 
 Stevie trying to score points with me.
 Full breakfast on train.

Another picture of these two riding in the middle.

 So long, beautiful Paris.