LONDON DAY TWO: THE TOWER

Sandy and I were tired enough last night to go to sleep in a room that was approximately 80 degrees last night. Not exaggerating. Dave and Amy were expected by 9:30 AM to join us on a trip to The Tower. They were also responsible for deciding what sort of Tube tickets we needed for … Continue reading LONDON DAY TWO: THE TOWER

LONDON DAY ONE: LET THE FOOD AND BEVERAGES BEGIN

Sandy and I met at the airport around 7:00 at DFW Terminal D and after passing through security with no fatalities, made our way to the Admiral's Club. There we enjoyed a couple of drinks - Sandy a Sprite and me two glasses of wine - until we made our way to the plane. We … Continue reading LONDON DAY ONE: LET THE FOOD AND BEVERAGES BEGIN

DEPARTURES

Counting down the days until Sandy and I depart Terminal D at DFW for Heathrow. First, an update from the last post. (For those totally disinterested in my estrogen count, please move on to the next paragraph.) The gel that would keep me from having headaches and hot flashes can take a month to kick in, which should be … Continue reading DEPARTURES

LONDON, HERE WE COME!

It's the time of year again when our hearts long for far away places. Places where no one expects us to work. Places where the only question someone asks us is, "Straight up or on the rocks?" My friend Sandy and I are dragging ourselves to the finish line of what will be approximately 8 straight months … Continue reading LONDON, HERE WE COME!

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE VISCOUNTESS’ WEDDING

Today I begin the countdown to the wedding of the century. Why today? Because I've been back from France for over a week and I need something to live for. Okay, maybe it's not the wedding of the century, but it is definitely THE wedding for the month of October. My friend, the Viscountess,  a … Continue reading IN ANTICIPATION OF THE VISCOUNTESS’ WEDDING

FRANCE FINIS

We made it through Versailles on the morning of Day 9. The crowds were little better. This time we did find a much shorter audio guide line, so grabbed the little phone-type device and headed into the clump of people in the history of Versailles rooms. We quickly figured out that if you waited until … Continue reading FRANCE FINIS

AU CHAT AND THE CHATEAU (VERSAILLES, DAY EIGHT)

Today was the much-anticipated visit to the Château de Versailles. We had been forewarned by Rick Steves that Versailles is a zoo on Sundays and Tuesdays, but somehow ignored him and planned for Tuesday. Rick Steves was not kidding around. I am not a big fan of the crowded tourist destination. In fact, it made me long for the abandoned castles … Continue reading AU CHAT AND THE CHATEAU (VERSAILLES, DAY EIGHT)

ARTS AND CRAFTINESS (PARIS, DAY FOUR)

Day four was on the itinerary as Museum Day. However, due to a little over-imbibing, we cut ourselves a break and did not set the alarm for quite as early as we'd originally intended. Sore from walking on cobblestones and up and down spiral staircases, tired and hungry, we grabbed a croissant each from the … Continue reading ARTS AND CRAFTINESS (PARIS, DAY FOUR)

DINING AND BOATS (PARIS, DAY THREE)

Day three found us preparing for our much-anticipated lunch at the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel). Robert made reservations in advance for Le Jules Verne restaurant, which sits 125 meters high in the Tower - or about a third of the way up. Several benefits here. One, it's a Michelin 2 star rated restaurant. Two, … Continue reading DINING AND BOATS (PARIS, DAY THREE)

GONE FISHING

Due to the hotels in France being a little pickier than Wales about who gets free wifi access and who gets charged, I have been on a real vacation - with no blog diaries of our adventures. Probably works out for the best as I have no idea what I'm saying half the time here anyway.  … Continue reading GONE FISHING