The last Facebook pictures were from Ireland. I think they're making their way back to Amsterdam, then I don't know if they've decided to fly home or cruise across the Atlantic to Boston (I think it was Boston). Yep, she's having fun :>)
Kind of like a "Where's Waldo?" forum! All of a sudden I'm feeling a tad jealous - if I could pick any two places in the world to visit, it would be Ireland and Amsterdam! And here she is at both of them in one trip. OK, if it was anyone besides Henri, I'd be REALLY jealous. But she and Bill are such a great couple. They're both so sweet.
I agree, she always has great suggestions and a funny story to tell. Looking at her layouts you can tell they always have a great time where ever they go. It also makes we think of that show I use to watch when I was younger called "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago?"
I SAW henri zip lining in france right down from the eiffle tower!!! yep as always having a BALL!!!!
ha ha ha
ok now if you could go to ANY TWO PLACES in the world where would you go ???? whos up?
Oh me? idk maybey London and france or france aand ny I have never been out of the usa!!! boo hoo NOT im ok
I am laughing until I have tears and Bill is laughing along with me.
All of the posts are correct - except for the ziplining in from the Eiffel tower. Didn't make it to Paris but it is on my bucket list!
This year has been insane and we are totally out of control! Started with a 113 day world cruise, home 3 weeks, off to England for 2 weeks with a rental car, then a ferry to Amsterdam. WHEW!
Hopped on one cruise ship around Norway with tons of port and up past Spitsbergen to the polar ice cap. Back to Amsterdam where we stayed on the ship for a cruise around Ireland with a few more stops in England.
Then after returning to Amsterdam and staying for 3 more days, we got on another ship from Holland to Boston with stops at ports in Scotland and Canada.
Stopped at Cheers, got pictures of the pub but no Norm or Cliff sightings.
Some of my favorite highlights:
Meeting Rosey at Warwick castle for an amazing day of roaming around the fabulous castle and hearing the interesting stories.
Meeting Tammy in Liverpool where she treated us to a tour on the Magical Mystery Bus to see the Beatles old haunts and then visit the Cavern where the Beatles started for fish and chips.
Seeing the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theater on London's West End.
Visiting King Henry's VIII's castle - Hampton Palace and sitting at his chair at his banquet table
Going all the way into the polar ice cap past Spitsbergen, Norway. Our ship couldn't cut through ice so we had to turn around when the ice was starting to float all around us too thick.
Visiting the places with the windmills in Holland.
Looking for Nessie in Loch Ness but alas, she didn't come out of hiding.
Exploring small castle ruins in the Shetland Islands and having the entire place to ourselves. In fact, we were told if it was locked to go to the museum for a key and if it was closed the hotel next door had a key but someone had left it unlocked.
Seeing the place in Belfast where the Titanic was built and also seeing the only ship made by that company (Star) which still exists, the Nomadic which was the tender for the Titanic's 1st and 2nd class passengers because the Titanic was too big to get to the dock in Cherbourg, France so it had to tender.
Seeing a puffin colony in Iceland.
Visiting the gravesites of Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Mother Goose in Boston.
Playing in Salem where the witch trials were held and having a wonderful sea food lunch at a little clam shack we discovered in Salem.
Dinner at the Union Oyster House in Boston - America's oldest continually operating restaurant.
Coming home and sleeping in my own bed! That is a real treat for us!
Now - I loved the idea of everything posting their bucket list items.
Egypt was mentioned - my favorite place to visit. Hot, dirty, sticky, absolutely filthy if truth be known but the most fascinating place I've ever been and I welcome every chance to go back because it is has the most fascinating history of any place I've ever been.
Valley of the kings is so hot people pass out in those tiny tombs but they are fascinating and worth the long wait in lines to get in - its worse than lines at Disney but the feeling of walking into King Tut's tomb - I can't describe the feeling. If you have the opportunity - do it.
I love the pyramids too, in fact I'm scrapping that now from our trip last summer.
Great wall was mentioned - it was awesome. There are 4 sections and the one I recommend starts with an "M" - if interested I can look it up.
You take a ski life to the top of the wall so you can walk for days if you want. When ready to come down you can take the ski life back down or you can take a toboggan. That is what we did.
My bucket list is to go to Petra, Jordan. I really want to see the city carved in the rocks that was at the ending of Indiana Jones. Bill has seen it and says it was awesome. As a Christian I want to see where Moses led the Exodus out of Egypt, that would be fascinating to me. Petra is where the burning bush was.
I want to see Paris. Would LOVE to see Paris.
I want to see a lot more of Scotland.
Would love to go to Antarctica but that is a difficult one now. Can be done but very expensive.
Forgot to say thank you to Darla. You made my day with this thread - just so sweet to do this.
Just read back through my post above and I didn't say how good it may me feel to come home to this. You are awesome to think of me!
I'm just sorry it didn't work out when we were going to meet. I'm not sure but I think that Bill was in the hospital so the trip didn't work out. Just don't remember but I got excited when I thought we would have the opportunity to meet!
Next time it will work out - took a couple tries for Rosey and me!
Welcome back.....so glad you had a great time. I am so envious of your trips. Glad you are back safe and sound.....not to rub it in but I am planning my Paris trip right now for October 2015......wanna come.....LOL
Yes I want to come! Color me bright green with envy. I hope every trip will get me there and some have come close, but not all the way to Paris.
This trip took me to Cherbourg, France. Close but not close enough to see the Eiffel tower. Maybe some day.
I love travelling but they say the fence is always greener on the other side and there is a lot of truth to that. I envy people that have normal, stable lives who know where they will be from day to day and are able to have a good life with family and friends at home. I miss that.
I have a crop group but I've missed every crop this year and 3 were weekend crops. I miss that kind of thing. I love travelling with my husband but at heart - I'm a homebody.
Welcome back Henri! I really enjoy your travel stories, and your layouts always captivate me.
There are 2 place I would like to visit.
The first is Normandy, France. When my son was stationed at Ramstein AFB we were going to go see him and take a trip to Normandy. Unfortunately, he ended up in Kuwait that summer so we didn't go to see him.
The other place I would like to go to is Poland. My great-grandparents emigrated from there in the late 1890s.
I love Ramstein AFB - its my favorite base anywhere. The big guest lodgning - more of a nice hotel on base overlooks the airfield. We were on the 7th floor with a big plate glass window overlooking the airfield and enjoyed watching the big C5's run around all day.
If you go out the back door of the guest lodging there is a 2-story mall and massive food court. Last time we were there Emeril Lagasse was doing cooking demonstrations.
We were in Cherbourg a few months ago and wanted to go to Normandy but it was really too much for a 1 day port. Several on the ship went to Normandy and not only were they completely worn out, they didn't get to spend time at the cemetery, they were just rushed through so they could snap a few pictures. They also felt like they were too rushed seeing everything else at Normandy. We will do it another time maybe when we have time to fully appreciate it.
Poland is also on our bucket list. Neither of us have ever been there and I think it would be a fascinating place to visit. We don't have a family history there like you do but still, it would be fascinating!
Glad to see you are back home, Henri! I have checked in a time or two to see where you are/were!! I love looking at your pages and travel through you!! I have never left U.S. and probably never will but if I could I'd like to visit Ireland (family history) and Egypt (Biblical history). I would also like to visit all 50 of the United States.....but we tend to be more of those homebodies you talked about! lol Living on a ranch in the middle of the Sandhills of Nebraska the closest to Stonehenge we will ever get is carhenge near Alliance, Nebraska!! You keep traveling and scrapping and I will keep following and looking!
Thank you Wilbur - you are always so kind to me. I enjoy your posts so much! You have been a great encourager for me!
Thank you for your sweet post Gramma Jo! I appreciate your words and am flattered that you follow my layouts and travel through me.
Where in Ireland would you visit? Its a beautiful country even though I've only seen the coastal parts but not inside the country.
For Biblical history my favorite place so far has been Ephesus. That is where John the Baptist is buried and where Mary lived out her last days. Also where the disciples preached. Just gives me goosebumps even thinking about it.
I stood at the side of the place he is buried and didn't want to walk away. I was the same way at the Vatican at Peter's gravesite inside the cathedral. And Mark's grave in St. Mark's square in Italy.
I actually have my Ephesus pages near the top of the stack of layouts to be put together. I have a lot of research to do before I put them together.
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