Sunday, October 21, 2012

Our 5th Anniversary Trip to Paris

Our Paris trip to you say?...ah yes, magnifique.

Getting there and back was interesting: in either direction, it involved three trains, a plane, and a bus. We saw some great scenery - both French and English - along the way.

Once we were arrived in the city, we had right at 48 hours to explore. Here's what we experienced:

1) Grande Arche
2) Arc de Triomphe 
3) Champ Elysees
4) Tuileries
5) Louvre 
6) Notre Dame
7) Musee D'Orsay
8) Eiffel Tower
9) La Petite Chaise

Whew! Quite a whirlwind, but it was without a doubt one of the best trips of my life. Everything was great, and  I was especially taken with Notre Dame. The artistry inside and out was unbelievable in scope and beauty.

Our anniversary dinner was at the oldest restaurant in Paris - La Petite Chaise. It is a small, quaint place with a traditional French menu - which, to be honest, was intimidating at first. But then I started eating...and wow. I had escargot, duck, and gingerbread mousse cake. It do you say?...ah yes, off the chain.

But undoubtedly the best part of the trip was sharing it with my bride of 5 years. Happy anniversary Steph!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

View from the Top...of a Double-decker!

A few days ago, Steph and I took our first ride on the top deck of a double-decker bus. At the front of the top deck, there's a large windshield, and when you sit in the first or second row behind it, the combination of height, shaking, and speed make for a pretty thrilling ride. It's especially thrilling because people drive wildly over here, and bus drivers are no exception. Here's a video I took of the experience; it's just a couple of quick shots, the first in the town of Beeston, where we live, and the second within the Nottingham city-center. 

You'll notice that towards the end of the first shot we approach a round-about. You have to be careful with those in England, because you might get caught in one a la Clark Griswold: "Look kids: Big Ben, Parliament."