Friday, November 30, 2007

Pictures from London & Paris

We made it back from our week-long Thanksgiving trip to Europe. I won't give a full travelogue of the journey since my wife did a good job of doing that on her blog. But I will post a few pictures and give you all a brief overview.

The weather was fantastic - relatively speaking. We had no rain during the day, and it was only overcast in the morning. The temperature was cold, but that just made walking around the city easier. We spent the first 2 days in London exploring the city, then rented a car for the next 2 days to explore the countryside. The 5th day was spent in Paris. We got up early that day and rode the Eurostar (in first class, mind you) high-speed train (200mph) from London to Paris in 2 hours. We came back to London late that night. The last day was spent in London before heading home to the States.

Overall, I'd say it was a perfect trip! Even my first experience driving a right-sided car on the left side of the road went well. Of course, it helped that Hertz upgraded us from a Toyota Prius (hey, gas is $12 a gallon there) to a diesel Volvo S80. We drove in style. I only ran over one curb, and it was only an inch high! But man, driving on the other side of the road is truly an experience. It is not for the faint of heart - especially when you're learning in central London traffic! Thankfully, none of us died.

This was my first trip to the UK since living there as a kid in 1984, so it was a really special (I hate using that word, but it was) experience for me. It was also my first time in Europe since 1998 when I visited Denmark and Sweden with my Dad and sister.

If you have questions about any of the pictures... just post them below. Enjoy!


Joanna said...

Nice pics Dan! Sounds like a great time. Glad you guys got to go.

Merianne said...

Thanks for posting pictures of ME! :)

mole said...

I agree Merianne.. Dan, where are the pictures of your wife? You're so narcissistic!

Anonymous said...

What's behind you in the first picture?
I am so incredibly envious of your trip, but at the same time really glad you guys went and had a great time. No, not just a great time, but a "special" time! haha!
But seriously, you and Merianne deserved the trip away. I hope you do it again. (and take me with you!)

Anonymous said...

by the way, the post about taking the person with you, was from me, stephanie....the absent minded one who fogot to sign her name! haha!

Conservative Futurist said...

Well, Mer posted all of the good couple pictures on her site... I just didn't want to double the effort! :)