And now what?…..

Heather and I have both managed to beat the tiresome Jet lag and adjust to Pacific NW!  The number one question was always “What are you most excited to get back to?” (Besides family and friends, a given).  There were a couple food items but the biggest for me, a proper dryer!  I LOVE fluffing my clothes!!!  Who ever knew it was such a luxury?!  Heather has been enjoying the fresh seafood and of course, her beloved Blue Moon!

As for the inevitable, work.  We are both currently employed with Cross Country Travel, a travel nursing agency.  I have accepted an 8 week, day shift position working with Swedish Edmond’s in the ICU to assist in their transition to EPIC (computer charting).  It’s actually going a lot better than I imagined, I’m hoping they will let me extend right up to the holiday season 🙂

Heather has recently accepted a night position in the ICU at Providence in Everett that she starts soon (Yayyyy, we get to keep her for a little before Colorado scoops her up).

I think I can speak for us both when I say, Adventure of a Lifetime is an understatement!  As much as we missed our family and friends, the memories that we now will hold forever are priceless.  We managed to visit 12 plus different countries, try foods we never knew existed and met handfuls of amazing people!

And yes, Heather and I are still friends 🙂  We made a great (and self-entertaining) travel duo, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in crime!

So I guess it is time to sign off on the blog…thanks for all the support and commentary….

You never know if there will be a round 2…but for now… Cheers mate!

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Iceland

Trying to take advantage of every opportunity possible (and a cheaper airline ticket), we schedule a 3 day layover in Iceland before we touchdown in North America. We really didn’t know what to expect of this country, little research was done, as usual.  A very pleasant surprise!!!  Maybe one of my favorites?!  The view before landing gave me my first clue that it might be a tad chilly here….yep, that’s a massive Glacier 🙂

We stayed in the town of Reykjavik.  It’s very similar to a mountain town.  Everyone dressed in their rain coats and backpacks, where Beanie’s and boots were the dress code 🙂  Note the sun is setting and its about 22:00…we forgot about the whole 20 some hours of daylight situation.  Thank goodness summer was nearly over by the time we arrived 🙂

Paul Allen’s small boat was out and about.  I’d like to see the big boat!  This one had 2 helicopters on the back that appeared as micro-machines!

Due to our limited time, we decided to be seasoned speedy tourists.  Starting with the most popular tour, The Golden Circle. The circle route taken was the first road built in Iceland, hitting the 3 main attractions. (And of course a few extras on the tour).

This is the main power plant on Iceland and provides almost all the electricity and heat for the entire country!  It was built to be self-sufficient with 3 workers, there are only 12 employees!!! It’s very interesting how they use the natural hot springs for so many things.  Utility bills are an all-in-one package running a total of about $75 a month!!! So frickin cheap!  On the downside, all the hot water smells TERRIBLE…. sulfur 😦  If you are unfamiliar, rotten eggs!  Needless to say, it made for really quick showers in the morning.  What they have done that is quite cool though, the town of Reykjavik has heated pavement so the snow never sticks to the roads 🙂

First stop, a “small waterfall”… 🙂

A long day of driving but the views were spectacular!

About 2/3 of the land looks similar to this, Lava Highlands.  Note that moss is growing on the old lava, apparently in 500-3,000 years, it will be soil.  I’m not waiting around for that to happen…

First official part of the circle, Gulfoss Waterfall.  It was quite massive!

This is a small volcano crater with a diameter about 200 m (656 ft).  Normally they can range up to 300 km (186 miles)!!!  However, this one is cool because Bjork had a floating stage built for the first concert to take place.  I so wish I could partake in a concert in a crater, siting around the edges, lying in the grass with a bottle of wine…. I would have even settled for Bjork 🙂

Next stop, the Geysers.  This is the largest most active geyser, shoots water 35-40 m (115-130 ft), similar to Old Faithful, 40 m, in Yellow Stone Park.

It blows every 3-5 minutes. Badass!  They do have a geyser that shoots water up to 90 m, however it is not nearly as often and is usually after an earthquake.  Last blew about 4 months ago.  I’m totally ok that I didn’t see that one 🙂

As suggested from our tour guide, we ate at a small restaurant called the Sea Barron.  You order your kabob of choice choosing from a variety of fresh seafood and veg (Including Mink Whale, I couldn’t convince H to try it) and then the famous Lobster Soup. OMG!!!! Delicious 🙂  And so cheap compared to everything else!  To touch on food prices a minute, yes it is very expensive to eat in Iceland.  Our guide explained it as if we ate all our meals prepared with food purchased from your local organic food store (Whole Foods, PCC etc).  Hormones are extremely illegal in Iceland, so everything is 100% Organic!  All the animals are pure breds because other animals are not allowed to be imported and of course, not many are willing to swim here 🙂  The animals actually look as if they are ancient.  This is also the only country where McDonald’s actually went bankrupt!  There is no longer any McDonald’s in the country 🙂

Saegreifinn (Sea Baron)

Now onto a part of their land that holds quite a bit of history, Þingvellir National Park. It was very interesting to learn but have been unable to retain all that information.  However, what I do know is that the wall you see is the edge of the North American Tectonic plate! Also the land in front of the wall is where many meetings of bill writing etc was held umpteen years ago.

This is the area between the 2 tectonic plates.  They described the plates as acting like the white part in a hard-boiled egg. Normal land is 20km thick whereas in this valley, it’s only 3km. Don’t worry, we all walked very gently 🙂

Heather was trying to push her way into our country 🙂

The water between is CRYSTAL clear.  I could basically read the years on the coins that people dropped down, amazing!  I would have liked to scuba but VERY cold. Hypothermia sets in about 12 minutes later, no thanks.

Day 2….Glacier Lagoon tour (+extras).  This was a very loooooonnnngggg day. 12 hour tour 😦  But the scenery was again, breathtaking. Along the way we passed by so many waterfalls, this is one that we got a closer look at 🙂

We even got to walk behind it 🙂

Brrr….

More scenery…

Puffins! Note they are birds, not like penguins which we originally thought 😦  However, a girl we were on this tour with is a marine biologist who studies penguins in Antarctica 🙂  She told us they can get up to 5 ft tall !!!!!!  That’s worth a trip to Antarctica for 🙂

I see a Glacier!

And we finally arrive at our destination!

We take a land-boat for a closer look 🙂

Seals!

This Iceberg has literally just flipped over, hence the bright blue color!

Warming up with a cup of Rum Hot Chocolate…Mmmmmmm

Last day, we decide to head to the famous Blue Lagoon, the largest natural hot spring (and most resort like).  A little relaxation before our 8 hour flight…

Look at the walls.  Nasty buildup of bacteria and whatever…so grossed out…we have to keep moving along….

We were told about the Silica Mud masks.  It is apparently amazing anti-aging and all sorts of other natural minerals etc. The mud is kept out in boxes to use at your leisure.  I didn’t read the sign because I felt like I was pre-warned.  The lady in the line told us to make sure we put conditioner in our hair and leave it in when we go out because it helps get the mud out later.  So Heather I did as we were told.  And smeared as much mud as possible 🙂

It’s starting to dry and get a little crusty…but I was told 15 minutes!  We have to wait!  Who cares that the sign says 5-10 minutes, the lady in line said 15 minutes 🙂  And Heather worried that “No one else is putting it in their hair?”…I kept with, “Well, we pre-conditioned for a purpose right?!”

We finally rinsed off in the waterfall nearby.  And let me say, the driest hair either of us have EVER encountered!!!  I was just going off the lady in line, I didn’t care that no one else was putting their hair.  Now I know why!  It worked as great volume though for a week or so 🙂  So those of you who ever decide to go, do NOT put the mud in your hair!  Even if you do the pre-condition…  That silica mud is bad news!

Homeward bound…Our adventure has come to a close.

We lucked out in our economy class seats though…massive leg room!  Enough to make us much less anxious, no sleep though…Hunger Games it was!

One last hoor-ah in Brighton!

So, after being in the UK for 9 months, our time is coming to an end. On our last shift at work, we had to show the Brits what a “Pot luck” was. And they kept saying we were having an “American potluck”, so we had to have some American flare – the flag! 🙂

We have come across so many amazing people in our short time there – we had to have one last pint with them before we left. So, we met at Sidewinders for one last hoor-ah!!! We weren’t the only two nurses leaving, another nurse names Faye is headed to Australia with her man – let’s have a combined goodbye party!!!

Me, Faye, Faith and Michelle

And the shots begin – thanks to Louise.

Cheers – Helen, Michelle, Louise, Kate, Drew, Christopher, Faye, me and Tania.

Louise and I

Tania and Michelle

Drew, Christopher, me, Louise and Faye with her sexy legs! 🙂

After Sidewinders, we got our dance on!!! Good times, lots of pints, and good friends. Our Brighton friends will be missed. there is on things over the 9 months that we learned – and that is how to speak British English. Here are some of the sayings/phrases we learned along the way. Sorry, some words are nursing terms. 🙂

Spend a penny- bathroom
Muppet- idiot
Dummy-pacifier
Aubergine- eggplant
Capsicum- peppers- aussie
Courgette- Zucchini 
Craic- having fun (Irish)
Squash- concentrated juice
Que-line
Dropped scones- pancakes 
Dishy- tasty
Knob- penis
Hank- starving 
Jelly- jello
Pudding- dessert
Taking the piss- making fun of
Bung- red caps (Nursing)
Inko- chucks (pads that nurses use here in the US)
Gelo- plasmalyte (IV fluid)
Hartmans- Lactated Ringers (IV fluids)
BM- blood sugar
Let/For hire- rent
Bollocks- shit- bad
Dog's Bollocks- really good
Trolley- cart with 4 wheels
Snogging- making out with tongue 
Busking- playing instruments for money in the street 
Apple and pears- stairs
Deep seadiver - 5 pounds
Penny lane- the drain/ grates
Whistle and flute- suit 
Stag and Hen parties- bachelor and bachelorette parties 
Dog and bone- phone 
Skank- bugs/ virus
Trouble and strife- wife
Todger - penis
Tosser - jerk off 
Quaffing- drink it
Faffing- being busy but not doing anything
Barm cake- bread roll
Braces- suspenders



Before we left, Marcello met us at the bus station to say goodbye -and like he promised - he had the American Flag from the potluck! 
Brighton - it has been fun, the memories and friends - will NEVER be 
forgotten!!! Thank you MATES for everything!!!! xo

BELGIUM!!!!

So we have a few days off from work – and why sit at home? Let’s head to Belgium – they are known for there

waffles,

frites,

mussels (which Michelle had a pot on 2 different nights),

beer and

CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to our room in Belgium!!! Let’s walk around –

 

and we found this gynormous metal umbrella.

 

And this statue of an old lady with her change purse opened up – Michelle has her fingers in there. 🙂

Let’s try out the beers – this particular beer fits into this holder.

Went here later that night, Delirium. So many beers on tap!!!

The next day we decided that we would take a train to Bruges and bike ride to Damme. Warning, I have never been on a actual bike in 10 years!!! So different from the bike at the gym.

Yes, when you rent bikes here, you don’t have the option to have a helmet.

Michelle riding a bike and taking a picture of us at the same time. This took a few shots to get this. 🙂

We rode in the country – basically through towns, by cow pastures, windmills…..

The steps to this windmill was very steep – she is high up there.

 

 

We ended up in this square and did some shopping. After some shopping, we went to get some amazing seafood.

 

It was so yummy!

Only spent 2 nights and 3 days between the 2 cities, but the views, food, beers were amazing. If you head over, word of advice, eat the waffles from the street vendors as opposed to the restaurants – way better and cheaper! And stop in all the chocolate shops you see and have a couple pieces from each. The expensive places aren’t always the best ones. Also, beware of the cheeses – they have some good ones, and they have some STINKY ones. And try the beers! CHEERS!

Olympics – USA BABY!!!!!!

Well after a lot of hard work and persistence, Michelle got us Beach Volleyball tickets. It all started when our English friend Rachel said that the men would be in Speedo’s and playing in front of Buckingham Palace – umm….yes please!!!!!

Official Tickets!!!!!!

   USA Pride!    We are here!!!!!    Sand sculptures…    He is working on the next one.       Going in – seeing a total of 4 matches.    Brazil vs Czech – Brazil won.     Switzerland vs Russia – Russia won.

USA vs Latvia

Guess who won?

 

 US BABY!!!!!!!!!!

Team GB vs Norway

And team GB lost. 😦

 Heading to Hyde Park to meet with some friends and watch some concerts.

 Celebration drinks.

 Umm… look what Michelle convinced me to sit on……

Hanging with our Aussie friends. 🙂

What a great day of beach volleyball, concerts, drinks, and friends. What a good year to be in London – and knowing now – USA won the most gold medals!!!!!! 🙂

Croatia ~ Michelle’s 30th Bday celebration!!!

We flew into Split… breathtaking!

We have a couple of days before we set sail…  There are amazing National Parks parks nearby and tons of beautiful beaches so had a REALLY difficult time deciding what we wanted to do.

Disregarding the advice from the locals, we decided to try and find our way to Krka National Park to swim in the waterfalls 🙂  Lots of traveling (they don’t have AC in this country), and language barrier (I speak absolutely NO Croatian), hot as hell, but waterfalls in mind… A few hours later, we arrive at the Park.

They have a nice trail leading you all throughout…

Lots of little rivers and waterfalls and then we can hear in the distance a lot more substantial amount of water

And soon enough, we are swimming within… the water is sooooo clear!

Testing my new waterproof camera to its full potential 🙂

Decided the boat cruise route on the way out.  It was very pretty but we were a little distracted from our new found love for the flavored beers 🙂  SO refreshing!

The next day we decided to see what Extreme Canyoning is all about.  They say no skill is required and no level of fitness is required.  I’m nervous it’s going to be boring, it was anything BUT boring.  It was awesome!!!!

This is from the top of the canyon we are about to mob down 🙂  This was potentially my last smiling photo… ( I did make sure we both had our travel insurance cards handy)

The activities for the day include normal hiking, river floating, cliff jumping, rapelling and jumping from rock to rock down the Cetina River.

The “Extreme” part of it is the repelling bit.  Out of like 10-15 ish people, Heather and I are the only 2 willing 🙂  Our first trek is down the Gubvica waterfall, 200 feet down 🙂

Me waiting at the bottom while Heather mentally prepares herself for the plunge down 🙂

Half-time breather…we are still smiling 🙂

Second repell…this one is only 50 feet.  We had the option of jumping, H and I just laughed at the guy…yeah right!

We are a bit tired but so worth it 🙂  Such a great start to my Bday trip!!!!!

Now headed down the way to Brela, supposed to be an amazing beach.  We read somewhere it is the #7 beach, maybe in the world….  don’t quote me on this.

These purple flowers are all through Croatia, I love them 🙂

Brela beach….

Not overly impressed.

But they do have our new favorite brew, it tastes like Squirt 🙂

And the water is crystal clear!  Which it is everywhere in the Adriatic Sea we will go but we are still very impressed by this!

Back in Split for a proper dinner out 🙂

Fresh fish, local entertainment….amazing!

Fresh veg and fruit everywhere…This particular fruit just happened to catch my eye…very interesting shape….

Its now time to set sail.  We head to the marina to meet our fellows mates for the next 7 days and our home, Franco…43ft yacht (I would call it a sail boat but they say yacht).

I didn’t remember to capture a photo of our living arrangements for the next week.  I tried to prepare Heather as much as possible but needless to say, she was a bit surprised at the small confinement of our ‘bunk beds’.  And no air Conditioning or fans.  All of us took turns sleeping outside under the stars, trying to catch a bit of the breeze 🙂

Bon Voyage…

Settling right in 🙂  We are on board with 3 Aussie couples.  One of which happens to be starting up with our same nursing agency soon…..small world.  Needless to say, we now have 3 nurses on the boat, we should be safe 🙂

Our backyard for the evening, on Sesula.  And the restaurant above.  They took our order a few hours early to minimize our wait time, increase our swimming time, so nice 🙂

Heather with Hugo (our Captain)

It’s my Birthday today!!!!!!!!!!!!!  A rough day at sea at that 😦  Thank goodness for Ondansetron 🙂

Next stop Vis.

Heather and I (and 8 others from a different boat) decide to trek to the other side of the island to check out the Blue Caves.

Vineyards 🙂

2 more boat rides and we will be there. Our skipper on the first trek, Heather likes the uniforms here 😉

Second boat ride…

That is the cave…

And once you get in, the water is seriously glowing bright blue!!!!

It is sooooooo clear!  The guy even let us swim, apparently not many people get the opportunity 🙂

Back “home” we go, we have some partying to do!

Heather came prepared with a few surprises for my birthday 🙂  You know I love flair!!!!

There was a “social” that night for all the MedSailors on our dock before dinner.  This is the Franco boat, our family for a week 🙂  Heather and I were very nervous about who would be on the boat with us and how does the company match up who is with whom.  We were a bit worrisome in the beginning that we were with 3 couples but soooooo thankful that were were all together!  Couldn’t have asked for better mates!  We all got along just great, became the Franco family 🙂

Funny story.  Some of you may know that Heather and I sleep with ‘soothing sounds’.  So the first night, we had on the rain drops.  The next morning Joel mentioned that he couldn’t sleep well because after he got up to use the loo, he heard a massive leak and thought for sure he broke something.  I was trying to think if I heard anything (our rooms are right next to one another), and then it dawned on me, he was hearing our ‘rain’!  We all got a great laugh about it. However, a few night later, we switched our sound to beach waves.  In the morning, Jono was asking Hugo, our Skipper, about the weather because he heard such rough waves but the boat didn’t seem to be moving 🙂  Again, a great laugh!

 

Went for a nice dinner on the water, followed by a few (multiplied by 10) drinks after 🙂  This massive sparkler I am holding happens to be my candle! Thanks Heather 🙂

It’s a long story…but I had to get at 30 tick marks between drinks and kisses (on the cheek).  I’m an over achiever!

Thank goodness the next day was a lazy day in Scedro…

The essentials….

Home. This is how we tied up nightly (8 boats total).  Heather decided to give the paddle board a go 🙂

So then we thought we’d give it a go with both of us….not so easy…

Searching the water with my camera, Heather finds a sea cucumber…

And decides she should go down and get him.  Hahahahah…

The island we are stopped at has a population of 30 people or so.  Not much happening but a family run restaurant.  And they make there own wine…. Jono went to get a bottle before dinner 🙂 Mmmmm, but VERY strong!

Back on the boat after dinner, we go for a swim.  It was way to difficult to catch on camera but basically the water glows green as you are swimming!  I’m not kidding, it was not the amount of wine I drank.  Apparently it’s the phosphorus and when it’s splashed about, it glows!  So all the little bits you can see in this pic were sparkling bright green!  It happened the rest of the trip, very encouraging for night swims 🙂

Hugo would put out a rope so we all just hang on while he drives. An easy way for all of us to freshen up in the am 🙂

Just sailin’…. Life being 30 is great!

A long day at sea and this butterfly landed on Emily’s dress.  It stayed for hours!!!!  That must bring her some sort of good luck or something 🙂

Pulling into our next stop, Palmizana

We decide to head to the other side of the island and check out the beach

Very nice but watch where you step… Urchins everywhere!!!!

Nice little walk back. Lots of interesting and massive plants.  Aloe anyone?

We take a boat over to Hvar.  A few ‘before dinner drinks’ and watch the sunset.

Heather teaching people the cupid shuffle.  There are little girls in the water following along as well 🙂

Sunset!

Stroll through town to dinner…

Strikin a pose

The ‘special’ shot.  I don’t remember what it is called.  Owwww!!!!!

Lots of good times….

Due to noise regulations, Hvar shuts down at 03:00.  So you can take another boat to Party Island. We were all so tired but had to take a chance at the opportunity (I believe we were the only ones that went for it in our entire Med Sailor group). Yeah Franco!!!!

Went for a swim and then went back home.

After a long night, we are all thankful for the easy going next day. Lots of swimming. Thankful for the calm waters today 🙂

Taking time to assess all of our Cankles and Heat rash 😦

We pull into Stari Grad early afternoon.  Very cute and quiet 🙂

We just go for a walk around town (hoping to get a massage-no luck)

Next day, Race Day!!!!!

We all had our assigned jobs…all equally important 🙂

Brett was Captain.

Juls and I on the Jibs

Jono, actively working- pulling in the Jib

Heather in charge of refreshments and entertainment

Emily manning the snacks so they don’t fall over.  (Frisky not pictured, taking her job seriously-watching over “the button”).  We came in third place 😦  But we were racing with a handicap, Franco is the fastest boat.

Stop for lunch in a little cove.  Nice to have a bit of cloud cover today, constant 90s heat and sun is tiring. The boys love playing catch with there ball 😉

The Italian Skipper of another boat.  Enjoying the view 🙂

Pulling into our home for the last night, Bobovisca.

Heather enjoying one of the last showers on the boat 🙂

I can’t ever get enough of our views…

Frisky, aka Heather, would braid hair most nights.  Tonight Hugo thought he’d get in on the action 🙂

Last sunset…

Taking the dingy to dinner…

Our last dinner as a family 😦  So grateful for all of our new friends!

Loving my braid!  My hair has been nothing but a hot mess the entire trip 🙂

We loved all the FRESH seafood the entire time!  But my favorite dinner was tonight, fresh grilled squids!  Mmmmmmm 🙂

Local entertainment on the deck after words 🙂

Last day at sea 😦  So tired.  I can’t be assed to swim!  (Our new favorite phrase, “I can’t be assed” or “I can’t be bothered”.  Common among the Aussies and the Brits.)

Breaking up is hard to do….

Good bye Croatia

Heading to dinner in Split one more time

Always entertainment wherever you go 🙂

This was such a fabulous trip, maybe my favorite yet!  Very difficult to share in the blog, pictures and words just don’t express enough of the unforgettable memories.

Mama K and Dad come to visit!!

My Dad’s motto was to see as much as he can in the amount of time he could. Well, that was 7 countries in 2 weeks. No wonder Americans are known as speedy travelers.

No rest for the weary…the day they landed, flying through the night and jet lagged – to London we go to see The Wizard of Oz play.

The next day my parents left me behind and went to Gatwick airport (because I had to work) where they went to Lisbon and Madrid (to meet my dad’s cousin whom he’s never met).

Mom at Harrod’s prior to leaving.

The following images are when they were with our cousin and during there trip to Lisbon and Madrid.

Then after I worked a few shifts, I met up with them in Barcelona.

We decided to do a hop off/hop on bus tour. Also get a tour of Sagrada Familia. A famous Catholic church – groundbreaking was in 1882 – Gaudi’s design and planned to be finished in 2026. Absolutely stunning!

Barcelona is such an amazing city – I need to go back and spend some more time there – but this was the first stop of our cruise.

All aboard! Costa Magic was the name of our ship by Costa Cruise Line. And yes….this is the cruise line that had a ship sink this year. But, hey – the price was right! 😉

Next stop after Barcelona was Palma de Mallorca, Spain. We decided on doing a tour of the island.

Got to visit an old bull ring.

And it seems like every city you visit in Europe, you must see a church. 🙂

Back to the ship – tomorrow we head to Malta.

Here we decide to do a jeep tour of the island. They take you to places that buses can’t go.

The view of the cliffs were just amazing!

Something I learned while visiting this island was that the film Popeye was filmed here. They came in and built the set and after filming it, they left it. Now tourists pay money to go and view it. Crazy this film was made in 1979 and the set is still up and standing.

The next day we went to Catania, Italy. Such a cute, quaint city. We did a walking tour here.

Umm…. yes, that is a smoking/active volcano on the island.

Heather, Mama K (Karen), Jorge

Some sights on the tour….

The architecture they have in Europe is incredible!

The next day we went to Naples and took a bus tour to Pompei.

The city of stone. The city is famous for it’s ancient ruins.

I found it very interesting that this was inside of a brothel. There aresSigns above the rooms and the gentleman will pick his lady by what sort of activity that is on the sign.

And gentleman don’t worry……these little images are on walls and streets guiding you how to get there. 🙂

The middle of the square. It was so HOT throughout this tour that every bit of shade we could find, we were there. None in this square.

The next day we arrived to Savona, Italy and decided to take a bus to the famous Monte Carlo.

First stop of our tour – the church where the famous Grace Kelly was buried. I never knew she was the Princess of Monaco.

People are more familiar with Monaco for the Grand Prix. The bus took us on a bit of the drive that the cars race on.

An amazing view!

This country is nothing short of money. Everything is clean, expensive, boats are yachts, cars are Bentley’s, Rolls Royces’s, Lamborghini’s, the people are well groomed and dressed to the 9’s. If I only knew French – my next travel nurse destination would be here.

The next day we ended up back in Barcelona where we took a flight to Paris.

The bottom of the Louvre.

The top! Stunning! And the tour guide said all the facts in the book Da Vinci Code is false.

Venus

The famous Monte Lisa. We learned that an employee that worked there in 1911 stole it and 2 years later it was returned. The employee had stolen it and went to Paris with is saying he was returning something that had been stolen from Napoleon. Now the Mona Lisa sits in a bullet proof case. Since then, it has been the most famous painting there.

From here we went on a bus and boat tour of the city. This is the Arc de Triumph.

Notre Dame from the water.

The famous Eiffel Tower.

After 2 days in Paris, back to London were we went to the some tourists spots and the Taste of London. We were able to try a lot of local restaurants cuisines.

Big Ben

The London Eye

Our last day in London we spent many hours here. Where they filmed Harry Potter. I am not posting any pictures of the inside, because who knows maybe one day you will want to go experience it. It is quite interesting to see the sets as they are and how they were used in the film. I recommend it to the Harry Potter fans. Lots of props, sets, wardrobes and you can even get Butter Beer!

After a full 2 weeks, we went back to Brighton and the next day my parents went home. A bit sad, but they knew they would see me in a few months. 🙂