Tour de Paris!

Ahh, Paris! The city of lights and love.

Due to a delayed flight (naughty BA), I had arrived later than I had hoped but I was prepared to squeeze in a bit of Parisian touring.

The city holds a very special place in my heart as it was my first trip to Europe in 2006 with my Aunt Linda and Uncle Mark. We rang in 2007 under the glittering Eiffel Tower and it was as magical as it sounds. My Aunt & Uncle are two of the most seasoned travelers I know, making my first abroad an unforgettable one.

I caught the traveling bug.

This is my fourth trip to Paris and each time, I fall in love just a bit more.

view from the hotel

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Amsterdam

Finally, I can say that I’ve made it to Amsterdam!

What a beautiful, lovely city, and as my dear friend Jaimie put it:

There are bikes on bikes on bikes.

There are bikes in the road, on the side walks, tied to fire hydrants, street lights, cars, people, buildings and other bikes.

There is also no shortage of canals.

lovely amsterdam

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Beer Steins, Lederhosen & Birthday Cake Part 2

The workshop went ever so smoothly, which was especially great since the CEO was in town.

We had 15 minutes to change into our Bavarian gear, consisting of lederhosen (for men), checkered dresses and patterned aprons before we were off!

Lederhosen and dirndls are a country-inspired fashion in Bavaria, but I’m not quite sure how these country ladies got their hands on the Victoria’s Secret miracle bras, required to complete the dirndl ensemble. If your lady parts (boobs), weren’t spilling over the top of your dirndl, then you weren’t wearing it properly.

We had to cover up the girls first before sending a pic to Christiane’s mom!

dirndl

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Cruisin’ on the Thames

I took some friendly advice from a Londoner and spent the late afternoon cruising on the River Thames. I haven’t spent a whole lot of time touring the city yet, so he suggested this would be a good start.

The Tower of London is located next to the Pier, and as you can see there was something happening. Dear Google, ‘Why is the Tower of London covered in red flowers?’…

The Tower of London marked the 100th year anniversary of the First World War with an installation (the peonies) called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

tower of londonThere will be 888,246 ceramic poppies to fill the Tower’s moat. One poppy for each British military fatality during the war.

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