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Laura
01-14-2007, 10:59 AM
Well, it is hard to believe, but I have now been back in the States for a week. I finally uploaded, labeled, and organized all of my pictures. I have put the link here to imagestation if anyone wants to view the entire trip http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2096675808, but will also post a few pics here.

Overall, the trip was wonderful. I think I was most disappointed in London only because I was blown away by how expensive it is. We really didn’t have much time there, but unless the dollar starts to improve in strength against the pound sometime soon, I really don’t feel the need to return.

Our time in Scotland was wonderful. My children especially felt an immediate kinship with the country given their last name (MacPherson). The Scottish people are so open and friendly. The landscape is wild and untamed in many places (which unfortunately was matched by the weather during our stay). The only downside to the trip was that my SO had a stomach bug that pretty much lasted the entire time we were in Scotland, and the weather was horrendous. I would love to return to Scotland, but want to do so in the summer.

By far, the best part of the trip was our time in France. Perhaps it was reconnecting with my roommate and being on the receiving end of her wonderful hospitality, but there is also a magic about Paris that existed no where else on our trip. Although I had been to France 22 years ago, the city truly captured me with its beauty.

About the pictures, if you decide to look at the online album, you will notice an inordinate amount of pictures of DD. What can I say, she loves having her picture taken. I was wondering how much DS would enjoy this trip. All things being equal, he probably would have rather spent a week in the mountains boarding. Still, he loved the little bed and breakfast we stayed at in Innerleithen, Scotland, and meeting his little cousin. He was thrilled that he communicated with a French person at a café and was understood. His eyes were opened to the rest of the world and it made him want to see more (and appreciate what we have here).

Also, there are a number of pictures of DD and DS where they are giving somewhat strange looks. At some point in London, they decided not to smile for the rest of their pictures together. I can hear my mother saying, “But couldn’t you get them to smile for just one picture?” But the pictures I have of them make me smile, because it reminds me of the bond they have forged. To me, that is better than any perfect picture.

Thank you again for all those who have encouraged me during the journey, gave tips, and prayed for our trip. DD is now in France and realizing that her 3.5 years of HS French did not do much to prepare her for time there, but she is learning and loving it all the same.

DD and I at the Paddington Station
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pc5e366ad6c18707d636865e976d24681/eb1957b2.jpg

SO and I in front of Buckingham Palace
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pb1d5263311452368e3b100c35feff389/eb195793.jpg

SO and DS at the entrance to Imperial War Museum
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pc8045b20737a8dd7d355bf2ecc525693/eb194f03.jpg

Tower Bridge
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p83042d3fd967a3cec0b9e3732455b381/eb1948ff.jpg

DD and DS at Tower of London
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p50f96a3320bfe926972c5c2d1488dc1b/eb194780.jpg
View from Edinburgh Castle
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pa49e0eb3558a52557afa2da9305bb069/eb194491.jpg

Looking up at Edinburgh Castle
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pef83ae1c790a5d5c17c95150648e1581/eb1942ac.jpg

Another view of Edingburh castle
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pf9522615775c1afa69be71acd76c1026/eb194292.jpg

Wallace Monument
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p9fded942da3269f50294bf1fc7a114dd/eb19419a.jpg

DD and DS showing their signs at Wallace Monument
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pb907c83dc4cde61f3639bc12a495309d/eb193f66.jpg

Laura
01-14-2007, 11:19 AM
Sorry, second bit of pictures. I told you it was long. :o

Eiffel Tower
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pec7de3239e4540ea8bad4c398340b1f3/eb193ccc.jpg

DD, DS and I in front of the Eiffel Tower
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p0a4d55da429785d8b897a6e638618248/eb193878.jpg

Arc d'Triomphe from the Champs d'Elysee
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p2c5715fbc5035b4e063b2c17597d36cb/eb1936b3.jpg

Eiffel Tower at Night
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p5d39d682eed3428275f17fde4c7f6d84/eb193465.jpg

Notre Dame
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pd9487d3de51950e893cda4b5d78483f1/eb1930c2.jpg

Back of Notre Dame
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/p27103f1e6b0be29170a92be2cbdc78e8/eb192f51.jpg

My girlfriend Lina and me
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid222/pc281cb1e0eefe2b38a4a12bc5b06c6ca/eb192b23.jpg

helios7
01-14-2007, 12:01 PM
Looks like an amazing trip. I love Europe - we're actually hoping to go again this year. Your pictures have made me even more determined to get planning!

:) Thanks for sharing.

tyroleancutie
01-14-2007, 12:06 PM
Thanks for sharing those pictures! I looove London

sneezles
01-14-2007, 12:12 PM
Laura,
Your pics are great they bring back some great memories of our time in London and Scotland (though you can never trust Scottish weather even in the summer). Hope your daughter enjoys her time in France!

HejazSunKat
01-14-2007, 01:43 PM
Laura wonderful pictures! The one of Paige and the William Wallace statue made me laugh out loud. Looks like you all had a fantastic time and it makes me long to revisit both cities. Thanks for sharing them with us.

GingerPow
01-14-2007, 01:47 PM
Laura, thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us! The picture of the Eiffel Tower at night makes me sigh...:o

Chefzhat
01-14-2007, 02:04 PM
Laura, you're gorgeous!!! Hubba hubba :)

Wonderful pictures. They look so familiar, as my stepsweetie just returned from a semester in London. She found it to be expensive as well. And, like you, she thought that her side trip to Scotland was by far the best thing. She's dying to go back there. London - not so much.

I hope your daughter thoroughly enjoys this opportunity before her. I love watching our young adults "adventure".

Debie

SueK
01-14-2007, 02:38 PM
Laura - thanks for the pictures! They're absolutely beautiful and I loved your childrens' expressions in some of them. Loved the one of Paige and Peter Pan! Glad you had a good time, and I'm sure this will be an experience your daughter will never forget.

Lauren
01-14-2007, 03:33 PM
Laura,

Thanks so much for sharing! The pictures are wonderful! Paige's poses crack me up. :p What great looking kids you have!

Peggy
01-14-2007, 04:21 PM
Love your pictures! They bring back fond memories of our time in Europe. Keep us posted on your DD's experience in France. Such a wonderful opportunity for her.:)

Peggy

Kyra
01-14-2007, 04:29 PM
Laura,

Thanks so much for the trip report and the photos. One question: is your SO wearing a Miami sweatshirt, as in Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio?

Laura
01-14-2007, 04:38 PM
Laura,

Thanks so much for the trip report and the photos. One question: is your SO wearing a Miami sweatshirt, as in Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio?


Yep, his son plays hockey there.

Thanks everyone for the comments and sharing my pictures. It was a great trip!

wallycat
01-14-2007, 05:24 PM
Loved your pix!!!!
Cool family and friend...and I agree...hubba hubba, you're easy on the eyes too!
Sorry to hear about your friend's tummy issues....Europe and great food and a tummy bug are horrible!

I miss Europe so much. MUST make DH go back again soon!!!

SugarNSpice
01-14-2007, 07:27 PM
You're making me want to get on a plane and go back to Europe much sooner than I've planned!! I have been wanting to go to Paris and Scotland since I can remeber, the countryside in Scotland looks so beautiful. I agree that England can be less enjoyable because of the prices, and in my case it was tacked on to the end of a very long trip to Italy. I was fried by the time London came around and I just wanted to get back to my own bed.

Happy Travels!

honeygirl1971
01-15-2007, 12:31 AM
Great photos! Glad to hear the trip was really nice too. :)