Friday, September 14, 2012

Back From Vacation

Hi Everyone,

I have been away for the last 2 weeks on vacation.  My husband and I spent some time in London and then we went on to Paris & Normandy, France.  It is always nice to go on vacation, but it is also very nice to come back home too.  I am exhausted and still not quite in cinque with the time changes.  Going there was fine because you are so excited to start seeing everything, but coming home and having to go back to work, ugh.  Need a vacation from my vacation.

We saw so much, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guards, Kensington Palace, Tower of London, did the Ceremony of the Keys - VERY COOL.

Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guards

Tower of London
We took in a holy mass at Westminster Abbey, this is where Prince William and the Duchuss of Cambridge, Princess Kate, were married.  It looks very different from what they showed on TV for the Royal Wedding.  It actually houses 17 tombs of past Kings & Queens and is over 700 years old...  It is kind of dark and quite Gothic looking. The stained glass is amazing though and the organ playing was beautiful too.

We did Stonehenge which is 80 miles northwest of London and is in the middle of nowhere really.

One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Archaeologists believe the stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.  The true meaning of this ancient, awe-inspiring creation has been lost in the mists of time. Was Stonehenge a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar?  We will truly never know, but I felt it was a very spritual place or for me a healing centre.

We walked along Abbey Road where the Beatles made there record and did so many other enjoyable things too. We ate original Fish & Chips-OH YUMMY and we ate Steak & Ale Pie, which was also yummy.

Then off to Paris, France.  It is a nice place to visit, and the architecture is amazing and we went all the way up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and drank champagne, took a river boat cruise down the Siene river.  We ate excellent pastries and bread along with those famous Escargots.  Yes, I tried them, they weren't that bad tasting, but the texture is a definite no.  We also saw the tunnel where Princess Diana died and we were in Paris the week after her 15th anniversary of her death and there were still many flowers and cards left for the "People Princess".

Princess Diana's Anniversary 15 Years after Death

Eiffel Tower

We also took a Normandy tour which was very humbling.  We saw Omaha Beach, like where they did "Saving Private Ryan" and we saw the American Cemetary.  It sent chills up my spine and to see how beautiful it is.  Thank you France for taking care of our service members.

American Cemetary at Normandy
We are now home and I am almost recovered from jet lag.  I am ready to bring you some great ideas that I will be doing for my upcoming classes.  I have my Sweet Cookies Stamp Class and my Christmas Stamp A Stack coming up and a couple of clubs too, so stay tuned and come back often.

Thanks for looking,
Donna Marcil

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