Monday, September 15, 2014

Heights and History - Eiffel Tower

Selfie and smiling - however trepidation is creeping in...

Thank goodness there is a barrier between me and the ground. 

Summer Vacation Part 2
You couldn't possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. The tower is 984 ft - did I mention I do not like heights?  This temporary exhibition, wondering when it is coming down? Just kidding - Gustave would be a little disappointed (Gustave you still have the Statue of Liberty). 

We rode the elevator up to the second level - high enough for me. A then made a near fatal mistake - taking the stairs down to the first level. Yikes, descending down these open metal, slippery steps on a waning structure was not well thought out and regretted. Anxiety set in (yes, I know that there is medication available) along with trepidation of the next level. Level 2 has glass floors for viewing (oh goody! my anxiety said).  Finally after my deep breathing exercises and review of my yoga classes (thank you Brittney) I pulled my chi back together and enjoyed this lovely structure and its view. It's all good - thank you Gustave for your beautiful mind and sharing it with the world. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Notre Dame Characters and Life

Summer Vacation Part 2
The Eurostar from London to Paris was a fast and efficient way to travel the miles. Now, I cannot say I didn't get a little anxious on the train, thinking about the fact that we were traveling underwater. Amazing isn't it? Not, my anxiety but that a train can travel underwater safely? 

Once in Paris we boarded the coach (they don't want you to call it a bus) and tour around stopping at Notre Dame. A long list of characters flashed into my head at the site of this landmark. 

Napoleon, of course and his decision to save the Cathedral from destruction; this would also be the site of his crowning.

A long list of King Louis and their desires to "modernize" the cathedral.

The Bishop Sully who vision from the drawing in dirt to the completion of the cathedral (unfortunately he died before the final completion). 

And my all time favorite association, Victor Hugo, Quasimodo and Esmeralda (notice I left the antagonist out - who wants negative energy). 

Onward to our accommodations and little rest. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hyde Park and Harrods

Summer Vacation Part 1
On our way to Harrods we strolled through Hyde Park, this proofed to peaceful and relaxing. We stopped along the way to see the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. It can be appreciated as a marvelous creation, and a suitable tribute to The People's Princess.  In marked contrast to many public monuments, this is unobtrusively beautiful and in perfect harmony with its surroundings. What sets it apart from other monuments? That fact that you can actually wade in the water. It was so enjoyable to watch the children splash and play in this fountain.

Harrods you ask? Yes, I always visit Harrods when in London - it is art and design with a sidebar of retail therapy. The food is amazing, the merchandise spectacular and the energy level off the charts. My favorite room in the store? The spy room - gadgets and devices even James Bond would have. I am still thinking about that drone, would love to have it to play with. No, not to spy or intrude on someone's privacy. But to deliver messages and possibly food to my grandchildren. Now, if they could just improve the battery life and weight limit as to what it can carry - I would be in. Last Day in London, tomorrow on the Eurostar to Paris!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Graffiti Art

Summer Vacation Part 1
London - Walking along the Thames River we came across this area where the city had provided an area for skateboarders. The interesting thing to me was the allowance of Graffiti Art. How wonderful that the city had encouraged and provided a space for visual and performance art. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Double-decker Bus

Summer Vacation
London - Double-Decker Bus
Remember nerdy - here we are again riding the Double-Decker Bus. It was a beautiful day and it sure beats riding the tube from North London and missing the scenery. The added bonus is the audio - great tips and history. Cheers!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

London Eye

Summer Vacation - 
London Eye
Yes, I am a nerd and like nerdy things, tourist attractions included. Having visited London before, I have done a lot of these tourist attractions - but my husband hasn't; therefore it gave me an excuse to be nerdy again. Settle down - I also love the classic parts of London (and we did indulge). 

The London Eye is fun and I encourage everyone to experience this marvel - especially for the view. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Primrose Hill Park

Primrose Hill Park was a short distance from our Hotel and where we headed before dinner. This park is highlighted by a grassy hill that offers one of the best panoramic view of London. It was wonderful. I know, the name doesn’t ring a bell – it’s not known like Notting Hill, or even Brixton – but I can guarantee you know some of the residents. Celebrities in Primrose Hill include the likes of Jude Law, or Kate Moss. So picture this, a pre dinner stroll, handholding,  map in your pocket and your iPhone. This northern pocket of London is home to the pretty colored townhouses. 

Did we spot celebrities? I will keep that secret for another post. I can tell you it was a splendid walk accompanied by a delicious Italian dinner. Cheers