Up in The Air (and home)

The iconic Tower Bridge, which spans the Thames next to The Tower of London.

(I actually wrote the below and processed the photos on the plane in the middle of our flight, but then opted not to try to figure out how to get the WIFI connection.  We got home safely at almost 5:00 Saturday afternoon after an approximately 9-hour flight!  More soon on trip details, ups and downs, other stuff.)

This is a test.  This is only a test.  Can we do a blog entry from an airplane?  Why not?

It is about 6:00 PM Paris time / high noon Philadelphia time and we are 5 or 6 miles above the Atlantic Ocean hurtling through space inside an aluminum tube at 500 miles per hour.  I understand the physics of it, but it still doesn’t make much sense! read more

Paris to Philadelphia

Crepes are everywhere. Excellent and inexpensive street food!

Bon Voyage to us!

(Quick entry before we try to figure out our first ever Uber ride to Charles de Gaulle airport and our date with Air France.)

As Sir Paul says in one of my favorite Beatles songs, “Were on our way home”.

Between London and Paris, it has been a busy and exciting two weeks away from home.  We have had a fantastic time and have many more pictures and stories to share, but we are looking forward to getting home to our own home, bed, and kitties!

Yesterday morning, as we sipped our café au lait, we decided to bag the idea of waiting in line to go through the catacombs.  So, we shall add that to the list of things we had wanted to see or do, but cancelled due to long lines and/or massive pushy crowds.  Ah well, we just need to come back in November! read more

Rainy Day In Paris

A pretty good view of the flying buttresses that support the main chapel of the Cathedral of Notre Dame

Actually, we have had several rainy days.  At this point the small umbrella that my wife packed for me is gradually disintegrating.  I am hoping it lasts at least through tomorrow and then I can leave it to its destiny in a French landfill.

On Tuesday, we took a day trip to Bruges, Belgium, and that was our first rainy day since London.  Bruges is a very well-preserved medieval city in northwest Belgium.  As we strolled around the town it seemed like around every corner there was another incredible castle-like ancient building or another charming stone bridge over another narrow canal.  Though it was wonderful to wander the winding streets and hidden passages through the town, it was also very crowded.  We heard languages from all over and it was clear that Bruges was a very hot destination.  We had not even heard about the city before we saw the Colin Farrell film “In Bruges” when it came out back in 2008 and we wondered how many of the other visitors were in the same boat.  The wife and I agreed that the great old-world beauty of the place coupled with the massive crowds made it all seem very much like being in Disney World’s World Showcase area.  That’s a shame but I suppose a compliment to Disney! read more