On my way to and from Hawaii (posts coming soon!), I stopped over in California for some quick visits with friends. LA on the way out, San Francisco on the way home. Hiking, enjoying good company, and of course plenty of In-N-Out were the theme of this part of the trip.
Two years ago today I was walking around Paris taking in all the sites the city would offer (and eating a pastry at every corner). My brother Dan and I had talked about going to Europe for years, and we finally decided to just do it. It was a good choice. The other day, I was doing some cleaning, and I came across a stack of postcards I had bought during our trip. I saw this great idea on Pinterest, to buy a postcard for everyday, and then write what you did that day on the back of it. I actually did it for most of the trip, and I’m so glad to have those memories to look back on! Enjoy a quick little recap of our trip across the pond!
We arrived in London late in the evening, and early the next morning, we took a train to Bath for a few days.
London was everything I imagined it would be. Everything is so old, the architecture is amazing, and there is so much color everywhere!
I’m so glad that we brought this photo of my grandparents with us and recreated it.
We took a quick day trip to Windsor and Oxford to see the castle and Tolkien’s home, respectively. We also ate dinner at the Eagle and the Child, which is where Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met to write.
221 B. Baker Street. I’m pretty sure it was all the Sherlock Holmes that we watched growing up that created the desire to go to London.
After England, we took the train to France for a whirlwind day and a half in Paris, and then to the Normandy Coast to see Omaha Beach.
Bayeux, France was one of my favorite stops on the trip. The allies liberated this little town after D-Day, and they have never forgotten.
After France, it was on to Iceland to finish out the trip. There is a harsh, rugged beauty about this country that is captivating.
“Here we are at the end, say goodbye to all your friends…it’s the end of Summer. Those days are gone – it’s over, now we’re moving on; it’s the end of Summer.”
Savoring Summer at the Minnesota State Fair