‘Travel | Europe’ Posts(2)

The quick brown fox jumped over the good, but lazy Parker family.

Tuileries Gardens

Monday, 4 May 2009

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[Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France.]
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Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France

Ile de la Cite / Pont Neuf

Monday, 4 May 2009

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[Pont Neuf Bridge, Paris, France.]
[Institut de France, Paris, France.]
i had such an incredible sense of déjà vu standing on Pont Neuf, a bridge from Paris’ left bank to one of the islands in the river Siene. After a second, i figured it out — the bridge is featured in the first Jason Bourne movie:

Enough. 5:30 p.m. Paris. Today. Pont Neuf. You come alone, you walk to the middle of that bridge. You take off your jacket. Face east. I’ll redial this number.

I’m sure I’ve once again offended a couple centuries of cultured peoples by having this association, but (again) you can take the American out of America, but you can’t …

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Ile de la Cite / Pont Neuf, Paris, France

british beer

Sunday, 3 May 2009

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[John Smith's Extra Smooth, London, England, UK.]
on the flight over here from the U.S., i gave my father two goals for his tenure in Britain — either he was going to learn to drink scotch or he was going to learn to drink beer.

he chose the latter.

my father really hasn’t done much with alcohol at least since i’ve been around — there is a childhood story about mixing day old empties together which still gives me the heebs — but each meal i’d pick out something for myself that i thought he’d like, give him a sample and then he’d either order it or something he had earlier in the trip.

i have to say he’s built himself a respectable palette for the darker stuff — mostly brown ales and stouts. the effort was made a bit easier by English beer’s milder taste than it’s American microbrew cousins, but a beer is a beer and now he’s fully prepped up to tie one down at work functions and the like.

i’m so proud 🙂

pregnant:

14w

pregnant:

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Kensington Palace

Sunday, 3 May 2009

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[Kensington Palace, London, England, UK.]
[King's Gallery, Kensington Palace, London, England, UK.]
[Kensington Gardens, London, England, UK.]
Between Kensington Palace and the Tower of London, i think it’s safe to say that I’m a complete monarchist. Granted they are capricious, and constantly cutting off peoples (and more specifically, wives) heads — but God, the palaces, the histories, and the intrigue. It’s like crack. Or more importantly, it’s like the 17th century equivalent of reality TV.

In fact, i’m working on my elevator pitch for a Real Housewives of Buckingham Palace as we speak.

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Kensington Gardens, London, England

mayfair

Sunday, 3 May 2009

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[Shepard's Market, Mayfair, London, England, UK.]
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Mayfair, London, England

found: wait, mary was hot?!?

Sunday, 3 May 2009

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[Mary II (as in College of William & Mary), Kensington Palace, London, England, UK.]
I went to the College of William and Mary, and grew up in Williamsburg before that — and in all my time, i never saw a portrait of Mary II where she looked female, much less attractive.

I’m suddenly feeling much more supportive of my alma mater.

buckingham palace

Saturday, 2 May 2009

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[Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK.]
i have to give props to my now three month pregnant wife — we walked down to buckingham palace late tonight, and it’s the first thing in the entire trip that she’s opted out of for want of sleep. she’s a trooper.
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Buckingham Palace, London, England

pregnant:

14w

Westminster

Friday, 1 May 2009

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[Westminster, London, England, UK.]
[Family, Westminster, London, England, UK.]
we’re nearing the end of the trip — just one full day left tomorrow, and then my parents fly out the following afternoon. i can already hear my parents talking over the next hundred family gatherings about how perfect the trip was (and it really did go off without a hitch) and i’m really glad to have ticked something off my things-to-do-before-i-die list and picked up some great family memories to boot.
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Westminster, London, England

pregnant:

14w

pregnant:

-114w

london eye

Friday, 1 May 2009

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[The London Eye, London, Engand, UK.]
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The London Eye, London, Engand