Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
There is a saying that enough is never enough and nowhere is that more true (that I have seen) than the Palace of Versailles. It started out as a hunting lodge in the early 1600's and then one building campaign at a time, it became the largest palace in Europe. To hear the story during the tour is fascinating. One Louis wanted this and another wanted to add that. Then there were the additions of the gardens, the opera house, the chapel, the grand apartments, the farm house, the summer home, and the smaller version of the summer home until the palace finally totaled 721, 206 square feet. The last residents of the palace were Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. They were beheaded. Hmm.
Here are a few pics from my day at the Palace of Versailles. I kept imagining myself on a horse riding through the gardens. That would have been cool.
Friday, December 21, 2012
One of my favorite parts of my trip to Paris was photographing the Eiffel Tower. We went first at night to see it all lit up and then returned a few days later during the day to go up to the top. Here are some of my favorite pics of and from the Eiffel Tower.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Trent and I just returned from a quick trip to Paris. Move beyond the part where it rained and was COLD, and we had a great time. This Houston girl just doesn't know what to do with temperatures below 50 degrees. We stayed in the Latin quarter and loved the way it fit our style. Every evening we walked up and down the streets sampling the food and checking out the shops. Trent loved that we could see Notre Dame from our hotel window. Here are just a few pics from our trip and I will post more in a few days to break it up a bit.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
On Wednesday I received a call from work that they were not going to need me on Thursday morning. After a short identity crisis of what on earth I was going to do with a day off, I decided I would take Ruthie on a special outing. I put a shout out to some friends for ideas and let's say I was sold on lunch in Rice Village with dessert at a place called The Chocolate Bar. I mean how on earth can you turn down a place like that? Yep my friend Bernie did not need to add a description to that idea. She had me at Chocolate.
We also went to visit a friend's new baby. Ruthie was amazed by her view from the 14th floor.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
My cousin used to say, "you can't put a price on a good time." I think of those words often like last week on a road trip home from a family funeral. Having been reminded that life is short and time together is sweet, we decided to make a stop in College Station at Santa's Wonderland. We rode a hayride through a maze of lights, wrote letters to and visited Santa, and shared a funnel cake while being serenaded by Elvis. I snapped a few pictures while we were there. Keep in mind it was dark and I did not bring my flash so they aren't the greatest of quality but they are a memory from a priceless good time.