Thursday, September 8, 2005

Photos of Our Trip to England, Holland and France, August 2005

I've finally cobbled together a photo album of our trip to England and Europe (with the help of D. Madison's album generator at marginalhacks.com). Its still rough around the edges. Let me know if you see any blatant errors.
Here are the highlights of our trip:
U.S. to U.K. (Tuesday-Wednesday, August 9-10, 2005)
We lost time flying eastward across seven time zones. We left at about 3:00 p.m. (nearly two hours late) on the 9th and arrived in London before 9:00 a.m. (almost an hour late) the next day, stopping in Chicago on the way.
England (Wednesday-Tuesday, August 10-16)
We visited London's Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London on Thursday; Bury St. Edmunds on Friday; cruised the Thames in London on Saturday (afterward visiting the recently burned out Hard Rock Cafe in London); attended church and visited Cambridge (including the Whipple Museum) on Sunday; then finished up with a Monday visit to St. Mary's Church in Bocking (now a small village [?] on the northern fringe of Braintree, Essex).
Holland (Tuesday-Wednesday, August 16-17)
We took the EuroStar (Chunnel) from London to Brussels early Tuesday, and--delayed by two train wrecks in two days between Brussels and Amsterdam--finally arrived in Amsterday late Tuesday. On Wednesday we visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Mauritshuis in the Hague, finishing off with dinner at Amsterdam's Hard Rock Cafe.
Paris (Thursday-Friday, August18-19)
We took the first Thalys high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris on Thursday, arriving at Paris's Gare du Nord (train station) by 11:00 a.m. We checked into our hotel and had lunch, and from 2:00 to 8:00 visited the Palace at Versailles. On Friday we visited the Louvre, Sainte-Chappelle, Notre Dam, the Musée d'Orsy, and the Eiffel Tower (having dinner on the first floor--95 meters above ground). After a cruise on the Seine, we returned to our hotel.
Paris to the U.S. (Saturday, August 20)
We gained back the 8 hours we had lost in our earlier travels (7 flying to London, an additional hour going to Amsterdam and Paris). We took the metro and train to Charles de Gaulle Airport and boarded our plane to the States by noon, returning home as night was falling.
All in all, a successful vacation.