American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Normandy Beaches & Bayeux Tapestry

This was my second visit to the beaches of Normandy and the Bayeux Tapestry. But I think I got more out of it than last time. For starters, the museum at the American cemetery above Omaha beach was open.

The mulberries are still there...

...and they are large.

German artillery battery

See that white thing up on the steeple of the church in Sainte-Mère-Église?

It's a monument to paratroopers from the invasion.



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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Mont-St-Michel and Sainte-Mère-Église

One of the nicest things about living in Europe is having the time to see the stuff we want to.

Sainte-Mère-Église D-Day parachute memorial

Mont-St-Michel tour
Calvados!

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Treat of Versailles

From Paris, we headed on to Versailles.

The GPS politely told us that "Your destination is in a restricted area." Which, yeah, I suppose the ticket office is kinda hard to drive into. But we saved a long wait simply by already having our museum pass from yesterday that was still valid.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Paris - Museum Day (d'Orsay and Louvre)

If you're in Paris, you must visit both the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. As a fan of impressionist works, I much prefer the d'Orsay. Here are a few of my favorites, but I couldn't get any pictures of the Degas works (but those are my favorite favorites).


Le Pont d'Argenteuil

My personal favorite painting of all: Caillebotte's Les Raboteurs de Parquet

Waterlilies

And meanwhile, at the Louvre:

Venus de Milo

Winged Victory

Mona Lisa

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Swiss Alps

For our Tour de France excusion, we drove through Bern on our way to the hotel in Geneva. It was dark from most of the Swiss part of the drive, and our hotel was rather non-descript.

After the race, though, we varied our route and drove through some really pretty countryside in the sunshine.

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Tour De France, 2007

If it's April in Europe, we're following le Tour. Because of my work schedule, the most opportune time to see it this year is for a stage near the Franco-Swiss border.

This is the first stage we actually saw the race in person, and we just barely made it past one of the traffic blockades before the Gendarme closed off the road. But we weren't so lucky on the next intersection and basically had to walk a mile or so until we felt like "we've walked far enough."

For about an hour before the peleton reached us, there were various official tour cars, media cars, and the entertaining sponsor vehicles throwing out candies and other goodies. Free swag!

Probably the biggest take-away from today was that "the bikes go really fast." Since we were on a flat straightaway, the riders flew by. I don't know that any of our pictures show more than a blur. And then it's past. So, we drove for I don't know how many hours to watch how many seconds of the tour?  There's gotta be a better way to do this...the mountain stage (link).
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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Bridge over the River Cam

Kacey's playing in a soccer tournament outside Cambridge, England this week so I flew up to visit her.

Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge
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