Saturday, April 4, 2015

normandy beaches

 the next day we started off....




 we drove up to utah beach which was about 45 min away...it has the big beach and some monuments to see....they also have a little museum there....we ate lunch there...(while there a group of a father, son and grandson took our picture for us, this was interesting because we saw them throughout our trip to france)....it was windy and cold up there...in fact, on the beach i felt like i was going to fall over!

we drove down to omaha beach which is a really large beach...
from there we went to the american cemetery which was amazing to see....so many crosses....takes your breath away...but, by that time is was REALLY raining and windy...so we hurried through that...




drove back to bayeux and we're able to go see the bayeux tapestry...this tapestry is really old....from the 10th century...it has a cool story in it...i loved seeing such a fantastic piece of history....






france march 2015

on thursday march 26th i flew to paris to meet kerry, austin and cedar....this is a trip we've planned for austin's spring break....
russell, kristen, and russie are joining us tomorrow....(friday)....


we met up in paris on friday night..we stayed at a small little boutique hotel called le burgundy...it was a really nice hotel..seemed really new...the rooms we're sort of small, but very nice.....


went to bed and in the morning we took the train to rouen france.....it is north of paris about an hour....



rouen is where joan of arc was burned at the stake....we rented a car and kerry was voted to drive! 

we tried to see some sights in the city...finally found the cathedral which was cool....but, it was really hard to get around...
so we voted to drive on to bayeux.....bayeux is where  the normandy D-day beaches are found...


bayeux is a darling little town...we got there at about 5 and just walked around the town for a bit...cute little shops...nothing opens for dinner until about 7:30...but we did find a pizza place at 7 that was open...the lady that was working there was a little grouchy when we took a seat with 5 chairs...but, we had a stroller and there was no other options....the food was fine...
nothing great...we went back to our hotel...the villa lara....it was a nice hotel...the rooms were big...the internet was pretty non existent...oh well!



Friday, April 3, 2015

kerry's visit

i haven't been blogging for awhile...so, it's time for catchup....kerry and cedar came to visit me in February...
kerry came for shannon's wedding...she was matron of honor....it was a busy 2 weeks....kerry had a lot of wedding activities...but, we played in between...on sunday, february 15th...shannon and pano were married at calamigos ranch...

it was a beautiful wedding...she made a gorgeous bride....
the next day, kerry, cedar, kristen, russie and i flew up to utah for a fun week....we saw family and friends...went to the zoo....the mall....to lunches, had a little get together with family and then with friends...it was a great time together....


we came home the next monday...we had a few more days with kerry and cedar...went on a walk in the gorgeous green hills...bowling lunch...saw more friends...


went to owen's baptism which was fantastic....

and then said good bye to sweet cedar and kerry...it was a great time together....

Friday, January 16, 2015

last days in madrid

i'm leaving tomorrow...it's been a fantastic time...i feel like i've done and have seen so much...it's been wonderful being with kerry, austin and cedar...loved seeing where they live...living their lives a little bit with them...i was staying at a little hotel about 3 blocks away from their apartment...but, for the last two days, we came downtown to stay at the hotel ritz!

 it's a gorgeous old hotel...i wanted to go out with a bang!  it's right across the street from the prado museum...in a gorgeous area of town...after checking in yesterday....cedar's nap....
kerry, cedar and i went over to the prado...it's a very nice museum....saw some beautiful paintings...cedar is into horses and saying 'neigh' whenever he sees one...so every time he saw one he said 'neigh'....we then met up with austin..went back to the hotel...and got ready for the evening...

it was raining last night...fortunately for me, the only rain on the trip...and it wasn't terrible...cold, wet, but, not pouring...we went down to a plaza and walked around...shopped a bit...at 9 pm, we met bryan van scoyk.....he's our friend from thousand oaks...he's been living in madrid for 5 years....we had dinner at a great restaurant with him...the restaurant is run by chef's that are in training...it's good food, but not super expensive....we had a fun time with bryan...he's traveled everywhere and has great stories to tell...
today, kerry, cedar and i went to their appointment to get their 'hie' card....it's the resident card...kerry had been waiting for her appointment for about 2 months...it's like the dmv, but way worse...plus, not one person spoke english!  nada! anyway....austin said it was 3  metros away, so we took a taxi which wasn't bad at all...she had to take a photo of her and cedar...cedar did not cooperate with the pics...he wouldn't look into the camera....then, we had a hard time knowing where to go...chose a line...for fingerprints...waited in that line for over an hour...then, when we got inside the building, they made me take cedar in his stroller over to another area....finally kerry got to have her appointment...the girl just kept asking questions and kerry would say...'no se'.....she just sort of grumbled, didn't like cedar's photo...asked where austin was....and finally sent us to another guy...he stamped some papers and we were done...only 2 and 1/2 hours later.....fun!!!!

 glad i could be there to help with cedar....we found a taxi...got back to the hotel....everyone took a nap...after our rests, we went to cedar's play group...it's a group of mom's and babies from austin's school...they have play group every friday afternoon...it was fun to meet the mom's...amy from slc, the woman from israel, from russia/portugal, japan, korea...from all over...very fun to talk to them and find out about their lives......then, tonight walked down and had a little dinner at a sandwich place...came home, put cedar to bed and had dessert in my room....so, that's the end of this trip...except for the flight home...it's been wonderful...i can't wait to come back...i still have a list of stuff to see....