Tuesday, May 3, 2011

London Pictures =)

                                                      Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum (8 ft tall man)

                                                 Buckingham Palace
                                                     Will and Kate leaving for lunch

                                                             Big Ben

                                                             Westminster Abbey
                                                         The London Eye
We found a toy store that had replica Harry Potter wands!

The employees let us be very mature and play with them.

Windsor Castle (Not the best picture, I'm sorry)


Showing their excitement, we were about to see the Great Hall

our turn =)

The Great Hall 

The stairwell from the first movie!

We were a bit lost and walking and we happened to pass this place which is where my family and I ate breakfast for my 18th bday when we were there!

So I forgot to mention that there was a HUGE riot while we were in London, luckily it was when we were on an all day tour, but this is some of the destruction we came back to.

I am a little bit obsessed with the British flag so i was in heaven =)
Damage to the Ritz hotel, almost every window was smashed.


The weekend after "spring break" or study break as it is called here we went to London. I had gone with my family two years ago so I wasn't as excited for this trip as I had been for past trips...well I should have been! We had an amazing time and so much fun! Natalie, Nicole and I arrived Thursday night and pretty much just went to sleep. On Friday we did typical sight seeing stuff then went and saw the musical Mama Mia.  It was great! We were all very happy and cheery after that and went and booked an amazing tour for Saturday.  On Saturday Becky joined us and we went to Stone Henge, Windsor Castle (the queen was there at the time), and Oxford.  I should inform you that the entire time we were joking about spotting Will and Kate since the wedding was coming up, and that we are all Harry Potter fanatics. At oxford we were taken to "The Great Hall" this was actually the exact room that Hollywood measured and duplicated on set! We were way to excited! We also stood on the staircase that the "first years" wait on in the first movie before being brought into the Great Hall for the first time.  That tour was definitely one of my favorite things we have done since being in Ireland.


It has been a long time since I last updated so here are some pictures from Greece.  It was just Becky and I and we were there for about 24 hours.  The ancient parts were gorgeous, but as a whole the city was a lot more run down than we thought, but we loved it. 
                                                That was a much steeper walk than it looks!
                                           First glimpse of the ruins..

                                                             The Parthenon
                                                         View from the Acropolis

                                                         A stadium
                                                        Random archway...

                                                  Changing of the guards...ridiculous outfits!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Italy Pictures

                                                                    our first gelato!
                                                               The view from a bridge in Venice
                                                           Our Gondola ride
                                                            Some people in costumes
                                                                           My favorite costumes!

                                                                      Venice at night
                                                            Nicole and I at a church in Florence

                                                      The view on the way to Michelangelo Piazza
                                                                              View from the top
                                                                            Trevi Fountain

                                                           Fountain by the Vatican