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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

London, England

We just returned from spending the past 5 days in London. We saw all the big touristy sites such as the London Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye (rode the London Eye), Buckingham Palace and the changing of the Gaurd just to name a few. It was so nice to be able to speak English, although with their thick English accents, we couldn't always understand them! Ahhhh...what a simple luxury to be able to read a menu in a restaurant and actually know what you are ordering!!!! Although, we must admit, that fish and chips with mushy peas is NOT one of our favorites. But their sticky toffee pudding definately makes up for that!
Ericka will tell you the biggest highlight of our trip was going to see The Sound of Music at the London Palladium theater. What a treat for both her and mom!!!! We both really enjoyed the show and the whole experience of the London theater.
I just had to include a picture of the messages painted on the street corners to remind you which way to look for oncoming traffic before you cross the street. Being that they drive on the other side of the road (the left) in addition to driving on the right hand side of the car- it's all so very confusing! We were very thankful that we had these constant reminders for ourselves!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fun with Food in Luxembourg and Belgium

We always like to share pictures of the very delicious and wide assortment of desserts that they have here. Here is a picture of my birthday cake this year. Unfortunately it isn't what Mark (his secretary) ordered, but he couldn't speak French well enough to convey this when he picked it up. The cake is actually a carnival cake, which is a celebration right before the beginning of lent. The children dress up in costumes and there are usually many parades throughout the cities and small towns.
The next picture is a picture of my dessert that we had when Mark and I actually went out for a nice dinner for my birthday. Sorry that it's not the clearest picture, that's what happens when you take it with a cell phone camera. I thought I was ordering something with banana's, but obviously my french needs some work because there were no banana's here!!!!! I wasn't quite sure what it was.

The last picture was taken when we went out to eat at a pizzeria in Bastogne Belgium. Yes- it is a pizza with french fries on top. They serve it with sides of ketchup and mayonnaise. It's actually very good, and yes we did know what we were ordering with this one. The Belgians do love their "pommes frites".