London

JUne 2, 2013–date line, still London.  Yesterday, Rita’s good friend Marcia mastered a course in Apple Computers by long distance telephone call from London and emailed to us the left behind itinerary.  All is well.  We did a walkabout yesterday and saw BIg Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Thames and Trafalgar Square.  We also ran across a parade of cavalry practicing for the Queen’s 89th Birthday on The Mall.  Lots of horses and pageantry.  Last night, we went to dinner at Bentley’s Oyster House near Piccadilly Circus and came home and crashed.  Today, has been a little slower by choice.  We have worked out.  Yes, Stephanie and Missy, I said “we”.  Now, we are going out for breakfast at 3:00 PM!  Hope to see more of London on a walking tour this afternoon.  Love you and miss you.  Norm & Rita

London

JUNE 1, 2013–Date line London.  We have arrived safely.   Flight was seven and a half hours.  Arrived at 6:30 am London time.  Took the tube or underground or subway, whatever you wish to call it, to the St. James Park area of London, to our hotel, St. Ermins.  Found the hotel on our first attempt without getting lost.  Luckily, the hotel had a room for us even at this early hour.  We are unpacking and planning our first day in London, a walking tour.  Rita forgot the itinerary that we have been working on for months until midnight every night, but she is also working on a backup plan to have it emailed to us today.  More on this later. I am trying to get comfortable with the fact that this is far from a backpacking trip around the world.  I do have a backpack, but I also have a carrier on and an iPhone, IPad and Mac Book Aire. Of course, i don’t know how to use any of them. But, Rita is in charge of our IT Department!   So far, so good, we are still speaking.  Thus, ends the first morning of our first day around the world.  –Norm & Rita

William & Kate

William & Kate

Queen Elizabeth and the Royals

Brad Pitt World Premiere

Brad Pitt World Premiere

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Look what I found in between Westminster Abbey and Big Ben!

Good thing they have these instructions at each cross walk!!! They have been very helpful!

Who says men never ask for directions!

Who says men never ask for directions!

Norm looking very dapper. Please also note the "Eye of London" in the background as it is very hard to take focus away from Norm.

Norm looking very dapper. Please also note the “Eye of London” in the background as it is very hard to take focus away from Norm.

 

Welcome to our adventure of a lifetime!

These are just few of the places we are going to see. London, England, is our first stop; Fes and Marrakech, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; Then to Munich, Germany to pick up a car for 90 days to wonder Europe and try to see all the different areas of Germany, Austria, France, Monaco, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic. Our last stop will be in Munich, for Oktoberfest 2013. Then we go on to Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik, Croatia, Istanbul and Ephesus Turkey and Samos, Greece. We will continue our journey by plane to Delhi and Agra India, Bangkok, Thailand, Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Singapore, Bali, Indonesia, Melbourne and Sydney Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Rarotonga and Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Bora Bora and Tahiti and home again!

 

We plan to see this again and have a seat in the grass nearby and just hang out like the locals.

We plan to see this again and have a seat in the grass nearby and just hang out like the locals.

 

Notre Dame de Paris will be on our to do list, as it is spectacular.

Notre Dame de Paris will be on our to do list, as it is spectacular.

 

Then, we will drive down a lot of roads that mirror this one to find our home in the southwest of France.

Then, we will drive down a lot of roads that mirror this one to find our home in the southwest of France.

 

We'll have to stop by a few of these on our way and if we're lucky, we will have this view from our home for the next few months.

We’ll have to stop by a few of these on our way and if we’re lucky, we will have this view from our home for the next few months.

 

These are just  few of the places we are going to see.  London, England,  is our first stop; Fes and Marrakech, Morocco; Lisbon, Portugal; Then to Munich, Germany to pick up a car for 90 days to wonder Europe and try to see all the different areas of Germany,  Austria, France, Monaco, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic. Our last stop will be in Munich, for Oktoberfest 2013.  Then we go on to Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik, Croatia, Istanbul and Ephesus Turkey and Samos, Greece.  We will continue our journey by plane to Delhi and Agra India,   Bangkok, Thailand, Siem Reap/Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Singapore, Bali, Indonesia, Melbourne and Sydney Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Rarotonga and Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Bora Bora and Tahiti and home again!

Big Ben, London England

Big Ben, London England

Konigsee

Konigsee, Germany

White Horse Inn, St. Wolfgang, Austria

White Horse Inn, St. Wolfgang, Austria

French Riviera

French Riviera

Chateau Chambord, Loire River Valley, France

Chateau Chambord, Loire River Valley, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris France

Eiffel Tower, Paris France

Copenhagen, Tivoli Garden

Copenhagen, Tivoli Garden

Fjords Norway

Fjords Norway

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Koh Kood, Thailand

Koh Kood, Thailand

Ulan Danu Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Ulan Danu Temple,
Bali, Indonesia