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Aug 17, 2010 - Valley Forge N.P.

We all know the story of Valley Forge so no reason to write a history lesson. I will, however, write about the park itself . l) wear good walking shoes - I have never walked so many "ups and downs" 2) it's a long walk from the parking lot to Washington's Headquarters only half of which is easily handicap accessible ( half concrete path, half grass) 3) bring bug spray! The park offers ranger tours on a trolley for $12, CD tour for your car for $15, a free movie ( not terribly good), and a pamphlet that you can read at the stops on a driving...

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Jul 2, 2010 - Goodbye Europe...

Well we are winding down and the vacation is over. All that is left is the wonderful travel day ahead crossing over the Atlantic, flying into Atlanta and then to Gainesville for our final leg. We have had an incredible time; so many memories, so much laughter--like moments when our stomachs and face muscles hurt because we were laughing so hard. This experience was terrific for the kids--an experience of a lifetime for them. They learned so much and tried so much and discovered so much---we all did. It was wonderful being together and the...

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Jun 30, 2010 - Paris Day 2!

We had another great day in Paris. We went to the Louvre, rode the famous ferris wheel, walked through the large intercity park, explored the Arc de Triomphe and had crepes on the Champs de Elysee at 10:30 at night while the street and shops were packed with people. Sam is doing awesome with these night hours too! Got to see another great sunset as well; this time on top of the Arc. Tomorrow will be the Christian tour and we'll do Notre Dame and the Soucre Cour. Lots of small, day to day stories to tell when we come back!

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Jun 30, 2010 - Paris by night

Hi everyone! I gotta tell you what a great afternoon and evening we had! Not sure if I mentioned this in earlier messages, but it is daylight in Europe until 10PM. So we strolled out at 8:30 last night and joined the line and were up on the Eiffel Tower by 9:45. So we got to see the sunset and watch nightfall while 600 feet up. The tower went from bronze by daylight to golden and then sparkly. It really was beautiful and the kids didn't want to leave. Our hotel is right around the corner and we didn't get back until 11:30 (and yes, Sam was...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Paris by Day

Bonjour! Our first afternoon in Paris was a hot one! So after looking at the Eiffel Tower from the ground level, we decided to take a nice river cruise which helped cool us down. After some good French food, we came back to the room to shower---long day after getting up at 0615 to leave Colchester. The bullet train that goes 250 feet under the English Channel was a very COOL way to get to Paris! If it weren't for our ears popping for 5 straight minutes, we would not have known we were under water. It could have been a typical train tunnel,...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Cambridge, England

Good morning as all of you sleep at 4:00 in the morning back home! Yesterday's outing was a day trip to Cambridge, England. What a beautiful place. We took a punting tour which really helped us understand what we were looking at and just how many Colleges are a part of Cambridge. It is unlike the states where we have the college of business, medicine, etc., within the one university. Cambridge has 31 colleges, which are universities, that are all part of the Cambridge system. Cambridge is 801 years old and one of England's most prestigious...

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Jun 27, 2010 - The Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay and other seaside villages

Good morning Fam and Friends, This afternoon we will fly back to London and will have dinner with friends at one of those steakhouses with the wine fairies that do the acrobatics suspended on a cable 40-50 feet high. The kids will love that, and we will all enjoy a nice steak tonight! Waaaaay to much fish and chips these days. Ireland was great. If you only have a short time here, the train tour is definitely the way to go. We were able to see so much of the country on a high speed train all the way to the west coast. We got off the train...

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Jun 26, 2010 - 15-hour tour across Ireland!!

Good morning Fam and Friends, This afternoon we will fly back to London and will have dinner with friends at one of those steakhouses with the wine fairies that do the acrobatics suspended on a cable 40-50 feet high. The kids will love that, and we will all enjoy a nice steak tonight! Waaaaay to much fish and chips these days. Ireland was great. If you only have a short time here, the train tour is definitely the way to go. We were able to see so much of the country on a high speed train all the way to the west coast. We got off the train...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Dublin

Flew to Dublin yesterday so it was mostly a travel day; not much to post. We arrived at around 4:00 and you can see in the pics how excited Jack and Sam were to have their own bed! They have been sharing a queen at Brandi's house. So in both the Paris and the Dublin hotels, I booked the "family style rooms" which have multiple beds. Kelly called it on the Dublin thing. She didn't think we'd like it, and we don't. It reminds me of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Very dirty, dumpy, skanky people everywhere and we didn't feel all that safe....

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Jun 23, 2010 - Today was the English countryside--another great day.

Today we had a wonderful day in England's countryside. Brandi took us to a village called Dedham. We drove through the beautiful countryside, explored the shops in the village, ate in a quaint little inn, and toured through a church built in 1492. A gentleman came out of the back of the church and asked if we would like to climb up the tower and ring the church bells. We were a little reluctant but he seemed nice enough. Brandi and I knew we could take him if we had to! It ended up being an awesome learning experience. He knew everything...

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Jun 22, 2010 - First 2 days in England!

What an unbelievable 72 hours! We've gone from theme parks in Richmond, to North Potomac, Baltimore, flying over the Atlantic, landing in London, train to Colchester, and back into London today for 13 hours of touring and walking. It was so fun! The city is beautiful and there is so much to take in. Brandi was super helpful teaching me the train system before we left for the day. I had at least 4 people asking me which train they needed to take throughout the day so I guess I appeared pretty confident! And yes, I was able to help them! We...

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Jun 20, 2010 - Baltimore in the afternoon

At Baltimore we headed into the old downtown waterfront, which over the years has had a rebirth as a center for activities – old buildings have been turned into shops, restaurants and hotels, an aquarium and a floating maritime museum added, a lighthouse moved in, outdoor stages built, and the World Trade Center there (the world’s tallest pentagonal (5-sided) building) as an observation deck near the top, on the 27th floor. I’ve included some of my photos of the historic ships and the surrounding areas – the whole area was very well done...

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