Atomium (EuroTrip Day 6)

After a day trip to Paris on Thursday, we spent Friday back in Brussels. To start the morning, we planned to head to the famous attraction, Atomium. It’s located a bit outside of town so it does involve more than walking to get there. We ended up arriving about 30 minutes before it opened by accident. I had written the opening time down wrong and it was an absolutely brutally windy, rainy morning. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing around there in regards to coffee shops or places to go inside. We ended up finding a bench sheltered by some trees to kill time until it opened. There is a coffee shop and café on sight, but it didn’t open until the same time as Atomium itself.

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Galapagos: Summary

Well, eventually I will get around to writing detailed posts on my family’s trip to the Galapagos Islands, but I’ve got lots to post from other trips first. Until that time, here’s my quick summary of the highlights from my recent trip with my family. The Galapagos Islands are an incredibly special place and it was also incredibly hard to leave. You know usually at the end of a trip, part of you is normally ready to come home and get back to a normal routine and not eating out every night. This wasn’t like that at all. Every single one of us could have stayed longer. I am already dreaming about a return and which islands to visit next time.

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Flashback: Meteora, Greece 2011

After spending the day at Delphi, we drove to the Kalampaka (or Kalabaka)/Kastraki region of Greece for the evening. We stayed in my favorite hotel of mainland Greece in Kastraki at Archontiki Mesohori. It was a charming hotel with a very friendly staff. It’s nestled in between the famous Meteora rocks (though you can’t actually see the monasteries from the hotel). After checking in and relaxing on the porch of our room with a couple of coffees, we headed into the town itself to walk around, though the majority of shops were closed already. We chose a spot to eat dinner then headed back to the hotel for the rest of the night.

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January 2017

I’m going to start trying to do a wrap up of each month going forward, just to keep myself accountable on what I’ve been doing and to help me remember so many great things that I sometimes forget looking back on non vacation months. We spent the first week of the month in the Galapagos Islands. I have a summary post coming of that vacation soon. My computer is on it’s last legs so inputting the pictures into my computer is requiring a bit of cleanup first. Needless to say I’ve been researching new computers and I think I’m going to make the jump to a MacBook finally as soon as our tax refund check comes in the mail hopefully. The rest of the month was fairly low key.

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Paris: Jardin des Tuileries to Tour Montparnasse (EuroTrip Day 5)

Continuing with my last post of our day trip to Paris from Brussels. After visiting Notre Dame first thing upon our arrival, we made our way to Sainte Chapelle and the Louvre in the afternoon. We still had several hours left before our train left Paris after 9pm. Our only definite plans were tickets to the Catacombs and making our way to the Eiffel Tower. We had opted not to go up the Eiffel Tower on this visit. I had done so back in 2009 with my sister and really enjoyed it, but it seems like the process is more complicated now and requires a bit more planning or waiting forever in line. Brian said he was okay skipping a visit to the top this time as long as he got to at least see it in person. With the end destination of the Eiffel Tower in mind, we first walked through the Jardin des Tuileries.

The Jardin des Tuileries takes it name from the tile factories (Tuileries) that used to sit where the present day garden is. The gardens stretch from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde making it one of the most popular to walk with locals and tourists alike. While initially it was a royal garden, in the 17th century it became one of the first Parisian gardens to become open to the public. It was a beautiful spring day in April when we were there and the gardens were full of people walking, relaxing, and socializing.

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