Archive for the 'Family Fun' Category

France, Paris: Thar She Blow – The Eiffel Tower

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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Now surrounded by security fences, and an airport-like clearance entrance, some of the freedom, joy, or innocence of the her majesty is lost.

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France, Paris: Close up and personal with Tsar Alexandre III

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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The beauty of taking a Bateau Mouche ride on the Seine is the joy of going under so many famous bridges – and learning the history effortlessly as you go. This one is the Pont Alexandre III built between 1896 and 1900, the most ornate one and a Paris historical site. Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the Beaux-Arts style bridge. The exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses celebrate the Franco-Russian alliance enacted in 1892 by Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone was laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure .

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Great Britain, London: Ravens Guarding the Tower of London

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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When you visit the Tower of London, you learn the superstition about why there always are ravens guarding it. Look for the raven master near the line to go in to the Crown Jewels. He’s happy to chat with you.

 

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Austria, Innsbruck: Musical Dancing Water under Crystal Clouds

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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Leave time for outdoor wows at Swarovski Crystal World, Austria. The Mirror Pool surrounded by Crystal Clouds was gorgeous in itself – and then the music started…..

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Austria, Innsbruck: What a Place to Take a Nap in the Sunshine

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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 Sometimes you just get overwhelmed by the expansive beauty and have to lay your head down to absorb it all.

 

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Austria, Innsbruck: Snowball Catch in August

Monday, January 14th, 2019

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Bring gloves along for the fabulous feeling of throwing snowballs in August. Ride the Nordkette cable car in Innsbruck to the end and frolic in the snow.

 

France, Paris: Notre Dame Cathedrale from the Seine

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Flying buttresses on the back of Notre Dame Cathedrale from the perspective on a Bateau Mouche.

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Austria, Innsbruck: Cinderella Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Aha, so that’s where the prince had Cinderella’s glass slipper made! (at Swarovksi)

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Austria, Innsbruck: Star Crooner’s Crown Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Elton John’s crown made by Swarovski crystal.

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Austria, Innsbruck: Crystal Skull Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Death becomes her when she’s made out of crystal.

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