I was lucky enough to go to Paris on a business trip, and arrive on Bastille Day, their day of independence. Celebrations were everywhere. All the museums were open for free, including the Louvre, and the military groups were showing off their favorite toys. The weather was great so I hopped on a river boat and stopped off at the major stops.
People everywhere at the Arc de Triumph.
One of the military guys walking around. They were all in full uniform in super hot weather.
Cool helicopter being shown off.
Classic shot of the Louvre. I had to go in and see the Mona Lisa picture.
This is what it looks like from inside the pyramid.
No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower.
July 9th was our second anniversary and Eric surprised me by taking me on a champagne hot air ballooon ride. This is one of the items on my "things to do before I die" list, which hangs on our fridge door, just in case he should ever need inspiration for a gift. Check out these pictures - it was amazing!
Here we are about to take off!
Our landing - the balloon all lit up. Great way to celebrate.
In June, Sticky and I went to Sonoma and played around while Eric worked. One day we rented bikes and cruised around. Our poor map was damaged with overuse as we found our way to local wineries for tastings. But somehow we made our way home.
One stop was at Ravenswood where their slogan is "NO Wimpy Wines". Now that's our style! (Oh, did I mention it's 9am?) I wouldn't recommend biking after the 5th winery.
In May, my Mom turned 65. My Dad threw her a surprise birthday party with about 40 of her closest friends. She had no clue and was completely surprised. One of her friends wrote her a song which was hilarious. Fun time!!
I currently write this from the western part of Puerto Rico. When I get back, I have 2 weeks before I leave for Australia - I'll be taking the new Sony GPS unit with me to track where I go and the fun places I'll be hiking and diving. Can't wait!