Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas in Florida 2009

We have spent more than half of our married life living in New England and are often asked; "how do you celebrate Christmas in Florida."

Duuuuhhh - just like we always did with a few modifications...

We start out attending every "Christmas" event that our grandchildren are involved in.

Grammy and Carly at Ben & Carly's school Christmas program

as you can see, Ben is glad the program is over!

We decorate for Christmas

string lights in the palm tree
we DO live in Florida!

use a FAKE snowman!

and a fake tree
some things don't change!

remember the REAL meaning of Christmas

kids and presents

Carly dressed up as her favorite character in the movie we went to see
The Chipmonks the Squeakual

good food on a special plate
hmmm wonder if anyone in Louisiana recognizes this plate?

Carly practicing her dance moves before we went to see the movie.
and YES she danced at the movie!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nice and Eze ... not Nice and Easy as some smart mouths called it!

Off to Nice and Eze... 

Nice was fascinating

 Loved the town square

Russian Orthodox Church built by Nicholas II


Leopold II's Home

Our ship in the harbor below

Awesome trip with my best friend!
and she took me to Eze too!!!

Eze is a medieval village high on a rocky outcrop above the harbor dating back to before the time of Christ. 

Eze Church

Overview map of Eze

Castle Ruins

You can see our Ship in the harbor below.

 Castle Ruins in Eze


Monaco and Monte Carlo

OK, the French Riviera is cool... we can't afford to live there, but it is cool!

We went ashore early in the morning. 

First miracle of the day, Judy is awake!

Harbor Fortress

Church where Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier
were married and buried.

Inside the Church 

 Princess Grace's Tomb
Hey!  Tourists have to take pictures of something.

Courtyard in front of the Royal Palace (behind the camera)

View from the Palace

Monte Carlo Casino 

We climbed a million stairs.  Judy
was pretty happy to find this along the way!

Thanks to Israel and all the walking we did there
we did not need the Defibrillator!

The harbor near where our ship was anchored. 

RCCL Voyager of the Seas