Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 7...our 23 hour layover

Before our trip comes to an end we had a 23 hour layover in London...which means exploring time. We met up with our dear friend Jireh and met his lovely girlfriend Laura. It was so nice spending a couple of hours with them before we had to leave. 

First stop was the Queen's house and since the British flag was flying high in the sky then that means the Queen was home. 

(Everyone be jealous now!!)

Our next stop was Big Ben. And according to Jireh this is the "money shot." 

Then we walked to the London Eye. 

The sunset was beautiful but it made the weather colder. 

S taking advantage of having her Ninong Ji around. 

We walked around some more and took more pictures but with my real camera. Sorry for the lack of pictures. 

Saying good-bye with our friends but we will see them in 3 weeks again. 

Our Europe trip 2014 has come to an end. We fly to LA tomorrow and then back to our normal life. Until our next trip...keep on traveling friends. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Day 6 - Short trip to Vienna

Our trip is coming to an end but we can't just end it with flying straight to LA. So our journey back home contains a layover in Vienna (5 hours), a night in Germany, a day in London (finally seeing Ji) then flying home. 

And since we had 5 hours to kill in Vienna we decided to walk around for a little sight seeing. 

(The girls were tired of seeing old buildings)

Vienna was about 40 F and since we are from Cali we were freezing!!! 

Hopefully the next post will have some familiar faces!! Good-bye

Friday, February 21, 2014

Day 5, our last night in Italy

Today we were determined to see a lot of places. The sun was shining again which was a huge blessing and the girls slept fairly well. Our first stop was The Vatican Museum. 

(The dome is St. Peter's Church)

Inside the museum they had a lot of great art. Here are aomw that caught my eye. 

(Reminded me of the weeping angels from Dr. Who)
(Sphere within a sphere)

(View of Rome)

(The roof of the Sistine Chapel). That chapel was breathe taking and oh so beautiful!! 

Outside of the Vatican looking at the church of Saint Peter. 

After the Vatican we decided to get gelato!!!

Then we headed to the Spanish steps...

We wanted to walk to the Pantheon and we found a lot of cool things on the way. 

Finally reached our final destination. The Pantheon. 

And of course we ended the day with more Gelato!! 

Our stay in Italy was very pleasant. I don't like their public restrooms in Rome and some ppl can be rude bc you don't understand them but all in all Italy was AMAZING!!  

Well hopefully if we come back to Italy we can visit Verona!! Ciao. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Day 3 and 4...rain

Day 3

We wanted to visit more of Tuscany so we headed to Florence. The clouds were out but we didn't think anything about it. It was a good hour drive but the way to Florence was of course beautiful. 

Once we reach Florence driving to the Dome was a bit tricky. Italy has these signs that does not allow you to drive through the streets and since all the little streets had them we had to find parking and walk to the different locations we desired to see. 

I didn't mind walking around Florence, the buildings were old and beautiful. 

We finally found an old church building not our main stop but mind as well take some pictures. 

While taking some pictures we notice dark clouds coming our way. So we head for shelter and we found ourselves in a thunderstorm. So we found refuge in this old church building which they turned into a museum. 

We stayed indoors for about 45 minutes then we noticed the rain softening up so we bought an umbrella and took to the streets. We couldn't reach the dome but it was still a nice adventure. 

Day 4

Rain continues but we decided to explore Siena anyway. We wanted to see the Piazza then head back to Rome before heavy rain started but Praise God no heavy rain came. 

I'm a little bummed that we didn't get to see more of Tuscany but God has been very gracious with us with this trip. Traveling with two little kids has been trying. S gets car sick all the time which causes her to complain all the time. K is picky with food that's here but at least there's pizza!! There has been a lot of impatient arguing, lack of sleep arguing and straight out arguing. Our sins have been revealed throughout this trip thus far but it humbles me to know that I'm forgiven because of the blood of Jesus. Tomorrow is a new day which comes new blessings. Until tomorrow ciao. 

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