Friday, July 26, 2013


The Big three.
Our favorites:).

Everything is so OLD here!

 We're speaking to you in Italian...can't you hear it? 
{in case there's ANY confusion, that word is used in Italy for MANY different circumstances!  It's kind of like an "enjoy" or "cheers" word.  My usage has NO connection to its stateside "twin," alluding to a small child growing inside a woman.}

 The waiter told us to show more "love"...the best we could do with a table in the way!

Notice my "Esteban smile"
 The Vatican.  Where....
...Esteban "didn't" pay attention to the warnings....

...Megan dressed like she was going to the "beach" {literally what some devout, Roman Catholic woman told me as I was sitting outside St. Peter's Basilica because they wouldn't let me in.  Oops for not remembering that slight detail!  Thanks Esteban for the picture:)!

 Europe through the eyes of my husband take 1...

 Did I mention that we were EXHAUSTED at this point...and looking forward to being able to rest on the cruise!

Europe through the eyes of my husband take 2... 


 Just because Venice has canals instead of roads and boats instead of cars doesn't mean that they don't deal with the same issues that we do.

{Read left-right, up-down}
 sometimes you just need to be towed...parallel parking....traffic jams....texting while driving
  Notice the Gondolier behind me while I eat fresh shrimp all fried up and yummy!
 As big as my head....
 Cappucino per favore.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


I don't know if it's because I spent about 2 1/2 months there...or because I went during the off-season where there aren't HORDES of {obnoxious} tourists....or if it's because I got to know the city with a friend who would have made Buhl, Idaho exciting! But needless to say, I LOVE PARIS!

So, when planning this trip, even if it seemed a little out of the way, we just HAD to go to Paris!
And our time there was no exception!
I don't know if Esteban would say that he LOvEs Paris the way that I still do....but I know that he enjoyed it:)!

One more thing about that we love planning to NOT have a plan.
Yes, we had the "must-see-sights" for each city....but we loved just wandering around in hopes to find the "real" city.
And thankfully, we did {or at least we're assuming that what we saw was a reflection of the culture of where we were...or it could just be a show for all of the suckers like us that are waiting for this...}! 
Some of our best memories are from unexpected finds like an "x-games" by the Seine, chess in the park, "chin-chin" with all 4 clerks of a little shop, an outdoor band concert and more.

Here are just some of the moments we were able to capture in the City of Light.

Oh....before I jump into the tourist are some "candids" from our flight fiasco at the beginning of our trip.

In BWI before leaving...the US Airways line we waited in for about an hour only to be told that we had to fly out 2 days later, completely missing our first stop of the trip

At this point in the trip, all of this was a SAD thing.  
However, don't let the utter looks of devastation fool you...

..we were both still pretty psyched to be heading to Paris on FIRST CLASS!

And we made it!!!!

One day we stopped in a cute, little fromagerie (cheese shop) and with a variety of languages, sound effects and hand gestures, we left with a nice spread for a picnic!

We enjoyed our little picnic in the Luxembourg Garden where we experienced another taste....the French CHESS culture!
{ husband won that game:)!}

I'd like to think that this picture is not a result of the wrong setting, but a reflection of the heaven-like paintings and ethereal effects found in one of our favorite museums, the Orsay.

Some of the more exciting sights that we stumbled upon....

I'll end this post with probably the 2 most popular Paris icons....

Including all three pictures might seem a little excessive for this one, but I thought that our facial expressions were priceless {zoom in if you have a second}  and the one of both of us instigated one of our favorite quotes of the whole trip....."What did you win?" 
Doesn't she know that this is the Arch of TRIUMPH??!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


We are back from our big summer trip.
It was amazing, let me tell you!
But before I post the gobs of photos that I'm dying to share with you, I have to tell you a quick story.
It's the explanation of the alluded to "troubles" {on facebook} that we had in Spain where Esteban and I were separated.
It's the backbone of our entire trip.
It's our little MIRACLE!
We've been planning this trip for a while.
Buying various plane tickets, reserving well-researched hotels, contacting family and friends who will be in our predetermined destinations, downloading countless apps on our phones that will aid in our travels, etc.
But, in our myriad of "to do's" we missed on HUGE one.
Figure out what kind of visa is needed for Bolivian passport holders.
Big one.
I know, I could we miss that???!!!
But that's where our little MIRACLE comes in.

It's called a Schengen Visa.
Esteban needed one.
He didn't get one.
We had NO CLUE.
Fast-forward to July 1, 2013.
Flew into France, NO problems.
Italy.  NO problems.
It wasn't until Spain that we even heard about this visa and started thanking the Lord for His provision.
But then, we had one more twist in the story that made us EVEN MORE thankful.
We went to catch our flight from Spain to our last destination, the UK.
It turns out that this little Schengen fiasco finally caught up with us and Esteban could NOT enter the UK without it.
Thankfully, no big deal.
He hung out with his cousin, Juan Pablo, in Madrid and I hang out with his cousin, Ximena, in London!
The airline changed his departure city from London to Barcelona (there weren't any flights from Madrid for a week) free of charge, and we both had a great time with the aforementioned family members.
But that's not what really makes this a miracle.
If some of you remember, we had some flight problems before the trip even happened.
We had weather issues and ended up missing our original flight and had to leave 2 days later and fly directly to our 2nd destination of our "well-planned" trip.
Paris, France.
Where did we originally plan on flying to?
London, UK.
So, we truly beleive that if it all would have gone as we had planned...we would have never gone!
This is embarassing for us.
But in the end, we have to focus on the big picture.
Our God is bigger than the organization of 26 countries in Europe.
Our God is able to transcend our human error.
Our God cares about silly things like a "trip of our dreams."
And yes, our God can teach us a lesson that doesn't have to be learned "the hard way."
We feel so humbled, blessed, grateful and full of praise!
Hopefully now the following loads of pictures will mean more to you as they do to us.
They shouldn't have happened.
But our Lord wanted them to.
And so HE made it happen.
Not us.