Thursday, April 16, 2020

Trip To London

Repeat post from August, 2014 of our great family vacation in London.  It also includes a couple hour visit in Paris, France in the video from 4:52-6:44.  With the April 15, 2019 tragic and devastating  fire of the iconic breathtaking Notre Dame Cathedral - there is a brief picture of it at the 6:13 mark.  Because we didn't have much time before we had to catch the Eurostar train back to London, we never went inside.  I always was hoping in the future to go back to Paris to spend more time and then take a tour inside the wondrous Cathedral.  So, heartbreaking. 

Big Ben in London, England
Our family just arrived safely back home after a great trip to London, England.  A great time was had by all.  The people we encountered in London were very nice and friendly.  Here is a video of some of the pictures that I took while there.  It includes a one-day visit to Paris via the Eurostar train that goes through the underwater tunnel in the English channel.  Pictures weren't allowed in Buckingham Palace [which was an awesome tour] with so many awesome chandeliers in every single room or in the Piccadilly Theater where we saw a great performance of Jersey Boys with some of the loudest ovations I have ever heard at a show or at a concert.  Also, pictures can't capture the wonderful English accent [or I guess we are the ones who had an American accent] or the beautiful French language in Paris; also, pictures can't describe the beautiful sweet aroma we encountered upon entering the Harrod's luxurious department store's perfumery department as we just opened the door.  

With that in mind, Tales presents it's 2014 vacation trip to London.

Trip To London - 2014:

Featuring: Big Mike and Mrs. big Mike aka the fetching Sheralyn and wonderful  daughter Ebony and son-in-law, big John and the nice sister of Sheralyn, Carmen.

Music in the order it is played: 
1.  A short clip of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
2.  England's own Sir Edward Elgar's "Nimrod" from his "Enigma Variations".
3.  Rule, Britannia
4.  British National Anthem [ending]: "God Save the Queen"
5.  George Gershwin's "An American In Paris" [clips]
6.  Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition".
7.  George Fredrick Handel's "Water Music".
8.  Dean Martin sings the ending of "Going Back To Houston".

Note:  Would have loved to get pictures from inside awesome Buckingham Palace when we toured there, but pictures weren't allowed.

Please turn up the volume and enlarge the picture for best viewing and [even if you don't like the pictures] to hear some great music.


bradley said...

THAT was a superb presentation , the accompanying music raised the fun up a notch, looked like all had a super time. I didn't want the show to end-- thanks for sharing!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Brad!

Kare Olav Morken (aka PotatoBall) said...

Thanks for sharing Michael. I´ve been to Paris but never London. Fun to get to share in your trip.

Anonymous said...

What a delightful video to watch! Can't wait to show Mr C. My parents favorite Gershwin and then Coming Home To Houston brought it all home! ThankYou for sharing. Makes me want to take a trip! You have a lovely family. Glad you all are home safe and sound.
Krissy in #ATX

Big Mike said...

Thanks Kare and Krissy for your comments!

Unknown said...

So enjoyable, Michael!! Thank you for putting this together & sharing! Great job, music and all. Just wonderful. You clearly had a great time!! Glad you missed the Lefty & Muslim nut jobs prowling the streets of London & Paris too. They didn't need to foul up your memories & video here, my friend. Great job!!

Joel said...

So glad that you had a great time in two magical cities. (Brought back memories of London. Just the opposite of Kare--I've been to London, not Paris.) The musical accompaniment was superb. Glad that you missed the protests, too! Happy you are all back with wonderful memories!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Steve and Joel--and I echo both of your comments about the anti-Israel protests!
Thank you both for your replies!!

Pamela said...

Enjoyed your tour by video. Nice job, Mike. That is some collection of loot in the British Museum, huh?? Your photos brought back good memories - thanks also for the music accompaniment.

Big Mike said...

Thanks Pamela!!

eurobird said...

Thanks so much, Brother Michael, for sharing! Obviously, you all had a great time. Shame you could only spend the day in Paris, but you have done a lot in just one day. (If I understood correctly).

Your next trip to Europe? Make it to Budapest and I will be your guide!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Peter so much!!! Yes, you saw correctly just one day in Paris. the rest of the time in London.

God Bless good man!!