I have been away for an extended period. Here are some photos to give you a clue:
Yes, it’s true! I have been on a lengthy trip through the United Kingdom and northern Europe. It has been a trip of a lifetime; for our Fortieth Anniversary. Yup, that’s forty years of marriage. We took a cruise that actually started in Fort Lauderdale where our son and his family live (we spent about a week visiting them). We saw these countries: Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Estonia, Russia, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
Since I am a California girl, I am always overwhelmed to see buildings that are so old. I realize that there are old constructions in California. I used to be a docent at the oldest standing adobe in the state. Unfortunately, even that was really new by comparison. In Europe, instead of hundreds of years, architecture can be measured by centuries- amazing!
In case, you are wondering, here is the key to these photos, in order from the top:
Russian dolls representing the continuity of life
Part of the amazing fountains at Petrehof, St. Petersburg, Russia
Trinity Hall, Dublin, Ireland (where the Book of Kells is kept)
Door detail in Helsinki, Finland
Basilica in Cherbourg, France
And, of course, THE Little Mermaid, Denmark