July 4, 2015

London, England & Independence Day

I thought it would be kind of appropriate to post our pictures
from London, England on the 4th of July.

To the credit of both countries, we are now friends rather 
than enemies that battled each other long ago.

Royal Guard parade at Buckingham Palace.

This was fun and impressive to watch.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen's Foot Guard

Big Ben with the London Eye in the background.

Westminster Abbey

Prince William and Princess Kate were married here.

There was amazing architecture everywhere.

London is a very big and busy city.

Sometimes I felt like I was on a movie set - 
it didn't seem real, especially with all of the sounds of the city.

We also walked around Kensington Palace.

This really made me think of Princess Diana and it was rather sad.
This is where she lived after she and Prince Charles separated.

Statue of Queen Victoria outside of Kensington Palace.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground near the palace.

St. Paul's Cathedral where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married.   
It's so huge - you feel like an ant when you're standing near it.

This bridge was built for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
You can see the dome of St. Paul's in the background.

London bridge is in the distance in the photo below.

Here is a closer shot.

Many, many pubs for your enjoyment.

I wonder if they have Prince Albert in a . . . oh never mind!

My daughter and I ventured over to Portobello Road Market
which was close to where we were staying.

Pretty, colorful buildings with lots of shops, food stalls and

I liked the name of this one!

We were really lucky with good weather while we were there.
There's so much to see.
I hope to go back someday.



June 27, 2015

Back From Europe and A Few Pictures

Hi Everyone,

We are home from our trip to Europe.

We had a wonderful time.

And great weather.

I picked out a few favorite photos to share today.

I'm working on unpacking and getting back to a routine.

But don't worry - just in case you were going to . . .

. . . I'll be back with more.

Probably way more than you want to see.

I hope you are having a great weekend.
See you soon!

June 17, 2015


I've had this black table in our master bathroom for a long time
so I decided it was time for a change.

I swapped it out for my farmhouse chair and one of my little benches.
I actually have two of these benches and I have used them all over the house.

My hubby's change jar fit perfectly under the chair.

Just a few accessories were added to the bench.

I know I've shown you this blue and white bowl before
but it's really one of my very favorite things.

It's such a lighter look from the black table.
I'm really liking this quick and easy change.

As always, thanks so much for visiting!
~ JoAnne

June 3, 2015


Last week I shared with you the places we are staying in London and Paris.
  Today I have some pictures of the places we are staying in
 Munich, Florence and Rome.

This is the hotel where we will be staying in Munich.
It's called Hotel Eder.
Isn't it pretty?

This breakfast looks so yummy and an adorable
dining room to eat it in too.

source for photos of Hotel Eder

We will be staying in a hotel in Florence as well.
This one is called Hotel Alba.

I'm guessing that this hotel really captures the feeling
of the city and it has a yummy breakfast spread as well!  : )

source for photos of Hotel Alba

Our last city will be Rome.
We have booked a small apartment called La Gensola in the
historic district of Trastevere.

By the time we get to Rome, I think it will be nice to have
a little more room to spread out considering we will be experiencing
quite a bit of togetherness on this trip if you know what I mean!!

source for photos of La Gensola 

We're really hoping all of these places turn out to be as nice
as they look in the pictures.

This will be my last post before we leave but I do have a couple
posts planned for while we are away.
I'll try not to bore you with a million photos when we get back,
but I'll definitely have to show you some of the highlights!

As always, thanks so much for visiting!
~ JoAnne

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