Here are photos from some of the parks the Emmetsbergers visited on their Globus Enchanting Canyonlands bus tour. As I told you when we returned, the trip was far better then I had anticipated. John and I enjoyed the entire experience from beginning to end. Each day truly held a wonder for us. We had plenty of time in each park to explore and enjoy their individual beauty. It was just a fantastic time. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone. It was a treat. Of course beginning the tour and ending it in Las Vegas was also a great time for us as we got to enjoy a few shows. Globus did a wonderful job. The tour is A+++ . It is a great value for all you get to see and experience. It would be hard to imagine that anyone would be disappointed.
Keeping abreast of an ever-changing cruise industry requires constant
training and “life aboard ship” travel experience. In April, Susan attended
the CLIA Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and toured several ships in port. She also sat in on “Round Table Discussions” with the CEOs and Vice Presidents from a dozen ocean and river cruise lines, discussing what was new and on the cruising horizon. Plus, she completed six new CLIA courses. At a CLIA Certified Counselors event, Susan was recognized as one of the few CLIA Scholars in the U.S.
Captain Stubbing from the "Love Boat" made a
We had a great time in the city! Started off with a 7 hour walking tour with Real New York tours on Saturday which was great! We were able to see Central Park, Wall Street, World Trade Center site, China Town, Little Italy, Soho, Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park. He also taught us how to use the subway system which came in handy later in the week. Both of the plays were great. The girls liked them much more than I thought they would. We started out everyday around 9 and got in bed about 12:30 every night. We shopped on 5th avenue, went to the wax museum, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, when to the Natural History Museum, took a bus tour called "The Ride", went to the Top of the Rock, Grand Central, and on and on. And of course, we ate and ate and ate.
Saturday, November 5th - That night I went to a party at Francois' apartment, Bruno's brother. It was a housewarming and dinner was served. The French are fanatics on food and I love it. I read an article that said the Americans spend 1/3 of what the French spend on food. And, I believe it. I made two batches of brownies for that, and I guess they were good since I didn't get to taste them. We had a rice salad, fresh salmon, Westphalie ham, roast, million kinds of cheese - I'm becoming a cheese aficionado - don't know what I'm going to do when I return to the states, and lots of wine and apple pie and rum ice cream. French ice cream is really bad, compared to American ice cream, at least I think. Less chemical, though, as is everything else!
P.S. Celebrate - I'm a legal alien now!
Throwback Thursday -
Saturday, November 5th - This afternoon I went to see some of the Monet's paintings at the Musee Marmottan. I think he must be my favorite impressionist artist, if not my favorite artist. I still haven't figured out how he painted them because if you look at the paintings up close all you see is a blur - they only come into perspective at a proper distance. I can't really appreciate his later works since his vision was going bad and his perception was distorted, along with his colours, but those he did when he was in full form are really impressive.
Thursday Aerogrammes de Paris -
Continuation de la visite de la Conciergerie a Paris…
We saw the cell Marie-Antoinette stayed in which was minute and had almost no lighting. Although she had magnificent libraries at her disposal in the palace, she had never read but in the cell she read constantly since she was given no needles to stitch with. She was only 38 when she was executed, but she aged greatly during the month and a half she was at the Conciergerie. The Cour des Femmes was the daytime gathering place of the women prisoners. They were separated from the men by a grill. At the end of the day, a paper was published giving the names of those who were to be judged and sentenced and probably executed the next day. The men received it first and passed it along to the women through the grill.
On to the Premiere Chambre Civile, which is inside the Palais de Justice, where Marie-Antoinette was sentenced to death. Her trail took 2 days during which time she had to remain standing. She was sentenced around 400am in the morning after 3 hours of deliberation by the carefully selected jury. At one point in the trial, a document was presented signed by her son, which stated that she had had incestuous relations with him. Marie-A, being prepared for this, displayed no emotion. When asked, “Why?”, she merely replied, “I appeal to all the mothers in France.” Public sentiment turned somewhat in her favor, of course, to no avail. She was taken from the Conciergerie through the Cour de Mar in open chariot around 1030a to the Place de la Concorde and executed at 1215pm.
… Continuation de la visite de la Conciergerie a Paris…
We toured the Salles des Gardes & the Salles des Gens d’Armes – where the king’s personnel took their meals, then to the kitchen with four gigantesque fireplaces– each one specializing in some kind of food. The “Rue de Paris” which received the men who couldn’t afford to pay. They slept on straw and had to protect their faces and ears at night from rats. In the Galerie des Prisonniers, we saw the cell where prisoners spent their last night before execution, if they were sentenced after seven. If they were sentenced during the day, they were executed immediately.
Throwback Thursday – Aerogrammes de Paris - Saturday, October 15, 1977 - This afternoon I went to a “Visite-Conference” to the Conciergerie, a day before the anniversary of the execution of Marie Antoinette (October 16, 1793). Naturally, it is mainly known for its part during the reign of terror of the French Revolution. Most prisoners only stayed there for a few days but those who were “a la pistole” ie those who paid and had private cells, did so for a month. The stay was usually short. After a few days, they were sentence and nine of ten people were guillotined including Marie Antoinette, Mme. Elisabeth, Louis XVI’s sister, Mme Recamier. And, in the end, Robespierre and the public accuser Fouquier-Finville, who sentenced Marie Antoinette to death….
Aerogrammes de Paris…
Friday, October 21st…I left for La Commanderie today, the Courault’s country home. I took the train to St. Cloud, Francois, Bruno’s brother, picked me up. The house came into the hands of the Courault family just before the French revolution. The cave, the walls, and the old pigeon coop date from the 12th century. The rest is from early 1700’s.
On Saturday, about 30 of Francois’ friends arrived an we went to the vineyard to pick grapes. Most of the grapes had already been picked but they left a few for the city folk. It was HARD WORK! We picked the grapes and the foreman with a huge vat on his back came around into which we emptied our buckets. Then the raisins were partially pressed. And, after that…I really don’t know much except that it is stored I huge vats in the big basement.
That afternoon, we picked mushrooms from the fields for part of supper, which was held in the big workroom, with candles. Kind of medieval feeling. Big pans of chicken, mushrooms, green salad, cheese, grapes and, of course, lots and lots of Rose d’Anjou.
Throwback Thursday – Aerogrammes de Paris –
“French organization isn’t bad; they just don’t have any!”
Friday, October 21st – I left the apartment at 730am to go to the Prefecture of Police to start working on my carte de sejour. French organization isn’t bad; they just don’t have any. Waited in line with about 200 people – who also had priority cards for 30-45 minutes. Finally got a number to get inside. Window #6 – No. 20. Then one of the ladies at the window said “au pair” weren’t supposed to be in that building. So, we turned in our numbers and were sent to the other building. Then, found out we were at the right building in the first place. They gave us a new number – Window #6 – No. 35, which would mean another 3 hours wait. Luckily, I had been talking to a rather robust Holland girl who wasn’t about to wait that long. She cornered a lady who turned out to be very sympathetic and I was out by 11am – even before the people who had #’s before my original 20!