Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Audi e-Tron Concept
4 motors, 1 battery, 3,319ft-lb torque
Ferrari 458 Italia
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
Has an in-line 3 turbodiesel engine and 1 electric motor per axle
62 mpg, 0-60mph in 4.8sec, 155mph top speed
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Should be viewed all over Kansas as we had to record separate messages for each area of the state! We tried to say everyone's name, but it was hard to remember everything to say.
Look for us come Christmas time! Clara also got to be included, and looked so nice with her black and white fur!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Arms are now black and blue from trying to break in through the half open back door. Only positive note is that I now believe it will be harder than I origianlly thought for someone to break into our house.
Thankfully the neighbor had the number to my landlord and I was back inside within an hour.
For those wondering, "why didn't you just get Phillip's keys?" Of course this would be the day that he left to go do training at Ramstein. Awesome.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Back of our house. Really nice patio and the sun sets on this side of the house, so it is a nice place to spend the evenings. Clara also loves to sun herself back here!
Our view off the back porch. Corn and wheat fields in the distance. A little piece of Kansas in Germany!
Another view shot.
Our town's church clock tower in the distance. Chimes every hour, and really gets going at noon and 6:30pm. Thought it would be annoying, but I am liking it.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Phillip on the back steps of Buckingham Palace!
Next we headed over to the Brown's Hotel for a proper English Tea. The Brown's Hotel was voted 2009's best place in London for Tea. It was fantastic!! In addition to your choice of tea there were finger sandwiches, sconces with strawberries and clotted cream, and an assortment of desserts. And you could have as much as you liked! We ended up having 2 plates of sandwiches they were so good!! Not nearly as bad as the table of ladies behind us who had 3 plates! Haha!! You can even see in the picture the live piano musician behind Phillip. The whole experience was wonderful!
To end our trip to London we took a ride on the London Eye! So much fun!! We chose to go on a Pimm's ride, which cost more but included a Pimm's, which is a light alcoholic drink. We are so happy that we picked this type of ride because not only could you skip the 1 hour wait, but you get to ride separate from the other patrons. Since they don't allow alcohol on their regular rides they have to send the alcohol rides separate. Normally there are up to 20 people per capsule; we only had 6!!
The whole trip was fantastic, and this was the perfect way to end our weekend.
Below is a link to lots more photos that I posted to facebook. I am working on getting my flicker account set up so that I won't be overloading facebook with photos. Copy and paste!
We started Day 1 at the Tower of London. Of course you have to pay to go inside of anything, but it was well worth it here! Not only do you get to see the castle, but they also had lots of memorabilia displays, as well as the Crown Jewels!!
Here is Phillip outside the main entrance.
Rockin the audio tour! An extra charge, but at least then we knew what we were looking at. There were a total of 5 different tours, but we only made it through 3. Just that took us 2 hours!! My favorite part though was seeing the Crown Jewels! They are incredible, and you are allowed to view them right up close!
Parliament and Big Ben. We also went over and visited Westminster Abbey. Only got exterior pictures as it was getting late and things were starting to close down.
We also went over and visited the original Hard Rock Cafe'. We went inside the vault and saw all of the memorabilia, but we didn't stay to eat because the line was too long. Either way, the collection of items was worth seeing!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
After about a 20 minute bus ride our tour started in Bernkastel-Kues, a very pretty little German town. We got a couple hours to wander the town and its Marktplatz before our cruise started.
Sitting above the town is the Castle of Landshut, which was built in 1277, but has since been destroyed by a fire. Apparently though they allow people to spend the night in the castle!
The vineyards as viewed from the cruise! It was really pretty!! It is amazing how steep the hills are that they plant their vineyards on. I can't imagine what it is like to harvest the grapes!!
Our group at Sebastiani's Winery. What we did was called a Wine Probe, which is different from a tasting because he just gives you the bottle and lets you decide how much you want. There was not much swishing and spitting going on at our table! Sebastiani guided us through each wine and why it was unique. We were also served a wonderful dinner of pork and the most amazing potatoes ever!