Monday, June 5, 2017

An Exceptional Wedding Anniversary

Twenty years ago on this date, Elaine and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary while in Europe on a 10 Country Globus tour with Julie and Carolyn. We left from Omaha on May 25th on a TWA  plane for St. Louis; transferred to a Boeing 767, and landed the next morning at London's Gatwick airport. We took a bus to Norwich, England  where we met Alan and Ann Flowerday. And, spent the next 3 days touring the area in England where Elaine's family was from. We took a day tour of London seeing the highlights of the City and the girls saw the Swan Lake Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall. We joined the Globus tour group at the London Embassy Hotel where we had been staying and met Carl, our Tour Leader. We bused up to Dover and saw the white cliffs as we departed and rode a "hover-craft", 4-5 feet above the water across the English Channel to Callis, France.
 We saw many Dutch Windmills in the Netherlands; drove past the houses if "ill-repute" in Amsterdam; and, visited the Cathedral of Cologne in Germany. We went through the Black Forest and on to Switzerland where I rode the cog-railroad up Mt. Pilatus. We even did some clothes shopping in Innsbrook. We took the Autobahn across the Alps to Venice, Italy. The girls enjoyed a gondola ride and being serenaded. Carl announced our anniversary as we boarded the bus in Venice and everyone sang Happy Anniversary to us. We traveled through an agricultural area on our way to Rome where we went on a City Tour ahead of Dinner (pictured above).  We had a 4-5 course meal with all the wine we wanted where Julie got a kiss and Elaine got a pinch. Carl brought us a bottle of Champagne, Cake, and a Rose for Elaine. He then took us on a great walking tour where we saw the Trevi Fountain and a view of the City from Capitol Hill. It was a Great Wedding Anniversary Celebration and we went on to enjoy the rest of the trip.

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