Thursday, April 1, 2010

We Got Pastier

Every time we fly into IAH we end up going through customs with some flight from the Bahamas. We always joke that on our vacations, we actually get more pasty rather than more tan. So here's another of those trips.

Eddy attended a meeting in Oxford, so of course I had to join him. Oxford was beautiful--sunny, warm, quaint, gorgeous! I enjoyed the Bodleian and the Ashmolean on my own.

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Then we went to the botanical gardens. One of our favorite sites was J.R.R. Tolkein's favorite tree, topped only by the carnivorous plants room.

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We topped it off with one of the best meals we have ever had! We ate at Jaime's Italian--owned by Jaime Oliver.

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We started with the most delicious appetizer of freshly made buffalo mozzarella topped with a potent pesto. Then we each had a delectable pasta.

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We also stopped off at the Eagle and Child where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein used to meet with their Inklings group.

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Then we hopped a bus to London for a few days. After quaint, sunny Oxford, London was a bit of a rude awakening. The weather was chilly and damp and the crowds were a bit overwhelming. Still, we had a great time at the aquarium

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and the London Eye.

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We also managed to stumble onto a international chocolate festival. Can't go wrong there.

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We made it to Tate Modern and my beloved V&A.

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Finally, we celebrated our return to warm, sunny Texas with a trip to the pool where we attempted to get at least a little less pasty.

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