Monday, June 29, 2009

More Pictures

It really was a beautiful day in London.

Just enough clouds to not get too sunburned while on the bus

I was really fascinated by the changing of the guards. Apparently I wasn't the only one, there was quite a crowd there.

The top of the Houses of Parliament.

We saw the Nigerian embassy while there.

It doesn't get much better than fish and chips.

An obelisk from Egypt. It really shows how connected this region really is, and has been for a really long time. If you look back at our Egypt pictures you can see a clock that was traded for an obelisk in France.

The tower bridge. They have such detail put into showmanship here. It is quite extraordinary.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Going Out

As Saturday was Ana's last day in Lagos we went out and had some snacks and a few drinks.

Ana has taken an assignment in Australia/Papua New Guinea, she will be missed but I'm sure that our paths will cross again sometime in the future.

Emily and Monty, are taking a couple of weeks in Germany and then should end up in Houston weighing different opportunities they have going on there.

This is also Peter's last week here. He has decided to go back to Canada. I met Peter when we were both working on the same project in Houston, he came to Lagos about 6 months before we did. Suzanne met his girlfriend Jenny at the small world project. It really is a small world, in this business we may come across one another again.

Bottles is a really fun place to hang out.

Amy and Suzanne are so cute together. We are going to try our best to get Amy and Reza to Houston.

Again hanging out having a good time.

The girls as always looking so radiant!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Going Away Parties

In the past couple of weeks there have been several of our friends here that are in the process of leaving, so we have had several going away parties lately.

Christine and Moody came to the project in March 2007 and have just bought a new house in Sugarland. We will be seeing them again soon!

The last night at their apartment, the girls looking cute as always.

Pool party for Monty and Emily, wait that looks like us. The party was for them but I like cute pictures of my wife so I put our picture up.

Being Movie stars by the pool.

The next evening Amy cooked an Iranian feast for us all to enjoy. Saying goodbye to Monty, Emily and Ana.

Hanging around chatting. Toasting everyone and their hard work.

A nice group of people who have enjoyed each others company through work and relaxing times.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Random Trip Photos

It is tame again for some random photos.

Some of our luggage being dragged onto the train. It was quite an adventure trying to squeeze all the bags through the train station entrance gates.

The Eiffel tower from all angles. We didn't have time to go up in the tower but we walked around it a lot.

Hanging out and relaxing on the grass next to the Eiffel tower.

Cognac bottles in the shape of the Eiffel tower. I should have gotten one of these.

The Musee d'Orsay

A glass of wine at a street cafe on Place Saint Michael.

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Home

We are both really excited about being able to come back home again. We are in the process of purchasing a new house. We should be finished with the process by the end of July and able to move in in August. A couple of pictures to hold you over until we get a chance to invite people over.

It is a 4 bedroom, red brick house with a detached garage. Look at me I'm like a real estate agent or something. We are really excited about our new house.
It has plenty of room in the back for hosting a party or just hanging out. We are really excited to get to move in and enjoy time with friends and family!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

London For A Day

We took the bullet train from Paris to London, it only took like 2 and 1/2 hours and we were there.

With so much to see and only one day we decided the best bet would be one of those goofy red double deck open top bus.

The timing could not have been better. We got to the palace just in time for the changing of the guards. They do this once a day, and it is quite a production.

They get the whole palace in on the operation, the guys (or girls) in the fuzzy hats, the guards with guns, the horseback guards. It is quite a production.

Since there were thousands of people there the best way to see was to get up on the wall. (Only allowed on the outer wall quite far back from the actual palace wall.)

The Princess Diana memorial walkway.

Buckingham Palace, In case you were wondering we did not photo shop our selves into this picture. It actually was that beautiful of a day while we were there. We could not have orders more perfect weather if we tried.

The House of Parliament is quite amazing to see.

A picture with Big Ben, more perfection of the hold your arm out picture.

The giant observation wheel. In America we call those things faris wheels, but I guess its sheer size makes it an observation wheel. It has 32 compartments and each one holds up to 25 people, and reaches a height of 135 meters (about 440 ft)

A nice cruise around the river. It seems like every where we go we find a way onto a boat. (Its a good thing we like boats)

Cruising under the London Bridge. This is the 5th London bridge in case you were wondering.

The Tower of London. This is a huge structure and I understand that it has had many different uses over the years.

We had fish and chips and a pint in a pub in London. How cool is that, I have to say it was pretty good.

A London phone booth, these things are really neat looking.

One of the open top buses, We had a really great time while there.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Disneyland Paris

Before we went we purchased tickets to Disneyland. The weather tried to stop us but we weren't about to let a little monsoon keep us from having fun. Turns out the lines to everything are a lot shorter during a downpour. (Who knew)

At the entrance, notice all the umbrellas and ponchos.

The castle, the whole hold your arm out picture doesn't work so well with umbrellas.

Suzanne's favorite, its a small world after all...

Small would dancers, you knew she would have a picture of dancers.

The Mickey parade near the end of the day

Ah the castle, the rain did let up a little later in the day. This was a really fun experience.