Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Road Trip: State Fair of Texas!

Big Tex
With the cooler air and the slower work schedule we decided to take a road trip up to Dallas to visit the State Fair. I had never been to the State Fair of Texas but had been trying to convince Evan to make the trip for the last few years. Evan had an itch for a road trip and since it was fall I talked him into the fair. As it turns out this was the first trip for all of us.

One of the things that I was most looking forward to at the fair was trying out some of the unusual fried foods. We (Evan) started out with a Fletchers Corny Dog which he said was delicious.

We moved on from the Corny Dog to:
Fried Biscuit and Gravy (least favorite by far)
Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly (The Best)
Fried Loaded Baked Potato
 We had a little picnic at the boots of Big Tex. The bit of Lemonade that I drank was perfect. Evan and Sadie fought over the majority of it. We watered down the Lemonade for Sadie any time we picked some up but she is a fiend for it.
Gulf Coast Fried Shrimp Boil Balls and Southern Chicken Fried Meatloaf
The Carrot Cake was the Big Tex Choice Award Winner. 

Lemonade Hog

The Kids Boardwalk was fun and a nice chance to get Sadie out of her stroller to check things out. 
The Fair Grounds isn't a traditional fair location. It's essentially in downtown Dallas. It is surrounded by the Natural Science Museum, The Music Hall, and The Cotton Bowl among other things.

My baby got her first tattoo

She saw a momma and baby piglets.

One if the coolest things I saw were the chicks hatching.

We didn't spend much time on the Midway since Sadie was a little young for the rides.

 And we passed on the Smokey Bacon Margarita since I am pregnant.

 We visited the Fair the same weekend as The Red River Rivalry between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University. Texas won!

 We also spent a fair amount of time in the huge Auto Show. Evan started looking online for truck prices as soon as we got to the hotel.  We didn't stay for the concert as the kiddo was getting super cranky. We left the house without a stroller like rookies! Thankfully rental strollers were available. It was a lifesaver. The Fair was so big with so many things to see and try that I feel like we just got a little taste of it in the 5 plus hours we were there. We will be more prepared next year!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Honeymoon: Paris Part 2

On our second full day in Paris we decided to take the train to Versailles and tour the Palace of Versailles. It was a surprisingly easy place to reach. The train drops you off about 2 blocks from the Palace. Words don't really do it justice. My pictures don't do it justice either but here you go....

The flowers in early spring.

 This is the Queen's Hamlet. A nice little place for the kids to play.....

 I was in love with all of the daffodils! They were beautiful and they were everywhere in Paris and London!

In the low season the gardens are free so people would be jogging, dog walking, bike riding and leisurely reading the news paper in the gardens. How fun!

We had such a lovely time on our Honeymoon!

Some observations from the trip:

There were many more panhandlers in Paris than I've seen anywhere else. It was amazing how many people found gold rings around us and randomly walked up to us trying to block our way asking us in a French accent if we speak English.

We did not find the rumor of the super rude French to be true at all. Everyone we dealt with were kind and friendly.

Museums are free in London, churches are not (the famous ones at least).

France has great Pizza!

Chips as in Fish n Chips are best from a Fish n Chips shop. Real chips are not the same as fries.

Unless you are at a fancy hotel, your Continental breakfasts are probably not very good in London or in Paris. Luckily in Paris there are pastries on every corner it seems.

London's public transportation is very expensive but it's easy to use. Paris's is cheaper and just as easy to get around with.

London was a much trendier place fashion wise.The Parisians had a much simpler style.

I packed lighter than I ever have and wore everything! It's a first!

So did I miss anything big?

Anyone been to Paris and London? Which did you like more?

You can read about the rest of the trip here, here, and here.

Talk to you later!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Honeymoon: Paris Part 1

Paris is where we started our honeymoon trip. It was lovely! The bread is better than I imagined and the croissants melted in my mouth! We had a croissant when we went to London and it was rock hard. It will be hard to eat a non Parisian croissant again! We walked down the Seine river over and and over again (thinking "we're strolling around in PARIS"), drank French wine, and had delish pizza!

London felt like it had so much to do and was a busy and happening place. Paris was much more relaxed.

While in Paris we walked, admired, ate, drank, and smiled till our hearts were content.

Here is a rundown of some of the things we got to do in the city.

We hiked up to see the Sacré-Cœur. It was beautiful. We were staying in Montmartre so every morning when we walked to the end of the street that our hotel was on to the main drag we could look to the left and see this beautiful Basilica. On our way home we would get to see it all lit up and gleaming at night.
We saw first at the Basilica, then the Eiffel Tower and at Notre Dame French soldiers walking around holding guns. It seemed like the norm to the passers by but it kind of put me on edge.
In Paris they had all of these beautiful flower shops with immaculate flowers displayed outside.
The Moulin Rouge was underwhelming. It was near where we were staying so we didn't have to go too far out of our way to see it.
The Acr de Triomphe was much bigger than I had expected.
I am in love with the square trees. These were on the Champs-Élysées. We also saw some at Château de Versailles.

Me nerding out overlooking the Seine river and Eiffel Tower.
We went to a market and got some cheese, fruit, wine and bread in an effort to have a picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Note to self, bring a blanket next time. We ended up on a bench so we were close to our plans. Below is E sneaking bites of bread on our walk.
You might have seen this thing before!

I am going to admit that I am a total tourist. I don't have to do all of the touristy things but I do get excited at seeing the monuments that you've seen all your life in person. I was a total nerd about seeing the Eiffel Tower. We didn't go to the top. For some reason I wasn't really interested in it. I was just exciting to have it as the backdrop while exploring the city.
Seine River
Were weren't sure what these locks were for. They had names on them and people were selling them but we never did find out what exactly the significance they had.
I was so disappointed that we didn't get to go to the Musee d'Orsay. I just wanted to run in a see a few things so we kept trying to go at the end of the day and it kept closing earlier than it's posted times. Guess I will just have to go back to Paris someday!

We did make it to the Lourve and saw Miss Lisa.

Here is E at Notre Dame. The inside of this Cathedral is may favorite of all the churches I have visited. We were treated to a choral performance when we were there. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

We took a night cruise down the Seine. I definitely recommend it! We loved it! I got giddy when the Eiffel Tower started to sparkle!

I will be back later with Part 2.

Talk to you later!

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