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London

London This just might be my favorite city in Europe.  Simon and I went to England as newlyweds for our first Christmas and we have loved the place ever since.  Since we were flying in and out of London for this entire trip, we decided to take a few days at the end to enjoy a little bit of the city.  We also have some good friends from Munich that moved there and it was a great chance to catch up with them.  I am glad that we were able to share London with Auburn and Conley before we head back to the US. We tried to take them to our favorite spots, but also add a few new things to our list.

 Big Ben The kids were thrilled when they saw this again in the Cars 2 movie.
 Tate Modern
We have never been to this museum.  The kids did surprising well.  They would find their favorite piece of art in every room.  They then insisted that Simon take their picture in front of it.


St. Paul's Cathedral Even though it is the biggest church in London and second biggest in the UK, Simon and I had…

Morocco - part II

After our amazing camel trip into the dunes, we packed up and headed out for the long, long drive to Fez.  The kids did amazing well.  On our way we drove some good looking country and at one point found these little guys on the side of the road.


Fes  This city has the largest living medieval city in the world.  In the medina there are no cars, only donkeys and carts to transport goods.  It is full of little side streets, dead ends, and narrow streets.  The guide books all say that part of the fun is getting lost, which we did.  Luckily there are plenty of locals that are willing to point you in the right direction.
Some spices in the medina
Tanneries
 Morocco is famous for leather products.   These tanneries are were they prepare and dye the leather.  You have to pay a little "tip" to the people and they will take you up to their store fronts so you can get a view.  The smell is quite strong, but it is very interesting to watch.


Medersa Attarin


Medersa Bou Inania


Auburn …

Sahara

After a long drive we came to Erg Chebbi.  It is in the southeast corner of Morocco and home to huge sand dunes from the Sahara desert.  We had to go.  It was the highlight of the trip for all of us. 




The kids had an absolute blast.  It was one giant playground for them.  They ran down the dunes, slid on their bums, climbed up, jumped...  Simon was right along with them when he wasn't taking pictures.  I would have as well, had I not been six months pregnant.











This next part of our trip we are pretty sure got us "parents of the year" in the eyes of our children.  We had read about these excursions where you take a camel ride in the dunes to a camp and spend the night in a tent.  Once we got there we decided to give it a try.  When you ask the kids about our trip, this is the first thing that they will tell you "we rode on camels!"  The kids are still talking about riding the camels.  Conley rode with Simon and Auburn rode with me.  This just happened to be our…