Our holiday travel story covers our favorite travel destinations throughout the year. Our Christmas card reveals some of our favorite destinations. We started this tradition in 1996 and plan on continuing it as long as we can travel. The first few years we included only one picture and we were usually in full Christmas attire and had our big red tandem bicycle with us. Lately, it seems that we fly more and it's not as easy to take our big bike with us, but we always carry Santa’s hat and his elf’s hat and find a willing passer-by (sometimes we have to use a tripod) to help us document our memories.
Our first destination in 2010 was Cape Kennedy where we saw the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis-STS 132. It was an amazing sight. When we returned home, we were able to view the Space Shuttle docked with the Space Station as it passed approximately 190 nautical miles above the earth traveling at an average of 17,239.2 mph.
In July, we spent a week bicycling through the Netherlands and two of our favorite destinations were the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, and Kinderdijk, a village near Rotterdam. The Peace Palace is often called the seat of international law because it houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations. Nineteen windmills are located in Kinderdijk.
We saw several stages of The Tour de France in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France including the final stage in Paris. We splurged and purchased VIP seating on the Champs Elysees.
October found us in Washington D. C. We spent two days at the Newseum. One of the special exhibits was on Hurricane Katrina. Boxes of tissue are kept in the area for those who shed a few tears at the memories.
Our most recent destination was Little Rock, Arkansas on Thanksgiving week-end for the SEC match-up between our Arkansas Razorbacks and LSU. Headlines the next day proclaimed “Razorbacks rip Boot out of Tigers’ hands” and “Oh, so sweet”. We’ll find out soon if the Hogs go to their first BCS bowl, the Sugar Bowl.
See part 2 for more pictures.
(Insiders: We've tried to fix the dark pictures with no luck. Sorry.)
It would be a dream come true to have seen 42 launches. We tried to get tickets for the November launch in the lottery but were not successful. We would love to see a night launch and will continue to watch for the new date. Our friends love to get the cards. After about 14 years of getting cards with our travel pictures, they know better than to ask what destinations will be featured on the card. For the first few years, we only used 1 picture. We could never just pick out 1 picture now.