When we moved to the Philippines we had decided that we would use our vacation days in Asia, only returning to the U.S. for sibling weddings. And even then, only the person who is the actual sibling would go back for the wedding since plane tickets are expensive. So, when Matt’s sister said she was getting married we knew Matt would fly back to attend. Then she emailed us and requested that I attend as well. We checked out the dates and flights and our frequent flyer miles and things just worked out. Kalani didn’t have school for the following week of the wedding and we scored killer deals on airfare using our miles for me and the kids to go to California. So, it turned out to be our 10 day vacation in California with family…at least for me and the kids. Matt was only in California for about 24 hours before he flew back to the Philippines to conserve vacation days (and he had just recently spent time with family in California as part of a business trip).
Waiting for to board the plane at the airline lounge. There are some perks to flying so much, like the free food, drinks and Wi-Fi in the frequent flyer lounges.
While waiting for family to show up at the hotel, we decided to take the short walk to the beach and go exploring.
The night before the wedding we had a nice dinner with close friends and family.
While waiting for Matt to arrive from the airport and the wedding to start, the kids enjoyed the nearby park and playing with their cousins.
The wedding was held on the beach at Asilomar where my in-laws first met each other.
Daddy/Daughter dance during a small reception…her dress was lovely. She had commissioned custom sleeves to be made by a tailor, but unfortunately the end result did not properly match the dress.
The best photo that I had with the happy bride and groom…good thing I wasn’t the photographer.
Matt using the decorations for a grill. We got to see him at 2pm Saturday afternoon and then he left for the Philippines at 7am on Sunday morning.
Our final destination on our European vacation was Barcelona, Spain. It took us 7 hours to drive from Nice, France to Barcelona but we all survived. It was also nice to have a really cool hotel room waiting for us…after we found it. The only down side to our hotel was that it was off a main road and Barcelona vs. Madrid in the Champion League was happening during our stay so we didn’t get much sleep.
Barcelona has some really crazy cool buildings. Antoni Gaudi was the architect for many of the Dr.Suess looking buildings.
La Sagrada Familia ... still 30 years away from being completely finish
Casa Batlló aka. House of Bones
This was how we saw Barcelona. With really only one day there and with kids, this was the best option
After 2 weeks in Europe, this is what the Farley boys looked like!
We had a wonderful time seeing another part of the world and being together with family. And luckily we didn’t kill each other or get into any accidents.
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Another famous area on the French Riviera…Cannes. We walked from our hotel in Nice to the train station where we then took a train to Cannes. The kids really enjoyed riding the train and kept switching seats…good thing it wasn’t crowded.
When we got to Cannes we headed towards the beach so we could walk along the Promenade de la Croisette. More specifically we went to the Carlton Hotel.
350 - 5,000 EUROS for the night
Another thing that Cannes is famous for is the International Film Festival…so that was our next stop.
Cannes International Film Festival located behind us...we were there a month too soon
And the last thing that we really wanted to see in Cannes was The Île Sainte-Marguerite. The island is most famous for its fortress prison (the Fort Royal), in which the so-called Man in the Iron Mask was held in the 17th century.
The island is approximately 3km in length (East to West) and 900m across.
Museum of the Sea & prison where the man of the iron mask was held
And to finish our time in Cannes we walked around and enjoyed the scenery and sights.
Sandy beaches in Cannes...and this sand sculpture was pretty cool
Jedi Master Kalani
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We stayed at a Hotel in Nice, near the French Riviera for 3 nights. Again, the French Riviera was a place that I had heard about, but never thought that I would visit. We spent a whole day just enjoying Nice and it was nice!
Seafront of the city
A park above the city with cool features and a playground for the kids
We rode this train to see the sights and hear information about Nice...and no one had to carry a sleeping child
These two brave the cold and got in the water...they stayed there for a couple of hours
No sand to bury his sister in...so he used rocks (the only thing on the shores of Nice)
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After church in Italy, we loaded up the car and drove towards Nice, France. On the way we stopped at Monaco…”a Sunny Place for Shady People!” Monaco’s total area is 2.05 km2 (0.79 sq mi) and is famous for Monte Carlo Casino and The Grand Prix. We had a great time visiting the Monaco Oceanographic Museum (Jacques Cousteau’s Aquarium) and walking around the streets.
Monte Carlo...where some 35,000 people live
Grand Prix: one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world
The Oceanographic Museum in Monaco rises from the cliff side rock
Many personal items of Jacques Cousteau
Palace guard marching to his new location
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