My father-in-law is taking my kids to London and Paris. They are leaving July 26, arrive London July 27th, in the afternoon. They go to Paris either July 31st and fly back on August 4th.
Here is a list of the things my fil sez they *MUST* do while in Europe:
- Tour Big Ben
- Ride the London Eye
- Shop at Harrod’s
- See Westminster Abbey
- See the Changing of the Guard
- Tour Buckingham Palace
- See Trafalgar Square
- Shop at Covent Garden
- Go to Madame Tussand’s
- Spend a few hours at the Tower of London
- Take a cruise on the Thames
- Tour the Globe
- Tour Kensington Palace
- Tour the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Ride a double decker bus
- Ride the Tube
That’s just London. In Paris he wants to:
- Take a cruise on the Seine
- Take a sewer tour
- Tour Notre-Dame
- Tour the Louvre
- Visit Musee Grevin
- Tour the Sacre-Coeur
- See the Arc de Triomphe
- See the Place de la Concorde
- Go up in and tour the Eiffel Tower
- Tour Les Invalides
- Tour the Musee d’Orsay
- See the Pantheon
- Go to Chateau de Versailles
Yes, he wants to do all those things in the 3 days he has in each city. Worse yet, he doesn’t see any problem with this. His plan is to hire a mini van and driver in each city and have them act as tour guide. He’s paying no attention to what my kids want to do or see (or have already seen). He said in the email he sent earlier, “People will ask, ‘Where did you go, what did you see?’ and you *must* be able to say, ‘oh yes, I saw ___________.’” This isn’t about spending time with his grandkids. This isn’t about my kids. This is all about him having their dance card punched for all the correct tourist crap.
He asked me to design a tour for each city. He wants to do all the ‘important’ tourist stuff, as well as what the kids want to do. Or so he says. I bet, once he sees what I work up, he’ll shit can it and hire a tour company and have my kids go at a break neck pace day after day. They’ll have a meltdown by day two.
And it will all me by fault.
What I did over summer vacation: Had waaaay too much time on my hands and made gifsets to pass the time until my shows came back.
Remember when Spock quoted Sherlock in Star Trek, and he was mocked by a doctor.
Then Sherlock acted very vulcan, divorcing himself from emotions, and a doctor mocked him, calling him Spock.
Then Sherlock appeared in Star Trek.
Full circle indeed.
I laughed. He was probably right, but I didn’t expect him to try and prove it.
Suddenly, he leapt up and stagged down the aisle towards the driver. The next thing I knew, the coach had pulled over and half a dozen of us were marching up to a random front door.
“Are you sure about this, Tom?” I giggled.
“Oh yes,” he said, his face alive with mischief.
Then he rang the bell and we waited. To this day I will never forget the look on the woman’s face who answered.
“Hello, my dear,” said Tom in his most charming voice. “I’m the Doctor and this is Sarah. We wondered if we might be able to watch ourselves on your television tonight.”
—Elisabeth Sladen: An Autobiography (via aslanscompass)
Korean designers Je Sung Park and Woo Jung Kwon have developed an invisible umbrella that will keep you dry by repelling rain. Consisting of a simple plastic stick that creates an artificial wind at the top, the ‘umbrella’ deflects raindrops before they hit you by sucking in air at the bottom. The intensity of this wind-shield can be varied depending on weather condition and number of people sharing the device—the length of the stick is also adjustable.
MY DREAM FOR USING THE ELEMENTS MORE EFFICIENTLY IS COMING TRUE.
We as a society really need to stop romanticizing the idea of “needing” romantic partners and “not being able to live without them” because it is incredibly unhealthy and leads people to wind up in unhealthy situations of dependency or feeling dependent and not thinking to change that mindset because it seems romantic
can we please add that this is also not healthy for family members or for friends either?
Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees
“The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would look like. The University Heights, Rhode Island store removed all foods that are reliant upon the important pollinators, and it leaves a pretty slim selection; 52% of the produce department’s offerings would be pulled from shelves without bees around to help.”
It’s time we ‘bee’ mindful of their importance