Monday, September 21, 2009

Business Trip to the UK

Rob and I were lucky enough to travel together on our last business trip to the UK.
We were gone a total of 11 days, splitting our time between our home away from home in Godalming and the International Sales meeting in Paris, France.

While we were away the girls enjoyed a few days with Nana and Pa before Grammie Ellie flew up from Florida to spend the week with the girls.
Everyone had a fabulous time!

As part of the Sales meeting, our VIP outing was a dinner cruise in Paris.

Along the river we saw 12 different sites including the Eiffel Tower,

All glitzed up at 11pm for the end of our trip!

and La Statue de la Liberte (Statue of Liberty- a copy of the American Statue of Liberty, given to the city in 1889 to celebrate the French American Friendship)

Dinner included:
Roasted Angus Beef and Caramelised Shallott with Bordelaise Sauce for Rob

Pan fried Fillet of Guild Head Bream with Grenoble Style Dressing for Aliza
Aka Fish in white sauce- very yummy if you took the olive garnish off

Traditional sides of mashed potatoes, Ratatouille, and artichokes and onions in a creamy garlic sauce

And finallly, Pudding
White Peach Melba with Caramelised Almonds for Aliza

and Crepes Suzette with Raspberry Butter for Rob

Between courses we ventured out onto the back deck with "Uncle" Gary (our US sales guy and travel companion) for a closer view of the sites.

It was from there that we saw the beautiful cathedral of Notre Dame

You could even catch a glimpse of the gargoyles.

Our boat cruising companions include members of the HGL France, HGL UK, HGL Germany and HGL US teams.

It was an evening full of smiles and good memories.

Our events of our trip included:

A visit with Madi's best friend Roni- who is proudly displaying her pillow name she had requested I make.

A Saturday afternoon to wander around London again

Our wandering took us from the South Bank with a view of the London Eye,

Past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and the Underground

Around Buckingham palace with a quick photo op with the guards

A rest in St James Park on the lawn

Walking under the shade of the big trees

Past another set of guards (sadly this trip they had them barricaded off and thus I was not able to stand directly beside the guard as I had before)

Through the arches

Down Oxford Street, a quick stop at Trafalgar Square before we went to meander around Covent Gardens

We also each enjoyed a evening out with friends (For Me: Pizza Express for Lisa's birthday and Rob a curry night)

It was a fab trip and we hope to return real soon.