|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on February 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM|
Before heading to the UK to participate in the house exchange with John & Jean, which incorporated our white Christmas in Germany, we decided that we would catch up with some very dear friends in the USA.
We had hoped to visit them in their home in Chicago but given the time of year they were going to be escaping the Chicago winter by heading to Miami. This meant for us a gentle rise in temperature, from a northern hemisphere winter before we arrived back home in Melbourne at the end of the summer.
We only had 5 days in Miami & spent the entire time catching up with Marty & Miriam. Our white Christmas in Germany was awesome but to be able to re-connect with M & M again was the highlight of our 3+ months away. We originally met M & M on the Royal Princess during a cruise that began in Stockholm & went to Russia, Estonia, Portugal, UK, Paris, Nice amongst others & ended in Italy in July 2008. We were stateroom neighbours. Despite the age difference between the four of us we 'just clicked' & had many, many funny times on the cruise. Hence our desire to meet up with them, regardless of location.
It was difficult to leave M & M in Miami & head to New Orleans but we know we will again catch up with them. Maybe they will find it opportune to visit us in Melbourne or us visit them in Chicago during their spring or summer. Who knows what the future holds.....
Well New Orleans was an experience like nothing we have experienced before. Unknown to us, when making our bookings for New Orleans, it was the 1st week of Mardi Gras. What a fantastic time to be there. We had so much fun & laughed so much it was a wonderful way to end our time away.
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