Wednesday, August 5, 2009

One of the most enjoyable activities during my trip to England were visits to the vast parks that stretched across London. Regent's Park, Kensington Gardens, and Hyde Park just to name a few. So I decided to focus my Digital Story on The Royal Parks. I hope you see how well maintained they are and how much I enjoyed spending time in them.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cruising on the Seine Digital Film

My first Digital Film made with Windows Movie Maker. I took this video on my last day in Paris. We took a wonderful boat ride on the Seine and the view was beautiful. Enjoy my masterpiece!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The London Paris Photo Album

Okay, so I created a really great photo album on Snapfish but there is a catch. When you upload photos to Snapfish, it automatically creates a simple photo album with just a cover but no captions or creative placement of pictures. You are able to share this album by either emailing the link, copying and pasting the link, or you can upload it to your blog (as you can see, I have done that below).

But you also have the option to create a much more artistic photo album with captions and fun picture placement (they would also love for you to order this for a small price). Unfortunately, when you create the more creative album, you can only copy and paste the link into your blog and after clicking on it, you click on the magnifying glass to get a better look (this is considered the print preview).

So you have two options to look at my photos. I prefer the more creative because I spent 3 hours on it and am quite proud of how it came out. Let me know what you think!

Option 1: Simple Slideshow
Then click on "Play Slideshow"

Option 2: Creative Photo Album
Remember, click on the magnifying glass to get a better look.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

I Missed Coach-N-Four

If you are not a local in the Fort Walton Beach area, then you probably have no idea what this blog post is about. While I was away, I really did embrace the culture of London and Paris, but there were a couple of things I missed about home. Coach-N-Four was one of those and I made sure to have dinner there the night after I returned.

Coach-N-Four is a local restaurant that has the best steak sauce (secret recipe) and a homemade dressing that you could use on everything (even good on steak fries). I always order the chopped steak with fries and of course a salad with homemade Parmesan Peppercorn. Although Coach-N-Four is not a five star restaurant, I think it is nice how they give you sorbet to cleanse your palate between courses. Very upscale!

So now that I am home, I think I'll appreciate the small things a little more! Stayed tuned for my final projects. All will be posted in the next two weeks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Goodbye Europe!

Welcome to my last post from Europe! I will have some additional posts when I get home to Florida and more pictures so please stay tuned. Like I mentioned earlier, the connection is very slow at our hotel so I have been unable to post photos. But that will all change over the weekend. Also, I will have some projects that will be posted by August 6 that detail more of my trip and you will be able to see some of the Web 2.0 applications I have learned in these classes. Believe me, this has been school and not a vacation. Okay, so maybe a bit of vacation!

Today was my last day in Paris and it was a perfect ending. I was able to visit Notre Dame and it is just as beautiful as I pictured it. I am so glad I had the opportunity to visit some of the churches in Europe, such as Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Later in the day we took a cruise on the Seine and saw the city from an entirely new view. I took a lot of video and you will be able to see that in some of my future projects. We then ended the evening with an authentic French dinner complete with live music from two fabulous musicians.

Packing is next on my list and I will be heading to the airport at 8 am tomorrow morning. This has been a wonderful experience and the only thing that would have made it better is if I could have brought all of my family and friends with me. And my sweetheart! Anyone up for a European vacation!

Au revoir and see you all soon!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Meeting The Lizard King

Although most people would find visiting a cemetery a morbid day trip, our entire class enjoyed the visit to Pere Lachaise, one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, and of course Jim Morrison, are buried there.

The first thing to know about this cemetery is its sheer size. You could spend hours just wandering through and looking at the old and new. In the couple of hours that we had, I was able to visit Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Although it is tradition to kiss Oscar Wilde's monument while wearing lipstick, I did not do that, nor do I think it is a good tradition. I found it very gaudy and the monument in my opinion would look a lot better without all the kisses!

We then traveled by Metro to Montmarte where we snapped pictures of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. I was interested in visiting this since we arrived because I recall seeing the hill it is situated on when I was at the Eiffel Tower.

Tomorrow is my last day in Paris and we will be taking a cruise down the Seine. Then most of us will be heading home, although a few are continuing their travels in Europe!

Until tomorrow...