Wrong Addresses, Sparkling Lights, and Rats: Paris Part 1

Paris! Oh la la! (Pronounced "oh," not "ooooh.") Our final three days of the Family trip to Spain and France concludes in Paris. There are so many iconic sights that I saved this city for last. The grand finale, if you will. We visit the Arc de Triomphe, our first sight. I lead my family... Continue Reading →

Day Trip to Normandy

Because Americans (like my husband) don't blink at a 3.5 hour drive both ways in one day, we decide to "zip" up to Normandy from Paris. We get into our rental car and cruise to the Northwest coast to recall the final days of World War II. My sister-in-law recommended the audio book The Longest... Continue Reading →

A Not-So-Little-Mountain-Village in France

I try to prepare my kids for the town of Tarbes. I had been to this town twenty-five years ago, but like many memories that have blurred over the years, I can’t remember how big the town actually is. Having just come north into France from big cities in Spain—Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona—I know that... Continue Reading →

Secret Handshakes in Medieval France

We leave Spain on a high-speed train to cross the border into Perpignan, France. We have a rental car reserved at a nearby airport. During the solid twenty-minute cab ride to the “nearby” airport, when I explain (in French, as our driver only speaks French) that we are headed to Toulouse, he strongly suggests we... Continue Reading →

Anticipation

“The tickets are booked!” My hubs shouted. We high-fived over the laptop. We had finally booked our airline tickets to France and Spain for this summer’s big family trip. We had been poring over travel dates, video chatting, WhatsApp-ing, and emailing with friends in Spain and France, double-checking dates, and verifying airplane fares. A large... Continue Reading →

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