Oui, we’re going to Paris (and Tours and London and Brussels)! We leave next Friday and absolutely, positively cannot wait. Other than our mini Vegas trip, it’s our first vacation since the honeymoon. We don’t have much planned other than where we’re staying; we’re going to try to wing it on suggestions for the most part (so if you have any, let us know).
We fly into London Heathrow and spend all of Saturday and Sunday there. Our plane tickets were “free;” we were able to purchase them with airline miles Kevin earned flying for work. Our first night of our hotel in London was also “free,” bought with Hilton points. Our hotel on the corner of Trafalgar Square within a short walk of a tube station. I can’t wait to go shopping while we’re there!
We leave London bright and early on day 3 and head through the chunnel towards Brussels, Belgium. We’re only staying here one night (at the Novotel). At the risk of sounding touristy, I’ll admit we’re really only going to Belgium for one thing: Belgian Ale. Kevin can’t wait to get his hands on a Grimbergen.
We’re up and on the train early again on Day 4, this time headed for Tours, France. We’re renting a car here and driving to a bed an breakfast in the Loire Valley. I’m so excited for this part of our trip. Our bed and breakfast, Moulin du Mesnil, is absolutely breathtaking and perfectly located. The owner, Yvonne, has already booked reservations for our dinner at the best local restaurants while we’re there. We’ll be spending our days touring the area’s incredible chateaux and visiting some of the local wineries.
On day 6 we’re driving to Paris, stopping at anything interesting we find along the way. While in Paris, we’re staying at the Hôtel Thérèse, near the Louve and Tuileries. Much like London, we don’t have anything planned for Paris (so if you have suggestions, let us know).
It’s a whirlwind trip, but we’re so excited it’s getting a little ridiculous. I’ve already started our packing list. With all the moving about, we’re definitely going to need to pack light (and save room for all the shopping I plan on doing). We’ve been practicing our picture taking skillz and even bought a new telephoto lens. We’re hoping to get some great shots to go into a gallery wall of our travel photos in our dining room (more on that project later). We’ve interviewed our doggy babysitter (we’re trying an in-home dog walker this time and leaving our girls to guard the LH) and started to dig some of our travel gear out of the attic. We’re systematically doing laundry and saving back everything we want to wear and I’m wearing new (adorable Puma) walking shoes right now to try to break them in.
7 days and counting!
What do you do to prepare for a big vacation? Any tips for packing light? Any suggestions for what to do (and more importantly, where to eat/drink) in London, Brussels, or Paris? We’re all ears!