Disneyland Paris

After living almost three years in Germany, we had done our fair amount of traveling. I think we hit something like 13 countries, not too shabby! Our last big trip before returning to the U.S. was Disneyland Paris. This wasn’t on our original “European Bucket List” and the well-seasoned traveler in me is a little … Continue reading Disneyland Paris

Chamonix

We spent a long weekend in the French Alps in 2014.  Along with two other couples, we stayed in a little chalet in a small town just outside Chamonix, France.  The drive down took around 6 hours.  Our route took us down through Switzerland and around Lake Geneva (which was beautiful).  The nighttime drive up the … Continue reading Chamonix

Chateau Villandry

These pictures were actually from our stay in Caen, but I forgot to post them in that entry…oops!  I had to share though because I’ve never seen anything like this.  We went to eat at an Italian restaurant, and Hubby ordered a pasta dish with some sort of cheese sauce.  When they brought the food out, they … Continue reading Chateau Villandry

Chateau Chenoceau

The next morning, we set out in the rain again to see the 3rd most visited chateau in France after Versailles and Fontainebleau.  This chateau is so unique because it spans across a river.  Chateau Chenoceau was given by King Henry II to his mistress.  Upon his death his wife Catherine de Medici (of the … Continue reading Chateau Chenoceau

Chateau Cheverny

The weather turned south on us by the time we got to the next chateau.  But, we couldn’t let a little rain stop us!  This chateau is actually still a residence for a French viscount and his family.  Not too shabby! What makes this chateau special is that it is also home to over 100 … Continue reading Chateau Cheverny

Chateau Chambord

We left the beaches of Normandy for the chateaus of the Loire Valley.  We drove several hours and through lots of tolls, until we finally arrived at Chateau Chambord.  It’s the largest in the Loire Valley with over 400 rooms, almost 300 fireplaces, and 80 staircases.  It was a “hunting lodge” originally for King Francios … Continue reading Chateau Chambord

Caen & Mont St. Michel

Our last day in Normandy we spent between 2 places, the Caen Memorial and Mont St. Michel.  The Caen Memorial is a museum detailing World War II.  It is an encapsulating museum, we could’ve easily spent all day in there.  There were informative films, and expansive exhibits about almost every part of the war you … Continue reading Caen & Mont St. Michel

Normandy

The next day was spent visiting different World War II sites.  First stop was Arromanches, the site of Port Winston.  We had never heard of this before but it is really interesting and impressive.  When the British and Americans were planning the invasion on D-Day, they knew that they would need a way to bring … Continue reading Normandy

Honfleur

Last month we were able to get away for about a week to France.  We have been trying to do trips where we’re able to drive because it’s so much easier to be able to pack as much as you want rather than worry about baggage restrictions on an airplane.  We started out on a … Continue reading Honfleur

Our Last Day in Paris

After two marathon days of sightseeing, we were ready to slow down for our last day.  Our first stop was a short metro ride over to the Arc de Triomphe.  It sits at one end of the famous Champs Elysees.  Right when we got off the metro we saw something both really scary and interesting. … Continue reading Our Last Day in Paris

Paris (And another bike Tour)

That’s right everybody, it’s time for another episode of “see Europe by bike.”  But seriously, it’s a fun, fast way to see all the highlights.  We went with Fat Tire Bike Tours this time, and they are no small operation.  We met under the Eiffel Tower and there were close to 40 people there for … Continue reading Paris (And another bike Tour)

Eiffel Tower & Sacre Coeur

Going to Paris in August was fabulous.  There is one major perk to driving there this time of year…street parking is free on most streets!  This is normally unheard-of in Paris.  Parking in the city is typically very expensive, so we were very happy that we were able to park near our hotel on the … Continue reading Eiffel Tower & Sacre Coeur

Champagne Region Revisited

Now it was time for the big hurrah of my family’s visit, a long weekend in Paris.  But to break up the drive a little, we stopped in Reims to give our visitors a little taste of the bubbly.  This time we visited the Mumm Champagne House.   Everybody’s favorite part of the tour… the tasting! … Continue reading Champagne Region Revisited