Month: April 2016

Disney Paris

Bear with me as we interrupt this travelogue with a little bit of Disney! As I mentioned in my last post, when we were planning our year in France we did indeed promise the kids a trip to Disney Paris. A little background – we visited Disneyland in California in january 2014 and had a total blast. The kids were at the perfect age for that pure Disney magic — they were all-in believers, everything was so real to them. We all had a total blast. We started planning our year abroad very shortly after that trip. There was a lot to consider, a tonne of planning, research and logistics involved in living in France for the whole year, and we started talking about it with the kids right away. They were still in total post-Disney mode, asking to go back at least every few days. They were obsessed! France was not on their radar at all. So, in those early days of euro-planning, we were definitely guilty of dangling the Disney Paris carrot in front of their eager little noses. Fast forward …

Paris revisited

When we were planning our year in France, I somehow had this sort of impression that we would spend a lot of time in Paris. Like maybe a weekend every two months or so. After all, it was within just a couple hours’ reach. But after we got here and started to explore more of the Loire Valley, taking roadies out to the coast of Brittany and Normandy, it sort of faded into the background. France is so VAST and there is just so much to see. We have quite literally just scratched the surface as we approach the ten months’ mark of living here. There is practically a whole country we have left unseen. But this time, it seems, has been more about touching on many small places and seeing what we could, I suppose. Lingering where we wanted and moving on as we pleased. And of course we are living here, the kids in school and Derek working. We have done our best to travel as much as possible, but there are limits (unfortunately!). All the same, this past …