Two years ago my Dad came out for a visit and we traveled South to Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Southern Germany. The picture below is from Venice, Italy. We’re standing on the Rialto Bridge with the Grand Canal behind us! It was an amazing vacation, but we knew that before we left Europe, we had to head north to see France and the UK!
With my Dad back in town, I knew I had to take advantage of the free childcare! Dave and I never had a honeymoon. Heck, we never had a wedding. So we’re taking a little “us time” and heading to London! It’s a little harder to leave the kids with friends and neighbors when you have two kids (one a toddler) so I jumped on the chance to get away while Grandpa babysat! This gives my Dad a chance to spend some one on one time with the kids too… something he’s definitely been missing, especially since his last visit.
On the map below, we live where the green star is. The red stars are all the places to plan to visit over the next two weeks! Here’s where we’re headed:
- London, United Kingdom
- Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
- Paris, France & Disneyland Paris
- Trouville-sur-Mer, France
- Normandy, France
- Saint-Avold, France & Lorraine American Cemetery
Dave and I are starting with our mini honeymoon to London for 4 days! We’re planning to see all the main sights including Buckingham Pallace, the London Eye and the London Bridge. Of course, I’ll be stopping at The Hummingbird Bakery and any other bakeries I see along the way and will be making a full report of what I found when I get back!
After London, we’ll head back home for a two days to do a little laundry and pack for France!
On the way to France, we’re stopping at Ramstein Air Base (the star next to Frankfurt) to visit the NATO Headquarters and show my dad all the cool military stuff they have there.
Then it’s off to Paris for 4 days! But, not just Paris… DISNEYLAND PARIS! We’re staying four days in a Disney resort where the kids will get to play, go on rides and experience all the wonderful things that Disneyland Paris has to offer!
Of course, we’ll be heading into Paris as well. And yes… I’ll be stopping at all kinds of bakeries for macarons, pastries and cupcakes. Expect a full report on what I find in Paris when I get back!
After Paris, we’re driving up to the Northern Coast of France to stay in an apartment for 4 days. We’ll be enjoying the beach, relaxing, playing in the water and building sandcastles.
While in Northern France, we’ll head over to Normandy where they just celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day. My dad, being in the military for 20+ years and my husband are both looking forward to seeing this history first hand.
Finally, we’ll end our trip with a visit to the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint Avold, France where 10,894 American soldiers of WWII are buried. I’ve never been to a military cemetery of this size and I’m not quite sure how I’ll feel being there… but I am looking forward to the experience.
A lot of lives were lost during WWII… this will be my chance to pay my respects.
So… there won’t be any new recipes for the next two weeks. I know, you’ll miss me. But take this time to enjoy your own family and maybe take a mini vacation of your own! I feel so incredibly blessed to have the chance to travel Europe and see places in the world I never dreamed I’d be able to visit.
I’ll be back the second full week of July posting new recipes and sharing new content with you! Until then… Enjoy your summer!