Part 1 of 5
Last week my mom was in town. We putzed around Germany for most days, but over the 3 day weekend we took a trip to France. **I feel obliged to mention here how incredibly awesome my husband is for literally taking my place for three full days while I got to have fun exploring. He did laundry, made pumpkin spice french toast for the kids, took the kiddos shopping and the house was totally spotless when I came home! I am one lucky girl!**
Anyway on to the trip details. We packed A LOT in three days. Can Paris and Normandy be done in 3 days? Well yes, but I wouldn’t exactly recommend it. There were a few hiccups. I umm drove on the wrong side of the road in Normandy. Got a speeding ticket on the way to the train station in Germany. Oh and we missed our train from Normandy to Paris. Oops. But when you don’t have kids in tow these things aren’t such a big deal. As the french would say, cest la vie!
For this trip I did a lot of journaling. I bought a kindle book, Globejotting by Dave Fox, a few months back that has some great tips for travel journaling and it really helped me in trying to capture and remember each experience. In addition to snapping a gazillion pictures I wrote down little bits and pieces that to me stood out and since there are so many different ideas I captured I plan to do a “mini series”. It was only a 3 day trip, but we packed in so much in two very incredible places that I have a lot of different things I experienced.
For this post I’ll just highlight some of my favorites overall:
Sheep Herding in Normandy
Our first night in Normandy we were in the midst of enjoying one of the best meals I’ve ever had when….
My mom glanced out the window and noticed a whole herd of sheep walking in the street. They must have been bringing the sheep in for the night because the next morning the sheep were being led back to the fields. It was one of those moments were it really felt like we were somewhere very different.
Seeing Mont St. Michele for the First Time
Mont St Michele is personally one of my favorite sites I’ve visited thus far. It was a culmination of senses to explore this extraordinary church.
Being in a place were so many young souls sacrificed their lives is raw. It’s humbling. It’s thought provoking and it will change the way you feel and think about war and our military and what it means to be an American.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower
It was a very soggy day in Paris, but an umbrella is just another accessory for a girl in the city of lights! It sure does look tiny in this picture, but when you see it in person it’s huge! It’s gorgeous.
Eating Chipotle in Paris
You read that right! Chipotle was a highlight for me on this trip just like it was a highlight when I went to London. It reminds me of home.
Next I’ll share some tips I learned for planning a trip to Normandy and Paris. What to pack. Where to stay. How to get around. What to see. And how to set up a good itinerary.