Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 3

Today was what the kids call a ‘do nothing’ day. They would argue that we don’t have enough of them – these are our days to relax with no specific agenda. Since today we are still at our Marriott vacation club, it offered some options. In the morning, the kids took themselves to the Kid’sContinue reading “Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 3”

Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 2

Hmmm…how did we come to choose this particular French town as a stop for our European Adventures you wonder? Simple. We spent the day at Disneyland Paris. Instead of walking miles seeing history, nature or culture, we rode rides, ate junk food and overall had a great time. And of course walked miles back andContinue reading “Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 2”

Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 1

This morning we did our normal ‘packing up to go’ routine. Tiffany does a lot of the packing, Brian usually makes breakfast and cleans out the fridge/ cleans the kitchen. Today’s effort was sized to the kitchen – which in our little kitchen was not very big. We traveled out of Paris today but lessContinue reading “Bailly-Romainvilliers, France; Day 1”

Paris, France; Day 7

We have walked 34 miles (54 km) here in Paris this past week. Some of our walking today happened in front of and on top of masterpieces. And CreeperPuppy successfully tied his own shoe at Monsieur Eiffel’s iron masterpiece. We began the day by a return trip to the Jardin des Tuileries. The adults wantedContinue reading “Paris, France; Day 7”

Paris, France; Day 6

We enjoyed our quiet Friday. We put a pause on most of the touristy stuff to do some normal life type things – Paris style of course. The first stop was the Laverie to get some clean clothes. Our apartment is quite small so it doesn’t come with a washing machine. A short walk solvedContinue reading “Paris, France; Day 6”

Paris, France; Day 5

We had an All-American day which was only disrupted by a kind French woman seeking directions. The kids have consistently said that they miss breakfast the most. They missed the concept of eggs and toast while we were in Asia and Africa. They missed morning pork badly when we were in the UAE, Egypt andContinue reading “Paris, France; Day 5”

Paris, France; Day 4

Today’s big Adventure took us to the Musée du Louvre. The forecast called for rain and we got a little damp on the way to the Metro. This experience just reinforced our pleasure at the plan for the day which was to spend time inside an old palace with hundreds of fabulous pieces of art.Continue reading “Paris, France; Day 4”

Paris, France; Day 3

We wanted to enjoy being Parisians for a day by staying in our neighborhood and investigating local parks and restaurants. We are staying in a small apartment near the historic Le Marais area. We almost made it down to the Seine yesterday before tiring so we decided that this would be a good goal forContinue reading “Paris, France; Day 3”

Paris, France; Day 2

On the first day in a new place we try to walk around to get oriented and to see some sights. Paris is much bigger than many of the places that we’ve been to but we still wanted to spend most of our day on foot. To start, however, we took our first Metro ride.Continue reading “Paris, France; Day 2”

Paris, France; Day 1

Today was primarily a travel day as we left the French Alps for the capital city of Paris. In order to get there, we returned to Geneva and caught a high speed train which delivered us to the Gare de Lyon in a little over 3 hours. The kids haven’t had a tremendous amount ofContinue reading “Paris, France; Day 1”

Chamonix, France; Day 5

Our last day in Chamonix started with bright spring sunshine and stayed that way all day. We were very pleased since our plans included going back into the nearby mountains for some high altitude Adventures. This time our mode of transport was a cog wheel train that took us up 2,900 feet of altitude inContinue reading “Chamonix, France; Day 5”

Chamonix, France; Day 4

We decided today that we would get outside into the beauty of this valley regardless of the weather conditions. And to start, we were rewarded with sunshine and mild temperatures. We chose to pursue the objectives of an orienteering course which runs though Chamonix. There are 20 stations deployed throughout the valley area. An orienteerContinue reading “Chamonix, France; Day 4”

Chamonix, France; Day 3

Some rainy days you adjust your plans and stay inside. Today we decided to do what we wanted to do despite the weather. Our hope today was to get a closer look at the second of the ‘Seven Summits’ that we’ve been near during this trip. These are the tallest mountains on each of theContinue reading “Chamonix, France; Day 3”

Chamonix, France; Day 2

Our accommodations here in Chamonix are appropriately befitting a ski town. There is a large ski locker room in the basement whose flooring is thick rubber mats to cushion the blows of hard ski boots. The interior walls are all knotty pine and threadbare carpet. There is an indoor pool and a pair of saunas.Continue reading “Chamonix, France; Day 2”