Let’s not forget Brussels. On our way from Paris to Amsterdam, we decided to stop in Brussels for a few days. Having never been there before, it seemed like a good idea. Brussels was different. When we got out of the train station we clearly had no clue where to go. We did notice right away more English was spoken. After weighing our options and getting our bearings, we found the taxis.
This summer we had the opportunity to travel to Europe. You see, back in 2004, we visited Europe for the first time and made a promise to return in ten years. Fast forward to 2015, eleven years later, we made good on that promise with our summer vacation to Europe. On the travel log: Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
This was our first time visiting Paris and Brussels. We loved Amsterdam during our Honeymoon, but felt we didn’t get enough of it the first time around. Ok, so on to Paris. We loved it. We wondered around the city, stopping for coffee, panini, and wine. It was fun. So much fun, that I can’t wait to come back.
We were supposed to arrive in Paris around noon time. However, Delta changed our flight to go through Atlanta instead of Boston. This meant, we arrived in Paris about two hours later than originally planned. Not a big deal, except we had planned a tour for the Eiffel Tower through Fat Bike Tours. I immediately panicked. However, I notified the company via email and Facebook about our flight delay. Luckily, they were able to accommodate us on a different day. More about that later.
FYI- most restaurants in Paris do not serve food between 3 and 6 pm. However, they are open for drinks. So, after walking around for a while, we decided to indulge and start living like a Parisian. Our first dinner in Paris was amazing. It was in a tiny little restaurant off the main roads. Thanks to Yelp! we found Bistrot de L’oulette. I ordered the fish, Jim ordered the beef and we ordered duck for the girls.
After a full belly, it was time to explore Paris before bedtime. Remember, we just arrived a few hours later. We ventured over to the Palace de Voges area. Saw some soldiers with heavy machinery. I don’t think the girls even noticed. We just kept walking by towards our hotel.
Stay tuned for my next post: Day two in Paris!
Normally during the summer months we attempt to visit a new beach on this side of our coast or at least make it to Anna Maria Island. This summer we knew we would be staying at the beach for our vacation, so instead we decided to visit Florida’s Springs. Lithia Springs has been on our list ever since we moved to Plant City. I’ve been waiting for Piper to get a little bigger so she wouldn’t be scared of the cold water. In case you’ve never been, the water remains at 72 degrees all year long. In other words, its freezing. At least to me, they are…
Disclaimer: I was given four admission tickets by Busch Gardens, free of charge in exchange for this review through their partnership with MomCentral. All opinions are mine based on my experience. I was not compensated monetarily for this review.
Visiting Busch Gardens was part of our “summer fun” bucket list. We decided to go yesterday despite the light rain in the morning. The weather forecast had indicated scattered showers, but really its August in Florida, which means afternoon showers are a given. As we got closer to Tampa, the rain seemed to get a bit stronger, but we were determined and we were not turning around. Once we got to the park, the rain had stopped and blue skies were all around us! We decided to pay the extra $5 for preferred parking just in case we had to leave the park in a hurry due to inclement weather. Coming to the park, I had not printed my tickets, so I went to the window and showed my email ticket confirmation to the attendant. She instructed me to head directly to the entrance where the tickets could be scanned directly from my phone. I’m so used to having paper tickets, and then having to carry them all day. I was very happy I wouldn’t have to do that today.