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!
A lot happened in 2014. We worked hard, and played hard. Had a lot of fun with the girls and accomplished some personal goals. I was chosen as a Busch Gardens blogger ambassador. I ran my 4th Half Marathon. We enjoyed summer to the fullest with vacation, theme parks and a cargo bike! Here’s a little recap of what we’ve been up to.
Back in August I came across the opportunity to be part of a blogger journal swap through Nancy from Neatly Packaged and Lisa from Adventures from a Dream Catcher. The chance to meet a new blogger seemed like a good idea so I signed up.
To my surprise, I was paired up with Kate from relokate. Kate is a British expat living in Germany. She quit her job and decided to travel the world. I love reading her blog posts about her frequent travels. Prior to this Journal Swap, I did not know about Kate’s blog. The funny thing is that we’ve been planning a trip to Europe for next year. We visited Europe during our honeymoon and made a promise to return ten years later. One of the cities we are planning on visiting is Paris.
I believe in coincidences or faith, whatever you want to call it. So, to be paired up with a travel blogger in Europe who ends up sending me a journal with Paris on it just made it that more special. I’ll keep you posted on our travel plans. But for now, go check her blog and tell her hi for me!