Friday, August 17

Tell me about your trip to Europe?

Have you been?

How long ago were you there?

What did you do?

What was the best thing about your trip?

What was the worst?

Did you travel with children?

As many of you know, my husband will be eligible for an 8-week sabbatical this year. We managed to save over 300,000 frequent flier miles and we just booked reservations to Europe for 3-weeks ( June-July 2008). We initially planned to spend the majority of our time in Italy, but we were not able to get flights to Italy. Currently we fly into Paris and return from Heathrow Airport in London. We can still work our way to Italy through Ryan Air or we can just settle into France.

I'm not sure what we should do. I would love advice and suggestions.
At this point our tentative schedule is to arrive in Paris:
Spend days 1-3 in Paris
Travel by Train to Beaune in Burgundy
Spend 10 nights in Burgundy (we found this lovely rental
I should mention that our babysitter will be joining us for the first two weeks. She will watch our son 50% of the time. While we are in Burgundy, my husband and I will take two 3-night excursions - by foot, bicycle or train to nearby villages. Our sitter with remain with our son in the rental house.
After two weeks, our sitter will leave and we have a week to travel on our own. Should we stay in France? Go to England? Amsterdam? Belgium? Germany? Italy? The options are endless. Should we even stay in France at all or just hop on a Ryan Air flight to Italy, etc.?
Please comment if you have ideas or suggestions. I'll keep you posted as our planning progresses. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I'm not really a Europe person, but I thought you'd like to see this post:


mix master mommy said...

i've spent a ton of time in france and have only had amazing experiences. of course i was in college and happy to sleep on the floor of the train station.
i would be happy to rendez-vous for coffee and share my fav spots.
i'm tres jealouse!

Cheryl Olson said...

My husband and I traveled to Europe in 2005 with our son Zack, who was 15 months at the time. We brought my sister to help out. We spent 5 days in Paris and 3 days in London.

Zack enjoyed the Eiffel Tower, as well as the parks, picnics and riding public transportation in both countries.

The best thing about our trip was actually going to Paris to see the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, which were things we had only dreamed about. Zack didn't go to the museum. The worst thing about our trip is it wasn't long enough.

We have only had successes in traveling with Zack. I think the few fits and getting sick have hardly had an impact. Zack also went to Mexico in May 2007 and Belize in May 2008.

Let me know if you would like more detail. Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned.