Even though our trip is 5 1/2 months away, I still like to get my planning on. I like the kids to look over updated travel books to pick out places they'd like to visit, things they'd like to see. And since it's been over 9 years since I've been to London and 5 to Paris I could use a refresher myself. I like to buy updated books for wherever we go. It serves as a good reference when I flag pages and take notes. Helps to fill in the memories.
Right now the plan is 8 days away, 3 in Paris the rest in London. I can't wait to blow up my Instagram feed with pictures of our trip. I'm sure you can't wait either! ;-)
Lately I've been teaching them a little french, and a little British English (Banger and Mash anyone?). They love it, think it's hilarious that a car hood is a bonnet and a trunk is a boot. Maybe Maddy and I will take a day and speak in British accents while we're there, see what the locals think.
While I've made it a priority to travel with the kids (they've been to France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Gibraltar, Spain and now UK), I want them to be appreciative of the gift they're being given. The gift of other cultures, new food and exciting things to see. I never made it to Europe until my husband and I took a month (!!) when I was 27. I've made it a point to go back as often as possible ever since. Side note: How on earth did Type A me take a month off of work? I have no idea. He must have sedated me along the way.
So stay tuned for our spring trip, we can hardly wait!