After two weeks and a few days we were in Frankfurt ready to come home. And we were ready. Unlike other vacations where we aren’t ready to come home, we were ready. We loved our trip and had a great time, but after 18 nights you start to miss your own bed. And you, well at least us, start to miss your own coffee!
Exploring the Alsace Region of France
We spent several days driving around and touring the small towns and villages that make up the Alsace and the Alsace’s Route de Vin. As with Colmar, these are filled with half-timbered buildings, shops, charm, and restaurants and cafes. One of the first villages we visited was Eguisheim.
A Visit to Colmar: French Food, Country Charm — and the Statue of Liberty!
Visiting Colmar was the reason we started planning this trip. I had been to the Alsace area and stayed in the Colmar area a few times as kid when we lived in England. Sometimes when my dad had to travel to Colmar we’d all come along.
A Day of Remembrance in Verdun
Our first trip once we reached eastern France’s Alsace region was out of the region to Verdun. My husband loves history, which means we found ourselves setting off on a three hour drive to Verdun from our French home base of Strasbourg.
Before We Wandered Europe We Had to Get There
The European adventure begins! We were off on our longest trip ever – and one we planned for over a year!
While I was Wandering I Ate
As I sorted through vacation photos to make a photo book I realized how much food and drinks are a central part of our travels and life.
The French Adventure Ends
After finishing up our day at Disneyland Paris we were bound for the Charles de Gaulle airport area. Since we had an early morning flight the next day and knowing we had to be at the airport early we opted to stay at the airport the night before we left.
On our way back into Paris from Chartres our GPS routed us by Disneyland Paris. We live in Florida and are Walt Disney World annual passholders and fans, and have been to Disneyland in California. We felt this was a sign we were meant to add one more Disney park to our list of places to visit!
Walking in the Cathedral we were in awe of the beautiful stained glass the surrounds the Cathedral. After touring Notre Dame in Rouen and sites in Normandy our first question was how did all of this delicate stained glass survive WWII bombings? We found the answer in our guidebook - the glass was removed in 1939 before the war and reinstalled after the war. How forward looking and lucky.
Château de Chenonceau
We visited on a Saturday morning, and knowing this would be a popular day we arrive just as the Château was opening. We pretty much had it with minimum fellow travelers for the first hour of our visit. We were able to take many people-free photos inside and outside of the Château.