Sunday, January 10, 2010

Christmas Vacaction, 2009 - Day One

I don't even know where to start when it comes to blogging about our Christmas vacation. We put the kids in charge of planning events since we weren't willing to spend a truck-load of money on a trip and then hear somebody mutter, "We didn't do one thing I was interested in."

So, we caucaused and weighed time against budget against cool factor. Bottom line, we had some good times and made some great memories.

Traveling 1st class by rail ....

Heidelberg, Germany to Paris, France (1 day)
London, England (4 days)
Brussels, Belgium (1 day)
back home to Heidelberg.

In case you were watching the international news, the Chunnel underneath the English Channel had been shut down just days prior to our trip, but was open for limited service when we were scheduled to travel. Crowded, yes - but we made it through safely.

Arrive Gare de L'est
Check into hotel
Ste. Sulpice
Lunch on the Left Bank
Notre Dame
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe
Metro back to hotel

Platform leaving Heidelberg for Mannheim.

Platform leaving Mannheim going to Paris

Arrived in Paris

Gare de L'Est, Paris

Yes, it seemed like Paradise.

John standing on the balcony of our hotel room.

Ste. Sulpice (think, DaVinci Code)

Flower, Marie, Me - Love this picture.

Walking from Metro to Louvre

Louvre is closed on Tuesdays (we knew that), but wanted to get some pics.

Notre Dame - free guided tour in English. Suh-weeet.

Eiffel Tower as dusk. Spectacular.

In the lift on the way to the 1st deck of the Tower, of course we took another lift to the summit.

John, Jack, Flower, Joe, Marie

Arc de Triomphe
Paris with all my people at Christmas-time is definately where it's at.

1 comment:

  1. So fun! After reading this I said to (my) John "Wouldn't it be awesome to live like the Murphy's one day?" We're living through you and we're so glad you all are having these great experiences!