Getting ready for France

Tomorrow morning we leave for our adventure to France.  We have two layovers one in Denver and the other in Montreal Quebec.  I wish now I had done an extended layover in Montreal so that we would have time to travel to see the city.  Oh well.

Bradford is going to park the car at Diamond Parking which means we need to leave by 5:30 a.m. We'll get off the plane in Paris at 9:35 a.m.  We are going to be surprising the kids with a private driver who will be waiting for us at the airport with a sign that says "Bradford Pack."  I decided that since we'll be so tired and lost, it'll be nice to have someone pick us up and take us directly to our apartment.  There we can rest a bit before getting subway passes and sim cards.

We are using Rick Steve's packing list for Europe.  He says that there are two kinds of European travelers, those who pack light and those who wish they did.  So we will be checking two bags, taking 3 carry-on and 4 personal items.  I think that is pretty good for a family of 4, 3 of whom will be staying for 7 weeks.  I'm sure we could pack even lighter if we weren't taking so much food.  I hope to keep a list of the things I packed that I didn't end up needing.  Because of Google Drive and our cell phones, there is much documentation we don't need to bring with us.  The only printout we'll need is the voucher for the private car.  Pretty amazing.

To help the kids feel like they are in control of this trip, I've asked them to give a list of what they want to see in Paris and outside of France.

Here are their lists.

Johnny’s Wish List
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Elysee Palace
  • National Museum of National History
  • That one Statue of Mom & Child (Madonna and Child in Bruge)
  • Concentration camps in Germany

Alice’s Wish List

  • Paris Opera House
  • Gardens in Zurich
  • Orlay Museum
  • Lock Bridge
  • La Du Pree
  • Turkish meat sandwich

We already have tickets for the Eiffel Tower for Tuesday, so I know we'll get that one done.  Keeping my fingers crossed on the rest.


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