Paris in December

When I originally started thinking about visiting Paris, I had spring in mind. Seeing the sights with mild temperatures, beautiful blooming gardens, and before the crowds of summer vacation sounded perfect. When I started looking at my vacation days from work however, the two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day jumped out as the…

First Trip to Europe, Day 11 – London

For the last full day of our vacation, we booked a day trip to London with Golden Tours. The tour included roundtrip transportation on the Eurostar train and a fully guided tour of London. The description said we would visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, witness the changing of the guard at…

Just a Few Quick Updates

I know it has been ages (months) since my last entry about our trip to Europe. I haven’t forgotten and I assure you I’m still planning to finish the trip blog. My feelings about our day trip to London weren’t very positive, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out how to write about it.…

First Trip to Europe, Part 8 – Strasbourg

We wanted to see the astronomical clock presentation at mid-day, which requires being in line before 11:30am. We didn’t want to leave the hotel too early, as nothing really opens very early anywhere in France. Once we were all dressed and ready, we walked around near the hotel looking for a bakery for breakfast. There…

First Trip to Europe, Day 7 – Paris to Strasbourg

Words don’t do justice to Strasbourg, so this post is going to be very image heavy! We got up and finished packing our bags and checked out of the hotel pretty early that morning. We had to navigate the metro (lots of up and down stairs) with all our luggage to Gare de l’est in…