We are back in Wisconsin after an amazing trip to France. We absolutely loved France, but are happy to come back to the comforts of home.
We left on 5/26 at 5:45 pm and arrived in Paris 5/27 at 9:00 am. The flight went really well and Kellen was a gem. I followed advice from follow parents and came armed with books, toys, games, new apps and food. I found that Kellen was happiest with different foods and new books.....I think I read Red Truck 50 times on the flights, but I had a happy child!
Upon arrival, we got our rental car and headed to Gif-sur-Yvette to our home, Le Moulin
. The property is managed and held by Landmark Trust. We have stayed in a few Landmark properties in England and this was lovely. I highly recommend trying one if you enjoy historical properties and would like something different than a hotel. We were traveling with my parents, sister, sister's boyfriend, aunt and cousin and the space was perfect for us.
After a few days, Ron and I (Kellen stayed with my parents) headed to Normandy. We stayed at Arromanches-les-Bains on Gold Beach. I previously traveled to Normandy, but this was on Ron's bucket list for a long time. While in Normandy we visited the D-Day landing beaches, D-Day landing museum on Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Pegasus Bridge, Bunkers, Bayeaux and Claude Monet's home and gardens. We were very moved by everything we saw and felt like we only scratched the surface. We enjoyed delicious meals (I will do a post on the food next) and ended our evening a a small old style pub (the only one in town) with our two Irish drinking buddies.
After Normandy, we returned to Le Moulin for a few days before heading to Paris. In Paris, we stayed in an apartment a few blocks from the Louvre right next to Tuileries Gardens. Paris was fantastic and was absolutely beautiful. We spent the day walking and sightseeing. Kellen enjoyed looking at the paintings in the art museums (especially the flowers and cats), and taking in the fresh air. We saw the Eiffel Tower (a few times- best was at night for the light show), Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, Notre Dame, Lock Bridge and Champs Elysees. There was so much more to see, but we only had a few days and needed to be selective. I really wish we had a chance to do a river boat cruise, but maybe next time!
This week I am getting back into the swing of cooking. It was so odd not to cook for two weeks (and kinda nice)! This week we are getting back into our routine, but have a few fun things planned. We are having a picnic at work and have our first summer volleyball game. I am also going to Milwaukee with my very good friend to help her at a fundraiser for her State Assembly campaign. This weekend is not set in stone because I wanted to let Ron pick what we were going to do since it is Father's Day.
Have a great week! More to come on the trip later!
Here is what is on tap:
Monday: Blue Cheese Topped Pork Chops
, Buttered Parsley Potatoes and Green Beans
Tuesday: Sandwiches with Co-Workers at the Wildlife Sanctuary
Wednesday: Out for Volleyball
Thursday: Fundraiser in Milwaukee
Friday: Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Spinach
Saturday: Out for Dinner with Family
Sunday: Brunch at S.A.LT. and Grilled Steak with Bearnaise
, American Fries, Grilled Asparagus and Grilled Corn. Dessert will be brownies of some type