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Last days in Paris

We ventured out to see the Eiffel Tower at night, and took a macaron baking class. We had a wonderful trip and are excited to fly back home and reunite with the rest of our family!

Travel is wonderful and there is no place like home.

Musée Louvre

Walking around Montmartre district of Paris

Montmartre district has been a great place to stay in Paris.

We did some more walking today and passed through the red light district (ooh la la!) and Moulin Rouge, then through the gorgeous Montmartre cemetary. My friend told me a bunch of cats live in the cemetary and locals keep them fed. The cats were elusive but we had fun looking and spotted several. We also spotted them being fed in a hidden corner.

Next we strolled past Van Gogh’s home.

Then lunch and up through the artist’s corner next to Sacre Cœur.

Paris sight-seeing: eiffel tower, musée Rodin, Sacre Cœur

After a down day inside, we ventured out via metro to see some things. I get turned around often, so lots of extra walking and tired kids.

I was excited to see this Van Gogh, titled Pére Tanguy, because I used the painting as inspiration for a beginning painting class project this past winter.

My paintings… (super zoomed in because I forgot to take a closer photo)

The original…

Xander was too tired to go back out later for dinner, so just Simon and I went out and did some shopping. My friends told me I needed to sample the fancy little yogurts in jars, so I stocked up. My fav is lemon. Yum!

Train to Paris

We said goodbye to Kinsey and England and took the train to Paris!

The boys were starting to get homesick and travel fatigue, which can be seen in the photos. Ha!

Our flat entrance, and teeny tiny elevator. The flat is in the Montmartre district and has been decorated with the modern, space saver units. It is pretty posh!

My first entrée in Paris was apparently a hit because the boys kept stealing my potatoes au gratin side dish, and dipping everything in my duck sauce.

Local junk food sampling is always a hit with kids.

Bike tour of london

We spent our entire first day in London in bed, watching Netflix. I guess we needed a down day!

Day two was a bike tour. We navigated the Underground and had a wonderful, albeit rainy, time riding fat tire cruisers through the parks and around the royal buildings.

The clock tower was covered in scaffolding for repairs.

The tour guide used Simon as a prop to describe the torture, dissembowling, and quartering of those accused of treason.

Simon was thrilled to be picked out of the crowd but later told me the guy was pulling at his arms a little rough and gave him a playful slap upside the back of his head at the end.

Simon stopped into a barber shop on the way back to our accommodations.

England trip, days 6-7.

Kinsey had a celebratory meal out with family and friends for her birthday.

Then we said goodbye to Oscar (staying home with dad) and took a train to London with Kinsey.

England trip days 4-5: Pub, Bolsover Castle, and Bakewell.

Tooling around in our little rollerskate rental car, we drove through the countryside and visited some sites. But, not before our second big breakfast at our new favorite pub: The Green room.

Simon not so happy with his bacon butty he ordered on the first outing, but he was much happier with the Full English on the second try.

Bolsover castle: the boys did a quest to find all the hidden coins and trivia questions, filled in the answers, and received a giant chocolate coin when we exited through the gift shop.

Bakewell: a quaint little villiage with shops, cafes and nature.

Driving in the UK and Broadsworth Estate

More stuff around Sheffield, car rental and trip to Broadsworth estate and garden.

I rented a car and Kinsey directed while I nervously drove on the opposite side of the rode, shifted with my left hand, and navigated the ins and outs of the roundabout system they have. Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck…but did not cause an actual wreck. Whew!

Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, England

For our first full day in the UK, Kinsey took us to a local city animal park and lunch with her mom.