I was going to try to craft some narrative here, winding up to the big reveal: I AM TAKING THE CHILDREN TO FRANCE, but ever since buying les billets (tickets, I think, or maybe brochures) I can’t form normal sentences. I wind up flapping my arms and shimmying and FRANCE FRANCE FRANCE.
This October, I and three international children of mystery, coming to a France near you. Ages 4, 8, 10, and I Beg Your Pardon, Sir, a Lady Does Not Reveal Her Age.
Because there was a fare sale, and a couple of friends avec floor space, and just enough in the slush fund to go do something amazing, we are going to spend two weeks in Paris, Lyon, and the surrounding areas.
Now I am no le spring chicken when it comes to France: I spent a formative four days in Paris in 1997, just enough time to try on some comical hats and become obsessed with going back. I may or may not have allowed my nostalgia to cloud my judgment when purchasing intercontinental airfare for a child who just graduated from diapers, but what’s life for if not adventures?
I ask you now, readers, to help me find non-frumptastic travel-friendly clothing, activities for small children on the airplane, the perfect carry-on, all at rock-bottom prices. Or really, I just posted this to say: FRANCE!
I was thinking about investing in a travel vest , per The Catholic Traveler, but…I am uncertain. It seems extremely efficient for being hands-free to grab the kids’ hands, but at the same time perhaps lacks the je ne sais quois I am seeking as I procrastinate by googling “best shoes Europe travel” and “scarf France.”
Do I speak French? Do I speak French? I am not even going to dignify that question with un answer because…I speak just enough French to remember random words when I’m trying to speak Spanish, and vice versa. This may or may not pose unique challenges abroad. I am counting on the peanut gallery to provide distraction:
The one majorly crummy thing is that my husband won’t be able to join us this time, but who knows: we may just have to go back next year!
That is, if we are not banned from air travel after this little experiment.