Going to France as a family for the first was a great adventure. Leading to our departure we were all very excited about the trip. Kris and I had gone to France 20 years ago and spent an entire winter there. The flights on the way there and back were uneventful but long. Kris and Remy experienced their first security frisk in Amsterdam. I was glad to have a reservation for Citroen C5 {great French car} so we had more freedom to go to the Loire and central France when needed. We stayed in a beautiful place near Disneyland Paris but left Mickey waiting. AH! La Capitale. Even though the trees were bare and only budding, we found flowers and beautiful grounds everywhere we went. Chloe and Remy experienced their first train/ metro{RER} ride to Paris. We used it every time we had to go to and from our hotel. With 45 minutes ride we had plenty of time to organize ourselves and plan our day. We did a ton of sight-seeing and walking. Our favorite places were Orsay museum, Ste Chapelle cathedral, Eiffel tower, even though we opt not to go up because of the lines and too windy of a day{ 60 to 80 miles an hour}, the Marais district, the left bank etc… . We also took public transportation at all hours and found ourselves in rush hour commute stack like sardines in the metro. Also the #69 bus near Eiffel tower was a great way to see Paris all the way to the Pere Lachaise cemetery {closed also to high wind}. We ate as much street food and pastries as we liked. On to Versailles and Chartres. La France and all of its glory. Extravagance is an understatement when it comes to describing the rooms at Versailles. Silver and gold, tapestries and sculptures. We also enjoy the drive and the town of Chartres and the famous cathedral. The same day we pushed on to Blois and the next day visited some of the Loire alley and its gorgeous castles Amboise, Blois and Chambord, but Chenonceaux won our hearts with an easy self guided tour and beautiful gardens. Kris has always been a history reader and loved the fact that she found herself in one of Catherine de Medici’s parlor and bedroom. We went back for a few more days to Paris and walked many of the Parisien arondissements. For the last part of our trip we drove to Vichy , the town where I was born and where my two sisters still live. Vichy is a well maintained middle size town with the Allier river passing through. the spas are open year round but tourist season is usually from May until October. Chloe and Remy spent a good amount of time with their cousins and got along so well with them. My family had a big dinner for my birthday {charcuterie ,farm chicken braised in cream and a lot of cheeses to finish it up}. Overall, it was a wonderful trip for all of us{thanks to many of you } with a lot of great memories for the rest of our lives, Bruno.

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