For Christmas, the hubs surprised me with a pretty amazing present. He'd been hinting the month prior that he was taking me on a trip, so I knew what it was, but I didn't know where. I could tell he was just SO proud of himself, because he kept trying to get me to guess. I ran through a list of places I'd mentioned I'd love to go (the Northeast, Montana, French Canada...), and when I mentioned Canada, his face kind of perked up, so I thought I'd hit the nail on the head.
Then, Christmas morning comes, and I open the box containing the details of our upcoming journey. Inside is a really cute little book he'd made (and which I will always cherish); I open the first page and see a map of the U.S., and a little plane icon with an arrow pointing toward our destination. My brain, so sure it was right, immediately jumped up to Canada, and then realized the arrow was pointing east...much, much further east...like across The Pond east...like Paris east.
"We're going to Paris???!!!" (And yes, that's about the right amount of question marks and exclamation points.)
"Keep reading," he said with a smile.
I flip a few more pages, and then I see the map morph into London...and then a few more pages, and it morphs into Dublin.
"Are you serious??!!"
Now, here we are, just 13 days away from embarking on this epic adventure. I've booked all the important things, like transportation and hotels, so now is the really fun part: the sights, sounds and tastes. And while I've solicited favorite spots from several friends and family who have been to these places before, I would love to know from any of you who have been to Paris, London or Dublin: What can't we miss? Where should we eat? What are your favorite museums? Favorite flea markets? Vintage stores? Produce markets? Places for a pint? (The list could go on and on...)
I know we'll definitely see some of the iconic sites (because you have to, just once), and during our time in England we'll be hopping down to Portsmouth and then over to Bath and back. Other than that, the world is our oyster! :)