Our first overnight family adventure in Europe led us to Paris, France.
The River Seine
The Eiffel Tower
Uncle Matt has been working in London for a few weeks, so he trained down to explore with us.
After the group split, Jenny, Chloe, Drew, and I wandered along the River Seine for miles.
Chloe needed to burn some energy, so she practiced her levitating skills for a bit...
...and jumped around like a wild woman!
Arriving back at the hotel a few hours later, we heard some familiar voices from 4 floors up...
Gare de Lyon (Train Station)
We pretty much rocked the subway system all weekend long. It wasn't always pretty, but we made it... A group of 7 with 2 strollers in a crowded train posed some challenges.
Prior to the first ride, we had a talk with the kids about what to do in the event that we got separated on the platform/train. The gameplan was for the separated child to get off at the next station and wait. They looked a little scared as we discussed the RARE possibility that this would happen.
A crowded train arrives, and I get on with the Zeke, KK, and Chloe - then the doors quickly close leaving Jenny, Drew, and Matt on the platform...group separated from the get go. The kids all looked at me with WIDE eyes as I asked "what's the plan?" They said "we need to get off at the next station and wait." It worked like a champ. After that, we no longer tried the single file/conga line to enter and exit the trains. Each adult had a kid and a stroller and we boarded through different doors. No other family separations ensued.
Arc de Triomphe