Our first trip: Paris! We took the train, stayed in a cute hotel, found an amazing chocolate shop, ate at an adorable café, and used the Hop on/ Hop off bus to see the whole city. A whirlwind, but about all the kids could handle. Dietrich really liked seeing the Eiffel Tower. It was on this trip, we learned our potential for disaster and began keeping count of incident free days. On the train from central Paris to our hotel, Jennifer thought the seat was down, but it was not, and she slid right onto the floor of the train, laughing all the way down. The rest of the train was silent, yet we were cracking up. On the escalator ride back up to the street, Dietrich ran ahead of me while still connected to me via monkey leash. The result was him falling on the escalator, me doing the splits and falling as well, Jennifer having to push me back into an upright position with her leg because there was nothing to grab, and the escalator shredding part of her small rolling suitcase. I ended up with the most scratches/scrapes from this (which I would prefer to my children being harmed). Madilynn was completely unscathed, thank God (I was praying a lot during this fall). Dietrich learned a very hard lesson about not running away.
Our next stop: Switzerland. Jen had a Eurail Pass, which included Switzerland. I searched for something fun to do and found a chocolate/cheese train. In addition to seeing the snowcapped Alps, we saw how they make cheese and chocolate. We ate fondue in the village of Gruyeres. This old village is beautiful. Just behind the restaurant, a small courtyard area with what seemed to be part of the city walls provided lovely views. The chocolate factory tour ends with being able to sample almost every kind of chocolate made there, before giving you the opportunity to purchase in the gift shop. Jennifer spent about a week on her own in Italy and Greece. When she returned, she added time to her trip and ended up staying in Europe for most of May.
overcome. Jennifer, I am so glad you were able to spend this time with me, meet my husband and kids, and experience a full month of joy. I loved being a part of your healing, watching your mourning turn to dancing, sorrow to joy, tears to laughter. Perhaps our next adventure
together will be stateside. Until then, keep moving forward.
You might see some of the scenes from our adventures used throughout this blog. The beauty of God’s creation is evident in many scenes throughout the European countrysides.