Weekend Coffee Share: Vacation Planning Begins

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that the weather is awful today! The temperature is down to -10c and we are experiencing freezing rain. This is not the weather one would expect in spring during the month of April. When you think of spring, you think instead of mild weather and blooming flowers. I have not seen many flowers and yesterday when walking in the park, my daughter and I noticed that there were not even buds forming on the trees. The branches are still winter-bare even though they are housing birds.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week I had a Scientist in the School come into my classroom to run a workshop I love. This workshop is usually my introduction to spring and the inquiry on living things. Even though it was snowing outside during her presentation and spring was not mentioned at all (except the lack of it), the children still enjoyed the experience. The workshop was on bugs and the children had the opportunity to touch an assortment of them. I was surprised that many boys did not want to caress and hold the worms. The highlight of the afternoon was definitely the tarantula that the presenter brought in to visit!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week we decided where we would go for our summer vacation. We toyed with the idea of going to a resort in Mexico again but then decided to go to Europe instead. We chose Paris as I am the only one who has been to this fair city. Both my husband and daughters are itching to go and I look forward to hearing my girls use the French that they have learned at school. This morning I began planning our days. I have opened a document in Google Drive and started listing the things we would like to see. My intention is to plan, more or less, each day we will have there so that no time is wasted. I am also looking at the cost of entrance fees and how to get to places – especially those places out of Paris. I have ordered a guide book as well as a map from Amazon and cannot wait to receive them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to not stay too long. The icy rain is still falling and the roads are extremely slippery. Stay safe for the rest of the weekend.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

11 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Vacation Planning Begins

  1. Wow, that is cold for April! I bet it feels good to be able to plan a visit to Paris, and think of summer when the weather isn’t cooperating. I believe the two things I love the most about Pais is the light, and the food. It seems like the light is always perfect for photos, and …the food..doesn’t need much of an explanation.. You’re going to have a blast! When are you going?

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    1. We are going in July. I am looking forward to it – the last time I was there was in 1992. I am sure quite a few things have changed. When I left they were building mcDonalds on the Champs Élysée 🙂

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      1. How fun! Yes, I imagine In 1992 there was barely no fast food in Europe. We didn’t get McDonalds in my town, in northern Sweden, where I lived then, until 1998.

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  2. Colline,
    So excited for you and your family to go to Paris! We would like to go there some day too. We’ve never been. We are planning a family vacation to London in July 2019 though! I am excited to see our two boys experience Europe for the first time. Look forward to pictures and posts about your trip! It is warmer in FL but started the day in the 40s and heading to the 70s (ideal) this afternoon. Spring has sprung here. Praying it makes its way north for you too. Classroom science is the best!


    1. I love London too and I think that will be our next European city to visit (my youngest has shown an interest in this city). I look forward to seeing my children’s reactions too – Europe does majestic architecture best and all they have seen is new-style buildings.
      It was snowing again yesterday. The temperatures are higher today so I am hopeful that the big melt will start soon.
      Have a wonderful rest of the week.


  3. Hi, Colline. Given your travel plans, I think you’ll enjoy my post this week. 🙂 That will be a great experience for the whole family. I hope you’ll have a good amount of time there. I hope that spring arrives soon!


  4. So nice you’re coming to Europe! I’ve been in Paris several times now, and if I may, these are the things I would recommend: the Louvre museum, musée d’Orsay (with some paintings of Monet), les galeries de Lafayette (the old shopping for it’s beautiful ceiling and its interior), Montmarte, climbing the Eiffel tower of course, Le Notre Dame, Jardin des plantes (botanical garden), Versailles (half an hour out of Paris) and Giverny (1h outside of Paris – gardens of Monet – never been there but this is still on my list and seems really beautiful). And concerning food you should try macarons of course 😀

    And consider coming to Belgium too once! Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Antwerp – all magnificant old cities that are not as known as big cities like Paris, but really worthwhile visiting for its beautiful medieval architecture. You can travel from one to another city in 1 hour average! 🙂


    1. I have visited Paris before and will certainly visit these sites again to share with my family. As a family we have decided to spend our time exploring one city instead of rushing around to explore another.


      1. I agree, exploring a city at a calm rhythm is the best way to really be able to catch the atmosphere.
        I just suggested the idea of Belgium for a possible other time 🙂


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