23rd-25th: Thib and I are going away on a mini-holiday to Clisson, a small medieval town south of Nantes. We're staying in the middle of nowhere, ready to relax and breathe country air. If the weather's nice, I'm hoping we can go canoeing and horse-back riding then we can visit the castle in the city centre of Clisson.
Sunday is the day we come back to Nantes, and it's just a day for relaxing.
Monday the 28th: My train for the Paris airport leaves scary-early in the morning, at 6 am, which means I have to be at the train station by 5:30. YIKES. However, Thib made me get a ticket that goes from Nantes directly to the CDG airport which means I don't have to take the messy and confusing metro, then the RER, and THEN the shuttle. I feel bad for all the poor tourists who have to navigate through that maze, it's insane. I shall be waiting eagerly in the Arrivals for my mother and Dana, then we head back to Nantes, I'll make them a big welcome dinner, then let them get to bed early.
March 1st: Tour of Nantes. I'll show them the beautiful Jardin des Plantes, le Chateau des Ducs, the Cathedrale, and then we'll just bum around centre ville eating pastries and drinking espresso. We'll probably go out and celebrate their arrival too.
March 2nd: Tour of Nantes 2: Just bumming around again, we'll probably have a pic-nic if the weather permits. Dinner at a typical French restaurant.
March 3rd: Day trip to Le Mont St. Michel. If you don't know what that is, google it, it's incredible.
March 4th: Tour of the best castles in France: Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord and...Blois- home of the Bloismuda Triangle. When Beth, Thib and I visited that castle the first time, we got stuck in a vortex of highway terror. We couldn't get out of that city, even though we followed all of the signs and took all the right roads, it was crazy!! We drove around that tiny town for an hour before we got on the highway leading out of the city.Let's hope that doesn't happen again...
March 5th: We'll leave for Paris, and spend the day walking around the City of Lights. Maybe do a boat tour.
March 6th: Flea Market shopping early in the morning, explore the Montemarte area in the afternoon; Sacre Coeur and visit the Trocadéro area, which is across the river from the Eiffel. I heard it has a beautiful view at sunset.
March 7th: Walk around and explore: Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle, Bastille, Pont Neuf, Louvre, Tuileries Garden
March 8th: Walk around and explore: Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Champs-Elysées, Rue de Rivoli and get some fabulous chocolat chaud chez Angelina!
March 9th: Walk around and explore: Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin, Jardin de Luxembourg, Pont Alexandre III, and visit the infamous Eiffel Tower.
Dana and my mom leave the next day and I head back to Nantes, ending the holiday. I can't wait for this, I need some Mommy time!