Well, every Shull voted and it was unanimous…Day 13 was our very favorite! Andrew and I planned this day several months in advance and it was even better than we expected! We surprised the kids with a ride on the Eurostar through the Chunnel to London. It was such a fun day!
We woke the kiddos up at 5:00 AM and had them get dressed before telling them the surprise. The two older kids have been asking to ride the train through the Chunnel for as long as I can remember, so they were both totally excited.
All aboard and ready to leave Paris and head to London! The train ride is two hours but you gain an hour going into London, so we arrived bright and early for our big day!
Smith was super pumped about this!
Off we go!
Here we are (with my grandparents) the last time we were in London back in 2011. Our family sure has changed a bit, right?! Look at those sweet babies. Smith was 20 months and Kensington was just a few weeks shy of three.
The weather was so nice and cool (in the high 50s when we arrived!) and kind of grey…you know, perfect London weather :).
Our first stops that morning were Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.
Hey there Westminster Abbey! We’re super pumped to be visiting you today!
After we left Westminster Abbey, we walked to Buckingham Palace.
We heart London.
Hey there! Look at me!
After we left Buckingham Palace, we walked to Harrod’s for a little lunch. The food hall is beyond incredible inside Harrod’s and getting a bite to take for a picnic is always one of our favorite things to do.
What to pick? What to pick? What to pick?
We selected our goodies and then went outside and found a nice place to picnic.
After this, we took a taxi to Kensington and then into Notting Hill :).
It doesn’t get old seeing Kensington Dry Cleaners, Kensington Tailor, Kensington Vet, Kensington this and Kensington that. We all shout out what we see as we see it :). Here we are now on Portobello Road…this is perhaps my favorite street in the whole world.
We picked up these two dogs earlier in the day when we visited the Buckingham Palace Store. Love these two. Meanwhile…
…Ashby napped her way through Notting Hill.
After looking around Notting Hill, we took a taxi to Picadilly Circus and walked through Covent Garden before ending our night at a pub for dinner…
Smith had fish and chips and Andrew had shepherd’s pie…so, so, so good!
Ashby and I had fish and chips while Kensington had a burger. We were a happy bunch ;).
Sad faces as we headed back to the train station. We love London.
We were back in our hotel room in Paris by midnight…tired but happy.
Day 14 was our last day before heading home. We slept in later and then enjoyed our last few moments in Paris.
We stopped for an Eiffel Tower pic any time we could.
And then we ended our trip by placing a lock on one of the bridges. This is a relatively new tradition in Paris and one that my kids just loved.
Attaching our lock…
Kensington drew the heart :).
Tossing the key after we attached our lock! It was so fun to do this as a family.
I mean…the locks are everywhere and unbelievable!
After we attached our lock, we let the kids ride the carousel at the Eiffel Tower (notice it in the background). My kiddos are on top there (see Andrew up there with Ashby). And of course, we ate a crepe.
The next day, we began our journey back home. Here we are again in DC after a long flight from Paris.
And then this pretty much sums up my kids…
…we landed at DFW Airport after over 24 hours of being awake and traveling. And Ashby is making carpet angels (completely oblivious to the fact that she should be tired)…and Kensington…
…is sound asleep on the floor. When she woke up in her bed the next morning she told me the last thing she remembered was going to sleep on the airport floor :). She slept the entire time we carried her to the car, loaded her up and drove the 45 minutes home.
That was our trip. My very favorite part? Spending uninterrupted time with my family. That’s priceless.