Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dublin - Day 6 & 7

So our last 2 days of our trip we were in Dublin. We arrived at our hotel, freshened up then started walking around to explore.



Of course we stopped at Mulligan's for a beer!




And look who else has been to Mulligan's for a beer...


After our stop at Mulligan's we walked around some more then stopped for dinner and some shopping. Gotta bring home goodies for the babies!



This is the one and only picture I have from our last day in Ireland. I spent most of the day sleeping because I didn't feel good (yikes) but Mom, Dad and Mary spent the day at St. Patrick's and the Guinness Brewery. 

I joined the group for dinner and a last walk around Dublin.
If I remember correctly this was called "Penny Bridge".


The next morning we were up, packing and getting ready to head to the airport.
After some crazy security during a Toronto layover we were practically running through the airport to board our plane home. The scene in Home Alone where they are running through the airport was playing over and over in my mind. :)

After a short flight from Canada we were back in St. Louis and I was basically beside myself with excitement to see Eric, Elle and Oliver!
I walked up the little ramp and there they were, parked right at the top waiting for me. 
I cried and hugged and kissed and squeezed these little babies!!



As soon as we got home they started opening alllllll of their souvenirs.



What an amazing trip!!!
Seriously, it blows my mind when I look back at all of the pictures of everything we did. We had so much fun, walked tons of miles, laughed like crazy, ate yummy food, told stories, made new memories and just had the best time together.

I am SO THANKFUL my parents took us on this trip, they are the most generous people on the planet. 

I hope to one day do the exact same thing for Elle and Ollie when they are older. 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Paris: Day 5

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to head to the train station to take the chunnel to Paris.  I could not fall asleep for the life of me and before I knew it I started to hear our alarm going off to wake-up. 4:30am came very fast and with no sleep preceding it. BUT we were on our way to Paris and that excitement was enough to get me up and moving!!

And finding this at the train station definitely put a major pep in my step...until I took a drink and realized European Dr. Pepper tastes very different from American Dr. Pepper...and I am American through and through when it comes to my favorite drink.


All aboard the chunnel to France!!


We made it!


Where Princess Diana was staying when she died in Paris. 



And when I saw this I immediately thought of my Sissy-Girl back home.
She wants to go to Paris so badly and we have big plans for a girls trip when she is older.



It felt surreal to be standing so close to something so iconic!


Our first stop was a cruise down the Seine River.










Such a pretty way to see parts of the city.


Notre Dame.





After the cruise we headed to the Eiffel Tower for lunch!




We had lunch on the first tier.  This is the view from outside the restaurant.




The cutest little lady I know.


My parents are hands-down the best of the best. They spoiled us completely rotten on this trip!!


Kicking off lunch with some champagne.


Chicken, potatoes and garlic foam = delish


View from the restaurant


As soon as we finished eating we headed back out to the first tier to look around and shop. I was on a mission to find something for Elle at the shop inside the Eiffel Tower. 



Once we left the Eiffel Tower we were back on our tour bus - with the most amazing tour guide - and drove around the city a little bit...


before stopping at the Louvre!

Mary and my dad raced through the museum on a hunt to see the Mona Lisa before our bus left for the train station and mom and I hit up Starbucks and relaxed.  I was having some crazy muscle spasms in my leg (I think from so much walking and the lack of sleep?) that I could barely stand....so in the moment a coffee and an extra large water outweighed the Mona Lisa in my eyes. But Mary and my dad raved about it!