Francy Pants– A Roadtrip Paris To Dordogne

by farrah on July 17, 2013 · 7 comments

Weather wise things are looking really nice this week. And hot. For here hot, not back in SC hot. I’ve become such a wimp and my setting is back on to ‘sweating at 79 degrees’. I’d like to think that it’s hormones too since oh the things I can blame on my kids that have physically happened to me.



Look at these kids! Our first trip to Paris circa 2002.

Good Times

Anyhow. So we’re packing up and taking off Saturday. Our itinerary has since changed a bit- it seems we were slacking pretty hard on finding and selecting a hotel in Paris so we waited until the last-minute and what do you think happened? Yep. About 90% of them were booked so when I sent my husband to find something, he did and it wasn’t until another week later that I looked up reviews of our accommodations. One of my favorites:

“I would rather stay in a cardboard box in Chechnya than in this hotel ever again”.

Ok. So maybe not the best choice for us. I can’t imagine rather staying in a cardboard box with my children no matter how much I love them.

I gently (ahem) made some suggestions and my husband did indeed find a new hotel, but our timing and location is a little different.

Saturday we’re driving to Paris which is only about 4 hours away from home. Staying outside the city at a château which has a family apartment for a night. We’ll see Paris Saturday and Sunday (the most important TO DO is see the aquarium) then head down to Dordogne to the family B&B. It’s going to be another 6-8 hours driving south, where it’s hotter and our car does not have a/c. I envision nothing but peace, harmony and happiness during the ride.

I love this scene. Here’s hoping we can all find matching berets:

We’re going to stay at the B&B for three nights and then instead of heading back up to Paris, go over to Gent in Brussels and stay there for a couple of nights. After that we will head home and collapse.

Follow along! I promise you won’t be jealous!

Have a great week- I’ll be tagging my France Instagrams as #Francypants if you’d like to come along. It might be nice to see how a family does it more like the Griswolds than anyone else. Because that, my friends- is our alter ego family. Look kids! It’s the Eiffel Tower!

(I realize this is London. But I can easily foresee something similar happening in France since we’re driving)

Have you ever been to France? Where did you go and tell me what you did!

PS- We have a house sitter in case you are plotting to steal our millions. The fish need to eat you know!

Thanks to MajorRagtime and David Darst for these fantastic clips from National Lampoon’s European Vacation.

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1 Gayla July 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

We love, love, love France. It ties with Italy as our favorite country 🙂 Besides having stayed in and enjoyed Hotel Loiret in Paris (near l’hôtel de ville) , we usually stay at Ibis hotels. Don’t know if that’s a place you guys have stayed or would consider staying. We like them and a few times have seen people with kids 🙂 There’s even one in the heart of Gent, if you’re still looking for accommodation in Belgium. Not sure of the rates, though. In Dordogne, we visited Sarlat, a charming medieval city. Bon voyage!


2 farrah July 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

We went to Lorraine earlier this year- it was great! I am so looking forward to taking the boys to Paris. Great tips to sock away for the next time! Because here’s hoping there WILL be a next time 🙂


3 Michelle P July 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Regardless of the a/c situation, I am jealous. Paris is my favorite city in the entire world. I wish you luck driving there – the arc de triomphe roundabout is quite an adventure. Have a blast and take lots of pictures!


4 farrah July 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thanks M! Just think, if you came to visit it’s just 4 hours… I really hope we have fun and make some equally hilarious memories 🙂


5 Leighann July 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm

ooh la la. Sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to see your pics.


6 Amy July 18, 2013 at 2:25 am

So jealous. Especially if you wear matching berets.


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