• Spending the holidays away from home

    Kindall Farwell
    I love travel. Travel is in my blood. But I have never traveled away from my home over the holidays, until now.

    Due to the timing of an extended Thanksgiving break for my school-aged daughter, we decided that this would be the perfect time for a 10-day family vacation to London and Paris. What an amazing adventure it turned out to be. marche-gourmand-681x681

    Since summer is considered ‘high season’ we were able to save about $400 per person on the lowest airfare I saw over the summer. Addtionally, we were able to find great rates with free breakfast at upscale hotels within walking distance from the sites we wanted to see. Our touring included all the London and Paris sites with the highlight of our trip being the Christmas markets, outdoor ice rinks, and storefronts decorated for the holidays.

    Holiday markets have it all – from chestnuts roasting on an open fire, to amazing gifts like fresh soaps and beautiful scarves, and new food to experience such as Raclette, ja and baguette and foie gras on a baguette. Christmas markets in Paris can be found at Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Place du Trocadero, and my favorite on the Champs-Elysees.

    There are great holiday markets and adventures to be had close to home and based on our recent Thanksgiving travel experiences am going to include them in our future travel plans. We have already scheduled a visit to the traditional German Christkindlmarket in Chicago next weekend. Check out this list of holiday markets: http://www.christmasmarkets.com/.

    Thanksgiving in Europe may require some ingenuity. (Farwell family photo)

    Thanksgiving in Europe may require some ingenuity. (Farwell family photo)

    We decided to incorporate some of our Thanksgiving tradition into the trip since we knew we wouldn’t get a Thanksgiving meal. We surprised our daughter with Turkey Jerky and Pumpkin Pie lip balm on Eurostar from London to Paris.