Our #Storybook Family Aventure in France

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It’s been 22 days since I last saw my family – well, that is if you don’t count the endless hours on Facetime and Skype. It’s been the longest time that I have been away from them, an incredible endurance test for my husband who has juggled work and children, last days of school, emergency doctor and dentist visits, and missing me. It’s been new for me, buried in work, though on the surface it may seem I had it easier.

Regardless, it’s been hard for us being apart. We are an incredibly close family and we have missed each other dearly. What has kept us excited through it all has been our upcoming family vacation here in France! For fifteen glorious days we will be traveling through France make sure we discover, eat, and spend time together. We will kick off our first week in the Midi-Pyrénées, exploring the areas in and around Toulouse. If you are not familiar with the Midi-Pyrénées, let me share the video that helped us decide that this is where we wanted to be:

We are super excited. The kids have counted down the days on the wall calendar in my office and their curiosity about everything from the food to the comfort levels of the beds here has them giddy with joy. Even my teenager can’t wait to hug me. This trip is a special one, and I explain why in Reinventing the storybook dream on the Expedia Viewfinder travel blog. As part of the #Storybook campaign, Expedia asked me to share a trip or experience that would qualify as my storybook adventure, and this trip is definitely it.

I invite you to check out the blog, and find out how you can follow us along our journey. As I write this from my hotel room in France, my family is home in New Jersey packing the last items before they board the plane tonight. We will be meeting in Toulouse, sadly not till Saturday night, and I can’t wait!

You can stay connected by following my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page with hashtags #GGTinFrance and #Storybook.

Disclosure: This trip is funded in part through partnerships with Expedia and Midi-Pyrénées Tourism Board. 


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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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