Months of guidebooks and google maps are finally going to pay off as we embark on our excellent adventure. I’ve wanted to see the medieval and gothic cathedrals of France, the chateaux of the Loire, the Flemish masters of Belgium and Mont San Michel forever. We’ll be wandering around but not in, Paris. As we circle the city, counterclockwise, I’m looking forward to days of not knowing where or what or how, but to soak in the beauty and the culture. I’ll butcher le langue francais as I go, but I’ll try my best not to. I’ll take a thousand or so photos, maybe some video, jot some things down here and soak up as much as Flemish and French-Ness as possible. We’ll gather our list of things we love that we want to continue at home, so that our trip changes our life back home too. And we’ll bring home lots of stories about mishaps, close calls, surprises, mistakes, gifts and grace. Because that’s why we travel, after all.