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The San Antonio Lanie’s arrived in London on the 4th and the Okie-Lanie’s arrived the next day. Brooke joined us on the 4th. On the 5th we ventured to see Buckingham Palace before boarding the train to Paris at 5:01 PM.

The 2 1/2 hour train ride to Paris was easy and comfortable (we booked 1st Class). We did not know what to expect in Paris and were pleasantly surprised to find a vibrant, clean city with minimal evidence of the impact of the infusion of immigrants in the city.

We spent three nights in Paris at a small hotel located in the Montmartre area, which was filled with quaint shops and artistic locals. While in Paris we took in the typical sites including the Louvre, Eiffel tower and great Parisian restrauants. We tracked our walking while in Paris and we ranged between 5-9 miles each day!

On the 8th, we checked our of our hotel and boarded an Air France flight to Prague. Our hotel was located close to Old Town, so we spent a lot of time wakling again to the various historical sites including the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle.

On the 2nd day we rented a car with a driver and went to the small Czech town of Hodemysle, which was the town where our grandparents were born. The Old Cemetary used by the villages was quite a site with many names of those in our family tree.

When we have a resonable internet connection we will update the photo website with photos of the first week of our trip. We are on the train to Vienna where we will continue our European journey!

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