Some things are a long time coming. For close to two years I have been talking to my daughter about taking a trip to London, a two or three week long dad and daughter bonding experience before the heavy-lifting years of high school start.
Originally we planned to go to Brighton together for World Fantasy, but it didn’t quite work out. There was a school camp to attend, and it looked easier to try for Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention. When a friend’s birthday in Normandy offered the chance to pass through Paris and spend some time in the French countryside too we settled on a plan fairly quickly.
Well, when I say quickly, we took another year nearly planning things and talking about it and not saving, and possibly might not have gone at all except that we had to: this chance might not coming again. And so, last Friday dates were settled, overall plans confirmed, and plane tickets were purchased. We’re going! Paris, Normandy and London here we come!
There’s a lot more planning to do, but come August we’re on a plane and it should be fun!