A week ago we bundled the children into the car for a trip to the seaside. We drove for a couple of hours, until we finally saw the white cliffs of Dover, and sighed in relief that we had arrived without incident. No one cried, no one moaned or got outraged that we had been in the car for so long, and no-one was travel sick. Result!
We got out and looked around for a while. After a quick walk on a pebbly and very windy beach, we walked around a rather smart looking Quay area which was full of modern shops, and then up the high street. Looking for somewhere to eat with three small children when it is raining is not as easy as it could be. Unfortunately that meant we ended up in McDonalds, but at least the children were happy.
I forgot to mention that it was late afternoon by the time we got down there. All the best plans, as they say; we had car issues to deal with before we set off, but children being children they did not question why we were going for a day out at such a late hour.
After they had finished their food, we bundled them all back into the car. They were all excited as we had said we could stay in the area overnight. We found a room in a Premier Inn nearby. Cheap, and much more cheerful than I had expected.
I was impressed with the way the children slept. Usually in a hotel room, there is a lot of excitement and not much sleep, but this time they were out like little lights.
Up early in the morning, we suggested going on a boat trip. At this point, eldest started moaning that she didn't want to go on a boat trip. Whispered discussions in the bathroom led to a slight change of plan as we made the announcement there and then. Three little faces lit up when they heard that we were actually catching a ferry to France and going to Disneyland Paris for a week. "What about school?" was the first question. Luckily, school were in on the secret.
Please click here for my detailed review of our trip to Disneyland Paris, including highs, lows, and tips for future travellers.