Welcome! Before we can get to the fun part, the planning, lets cover the basics! Who: Im Thing1 here on the DIS. Im 16 years old and besides planning trips, Im a dancer, on the speech team at my school and involved with the theater program. Thing2 is my 12 year old sister. She will turn 13 while we are in Paris. Thing2 is very into the arts: painting, drawing, fashion, photography and singing. She is very much looking forward to all aspects of the trip, but probably Paris more than London. Thing3 is my 7, soon to be 8, year old sister. She is also a dancer. She is looking forward to seeing London as she is currently obsessed with Princess Kate. My parents are the ones who instigated the trip. They want us to be cultured and see the world, not just go to the same place every year (though I can usually rally for a Disney trip every couple years!). Theyre excited for everything, but probably most excited for the food and history. Also joining us are my aunt, uncle and one of my cousins. Uncle R is a major history person, hes looking forward to seeing Versailles and Normandy among other things. Aunt C is pretty much up for anything, she likes history and finding scenic views. Kay, my cousin, is 13 years old. She and Thing2 are very close and they like similar things, so its nice that we can travel together. What: A trip to England and France. Right now we are scheduled for 9 days in France and 6 or 7 in England, though it could change according to when we can get reasonable airfare. When: June 2013. We are not 100% sure with the dates until we book flights. Why: We love traveling with Uncle R, Aunt C and Kay. We share similar interests and enjoy the chance to hang out with people we only see a few times a year. In 2010, we traveled to Hawaii together along with my grandmother and Kays older sister. In 2011, we went to Disney together and this past summer we went to Michigan, along with the rest of my moms family for a reunion. This will be the fourth summer in a row traveling together, but we love to do it! *I will add a picture of Kay with the girls from this summer and try and make the first picture smaller in the morning, Photobucket isn't working well tonight. If youve made it through all of my rambling, I applaud you! I promise the next post will be more fun. Please jump in and say hi! Thank you for reading!