We left LAX yesterday (Thursday) morning around 10:00 a.m., and after a short layover in Chicago, and a yummy lunch at Frontera, we boarded our plane for the 8 hour trek to London. It wasn't as bad as I expected, but I think it was technically worse than a red eye. We boarded around 6:00 p.m. Chicago time (4:00 in L.A.) and after an hour or so the sun set and dinner was served. It felt very retro being served a 4 course meal -free! The attendants were British and provided quite gracious service. One kind attendant even offered the girls a special dessert (presumably leftover from 1st class as it arrived on a real china plate). Rich, however, missed dinner as he took an Ambien pretty much after we got settled in and went off to la-la land for pretty much the whole time! The girls and I stayed awake for a few hours, then medicated with a couple benadryl to help induce sleep. We slept for about 2-3 hours and woke up about 45 minutes just before landing, finding the sun up and breakfast being served. Our short night was over and we were ushered into the next day, feeling very strange and messed up, not knowing when we should eat or sleep next.
Arriving in London, in usual Rich fashion, we made smooth connections on two subway trains to finally arrive at the Eurostar train station. We wondered what handicapped people would do as there are many sets of steps (no elevators) we had to navigate with all our luggage. One one occasion a handsome young gentleman carried Stephanie's bag up a flight of steps! Once at the Eurostar station, we breakfasted under spectacular architecture, the girls having crepes and Rich and I some eggs and pain au chocolat.
Once this 3 hour train ride to Paris is completed, we we will go to our 2 bedroom (+ a loft)apartment in the 7th arrondissement. Drew arrives in Paris tonight around 10:00 p.m. and it sure would be nice to get a shower and possibly a little nap before we go to the Eiffel Tower to meet him. Hopefully I'll find the time to blog again soon or just post some pics. We are all beyond excited to see him!