Allen and I were lucky enough to go away on two separate trips without the kids. Allen was at a conference in Madrid so I went along too. Mum and Dad come out to look after Jacob and Abi as they were at school. It was a brilliant break away. Madrid is not a huge city and was very walkable. The weather was chilly but fine so good for exploring. I ate so much tapas. I wish I knew more Spanish, although, by the end I could understand a lot more. Loads of people kept asking me questions in Spanish - I think I looked like a local as I was wearing winter boots, a coat and warm scarf in May!
Then in early June we had 3 nights in the Champagne region. It's only a 3 hour drive from here at SHAPE. Jacob and Abi were both on a school trip to Luxembourg so we took full advantage of this and booked into a wonderful B&B just south of Epernay in a village called Oyes. We did one day in Epernay and then had a day out cycling testing loads of champagne. The B&B catered for us in the evening and it was an excellent 3 days. We are now thinking of taking both sets of Grandmas there as they both like their champagne! No photos from this trip though so only Madrid.