I highly recommend this blog - it is of Alex's families adventures off to Europe and specifically Paris for the upcoming year. Alex is a school friend of Aidan's. The entries are amusing and often thought provoking.
a recent entry I liked :
Our wants are few, our demands are simple
What we want from our European adventure:
Recapture the still spaces in our lives lost to the twin demons of activity and anxiety
Rebuild the common spaces between our lives which have been made barren by overgrazing and underwatering. Much of the goodwill in our relationship has been overgrazed through the profound inequalities between a work-bound husband and a house-bound wife. The sources of goodwill in our relationship have been underwatered through too few shared joyful experiences.
Restore us from our diminished state, beaten down by countless small indignities, numberless small ethical accommodations, myriad small rages.
In short, we want to remember how to dream, both for our own lives and for our lives together.