Instead of just going to Italy we thought we'd Extend our trip a little bit. We can't take too much time off work but thought we'd do a week in Paris or something as well. We don't want to move around too much as it will be hard with the little kids.
Anyway DH's extended family (an Uncle and Granddad) live in rural Wales. DH has little to do with them. MIL sends photos of DS and regularly talks to them, but DH has absolutely no contact with them, but they feel like they know us because of MIL.
In the past DH's uncle has offered to pay fly us all over there so they can meet DS. So far nothing has ever been organised as DH is useless with plans. However now that MIL knows we are going over to Europe, we are expected to go and see the relatives and stay with them. To get to this village is an hour flight and then a 3-4 hour drive. The train takes even longer to get there. DH has said we don't have to go for long and can stay overnight, but realistically we would have to stay for longer. The Uncle wouldn't be paying for us to fly over for this trip (and I wouldn't want him to as we are going for the wedding).
We didn't want to do too much traveling with small kids, but this visit is going to be a trek and now we are going to have to cut our plans short to accommodate them. They said they will pay for our transport over there but I'm not worried about the costs more about the time and the epic journey there with 2 small kids. So we will either need to cut our Paris trip short, or not go at all.
I frankly don't want to go, I don't understand why DH can't organize to go at a different time seeing as his Uncle has offered to pay for the flights. I suggested he take DS at Christmas and go then. I don't see why we have to tack a visit on to the end of our trip.
MIL keeps saying that we "can't go all the way to the Northern Hemisphere and not go and see them" but I think this is a bit unreasonable because it's not as if the place we're going to is easy to get to, and DH has nothing to do with his relatives.
Now I admit I'm completely bias since MIL and I have had a falling out, so I thought I'd see what others thought.
Unfortunately his uncle and grandad can't meet us halfway, as his uncle is a quadraplegic and his granddad is nearly 90 and deaf.
Edited by Sunnycat, 25 February 2013 - 08:52 PM.