Paris postcard

12 Apr

Imagine everything you ever liked about any city you ever lived in: that’s Paris.  Other people have written about it better, in more detail, and taken better photos than I ever will, so I’m not going to do a multi-series of posts.  This is it.  Your postcard from Paris.  Need a guide?  Rick Steves does a bang-up job.


Petit déjeuner at Cafe le Nemours

Our options for reaching Paris were train (expensive!), plane (expensive!) and driving (comparatively reasonable!).  Hotel rooms for a family of five are hard to find at a rational price, so we rented a flat.  Hands down, when traveling with children, I recommend renting a flat or a cottage rather than staying in a hotel.  Paris is no exception, and finding a flat over a boulangerie in the 1ere arrondissement just steps from the Louvre?  With a kitchenette and a washer?!  That was heaven.  (We used My Paris Visit.)


Louvre at night

I found Paris a family-friendly city.  There are parks, playgrounds, tons of open space, always something to see, and always someplace to eat.  And kids enter free at most museums.  A contrast to England, where I still don’t understand how families can travel around and enjoy any of the national treasures here – everything costs, everything costs a lot, and everything works off a different pass — National Trust, English Heritage, networks of grand houses, individual gardens charging separate pricing.  Some days it feels like the only thing free in England is walking.


Behind a clock, at the Musée d’Orsay

The weather was chilly in Paris, as it has been everywhere in this year’s seemingly endless winter.  But … winter in Paris is still better than anything anywhere else.  Probably.  Snow at the Eiffel Tower and the top of Notre Dame did not deter us.

There's always hot chocolate

There’s always hot chocolate

A wonderful week away and a bittersweet return to home-which-is-not-home.  If you need me, I’ll be trying to scratch-and-sniff photos of croissants while eating the last of the easter chocolates.


11 Responses to “Paris postcard”

  1. Aubrey Price Pettyjohn April 12, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Paris is one of my favorite cities too. So family friendly, so crazy beautiful. We’ve been four times and I still want to go back.

    The pic of the kids in silhouette with the clock reminds me of the movie Hugo, a great film with French flair! 🙂

    • Monique April 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

      I could go there for every vacation. And then move there. Sigh. Well, I might need to see a beach sometime, but there is always the Paris-Plages!

  2. Zazamataz April 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Sounds absolutely lovely. Someday….

    • Monique April 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Let someday be soon. ❤

  3. ljdaman April 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Makes me want to go back. Love your post, and your flat DOES sound like heaven!

    • Monique April 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

      Very convenient to be able to wash clothes, with three kids! But the gorgeous patisserie downstairs was the crowning glory.

  4. thebookgator April 16, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    Lovely pictures, especially the kids and the clocks.

    • Monique April 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      Thanks, that’s one of my favorites from the trip.


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