Paris. It's been exactly a week since we came home from the city of lights and I already want to go back! I'll be honest, I never had a huge desire to go to Paris until we moved to the UK. I thought it would be a nice place to make it to someday, but I've had other destinations higher on my list. I held the opinion that Paris was overrated. I'm not sure how I came to that idea, but there's no way Paris could live up to all the gushing and the hype, right?
I got the Paris bug a couple months ago (after reading a few novels set in Paris...how persuadable am I?), and John and I decided to brave taking the kids there this spring. I am so glad we did! Although we didn't get to do a lot of touristy things (no museums on this trip, sadly), it was great to just walk around the city as a family and enjoy being there and being together.
On the first day, we walked around Montmartre in the pouring rain (didn't get to make it to the Sacre Coeur, which was really too bad), but we popped into a shop for some macaroons, bought the most delicious strawberries from a fruit stand, ate crepes for dinner, and arrived home at our apartment in exhaustion after not being able to find the bus stop and walking nearly an hour to get back to our apartment (we've had 3 great experiences with AirBnB by the way). Luckily both boys passed out in the stroller and Johnny and I were able to enjoy a glass of wine together and watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle from the comfort of the sofa. Did you know the Eiffel Tower literally sparkles? I always thought it was figurative when people said that, but it sparkles for 5 minutes at the start of every hour at night. It is mesmerizing and I quickly became obsessed with it.
On day two we went to the Eiffel Tower. Johnny and R fed birds from their hands, R played in a nice little playground while I fed Arlo, we got take away pizza and had a picnic lunch right before a downpour, walked along the Seine River, saw the Tuileries Garden, and went back to the apartment via Canal St. Martin and ate ravioli for dinner.
On our final day we went to Le Marais, had falafel for lunch then walked to Notre Dame. We didn't do an inside tour, but enjoyed sitting in front and people watching. Rafe splashed in the puddles and chased birds.
All in all we had a wonderful, short trip, and I would love to go back (maybe without the kids?) and see some museums, make it to the Sacre Coeur, and eat in a fancy restaurant.