So far we’re loving our stay in Paris. Our apartment is about a 45 min metro ride from the downtown which allows us to shop and live more like a local (and much cheaper). Our apartment is quite spacious (even has a bedroom with a door 😳) compared to our Iceland hotel room.
The food is SO good! We walk to the local bakery once or twice a day to buy fresh baguettes and pastries. The market has a machine that juices oranges for you so you can make fresh juice and our croissants are amazing with homemade apricot jam…I should have weighed myself upon arrival so I’d know just how much damage this city is going to do to me!
Our first day of sightseeing we hit the ground running. We had tickets to a hop-on, hop-off bus so we could get an overview of the city and pick up a little info between stops. Our favorite stop has to have been the 1/2 mile of farmers market. We shared flat breads, fruits and crepes so we could try a little of everything. Charlotte is OBSESSED with crepes and macaroons…it’s all we hear about!
We really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night so we tucked into a pizzeria and waited for 11pm (it doesn’t get dark till after 10). The tower was lit up red and green to celebrate Portugal winning the big futbol match. We made the last elevator up at 11:30 since the tower closes at 12. The views were spectacular and we didn’t have to wait in line but we didn’t get home till 2am which made for a slow start the next day. I was worried that 2 weeks in Paris was too long, but I think it’ll be perfect. This way we have time to sleep in and recover from long nights and we don’t feel rushed to cram everything in to a week.
The kids are having fun learning new words in French and watching the characters that fill the trains and streets. We’re getting very good and maneuvering through the metro station like locals…except of course our flip flops are a dead give away we’re tourists! The greatest part…the kids are really having a good time together. We’re growing so much closer as a family as we build memories and jokes only we will understand. It hits me every once in a while out of the blue that OMG! We are in Paris!! Whaaat????