Weekend in Paris

Preparation and getting to Paris

I didn’t understand why everyone is so jumpy. I just finished my bottle and instead of a good burp, my daddy is taking these big suitcases up and down the stairs, while mommy kept putting more and more clothes on me… on the way down, I already understood that we are heading towards a family adventure, or at least this is what my daddy try to tell me in that weird sounds he does when he talks to me… When will he realize that I’m not a little baby, I’m already 11 weeks old! They explained to me that we are going to a weekend in Paris, and were extra excited because we get to ride a train. For me, it was the first time, so I knew I should be excited, but I didn’t really understand what are they so excited about… I think it is because they really put a lot of effort to optimize the ride. In a car, you can just take EVERYTHING but then you cannot move it in the city in addition to a 4-hour ride with me crying in the back and a flight was too expensive so train it is. After long discussion my parents decided to take the train there from Lux -to Paris, it’s only two hours and 10 min ride and we couldn’t make a better decision. We took the Maxi Cosi, my stroller with the bath and a very big bag for the three of us. We didn’t have anyone seating next to us, so we had enough space. I slept like a baby most of the ride and was really curious in the new fast moving environment. I didn’t even felt like crying, just staring at the window at the amazing green country views passing by.

We got to Paris, Gare de l’Est station and we took an XL Uber to avoid struggling with the bags. My Dad kept talking about a service that he found HoliBag, which allowed us to leave the bags in a restaurant until our Airbnb is ready. We left our bags in a restaurant close to the Airbnb and near the Orsay museum which was super comfortable and cheap (~3EUR).

From there we headed to our first activity, (1) Orsay museum. That was the second time I was in a museum and I loved it: beautiful building (it used to be a train station) with famous painting and sculpture from the 18/19 century. It’s really a must see. It wasn’t that easy to get to the elevator with my stroller, but we managed. We didn’t have much time (~1.5H) so we started from the 5th floor and went down. At some point, I decided that I wanted to get some air, so I started crying, immediately mom gave the order, and all of us step outside to the balcony for a beautiful view of the city and a bottle of fresh milk. What else do I need?

After the Orsay museum, we want to pick our bags, and headed towards our Airbnb apartment. Unfortunately, we found out that “baby friendly” in Paris/Airbnb has some ambiguity in it. It was a traditional French building, which means that there was a whole floor of stairs to the elevator and my car (yes I call my stroller my car) didn’t fit at all in this elevator, not even our bag. There was no way I would allow my parents to stay in such place so, I immediately start crying, and after few calls with the customer service, we found ourselves on our way to Hôtel de Lille which was just down the street.

Next stop, (2) the Louvre we bought tickets in advance in Ticket Louvre FR which was a good option since it was one of the few sites we could just print the tickets, instead of collecting them somewhere… It said that they valid till 1530 but after the Airbnb saga, we got there around 1630 but it was still ok. Mom was super excited, but surprisingly enough, it was the dad that didn’t stop taking selfies with the Mona Lisa. The Louvre is a huge building, a fortress palace which later became a museum for the people post revaluation. There are so many artifacts so we didn’t have much time to see. Since it closes at 18:00 I did my puppy eyes for the guard every time, so they will let us through another passage.  We saw everything we planned to see, specifically some of the most famous ones.

So after two museums and a long walk, My parents found a nice brasserie next to the Louvre, (3) La Rotonde St Honoré. They sat inside in a big corner table with a place for my car. I ate and eventually fell asleep letting my parents eat fine French dishes (onion soup and beef tartar). The food was good and the place was baby friendly.

We walked during the sunset on the (4) Garden Jardin des Tuileries, bought some ice cream and headed back to the hotel.

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – Sunday: we ate breakfast at the hotel, they call it special continental but it was basically cheese, ham, baguette, and croissant. My parents seem to be pleased but I’m sticking with my milk diet. That morning I took all the attention (because I can) and we managed to go out just around noon heading for our next attraction, (5) Place de la Concorde. I just love the obelisk, the fountain’ and the people that listening to stories about this important place during the revolution from their guide.

That was also the start of the most famous Avenue in the world (6) Champs-Élysées. The part in the park was nice but when we got to the part with shops it was too crowded. We couldn’t avoid it and start singing Aux Champs Elysées… We tried to cut through a side street just to find that there isn’t anything in that neighborhood other than Champs-Élysées.

After a nice 1h walk through the avenue, we got to (7) Arc de Triomphe. We took some photos and started to search for a place to have lunch.

We found a nice place, which was one of the few that were open on a Sunday, on our way to the Eiffel tower, La Mascotte which was very close to the Seine river and served traditional French food. The walk from there to the (8) Eiffel Tower was nice along the river. I think half of Paris was seating on the grass in front of the tower… so many people.

We had to rush away because mommy really wanted to see (9) Musée Rodin. We got there at 17:00 (the museum closes at 18:00). We didn’t have much time so we focused on the amazing garden which was the most relaxed bottle of milk I had during that next to the famous bronze sculpture of The Thinker.

After we were kicked out of the museum, we finished our day with a long walk through the (10) Jardin du Luxembourg. Beautiful garden that was created beginning in 1612, or at least that what mom said. It was nice to see the Parisian’s relaxing in the garden with a book or just sitting there with friends. As oppose to most of the other attractions, the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the beginning of the Champs Elysees which are visible from almost anywhere, Luxembourg Gardens are somewhat hidden in the city jungle, which made the visit even more enchanting.

Next stop, (11) Notre-Dame Cathedral. Dad kept saying how he knows the name of the Boulevard Saint-Michel which we passed on the way from his French lessons (no he doesn’t really speak French), and mom was extra excited when she got to a famous Shakespearian book store Shakespeare & Company, which is a must see. Dad and I waited outside admiring the sunset lights on the Notre-Dame Cathedral. I twitted, and immediately got a better view from mom’s hands as she picked me up.

I decided that I need to remind them who’s the boss, and before you knew it, they were latterly running to the hotel to make me a good bottle of milk for dinner. I fell asleep immediately after, but I still remember that they had a chance to drag me completely asleep to their date at Cocorico (the food was way better than the name). They were super nice, amazing food and I just let them enjoy their Paris romantic moment.

What’s there to see:

  • Orsay museum – The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France 
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • The Louvre – The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement. Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Garden Jardin des Tuileries – The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Address: 113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France 
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Place de la Concorde – The Place de la Concorde is one of the major public squares in Paris, France. It is the largest square in the French capital Address: 75008 Paris, France 
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Champs-Élysées – The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, 1.9 kilometers long and 70 meters wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Arc de Triomphe – The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France 
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Eiffel Tower – The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Musée Rodin – The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Address: 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Jardin du Luxembourg – Le Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. Address: 75006 Paris, France 
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral – Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France 
    • Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽

Accommodation:

  1. Hôtel de Lille – Address: 40 Rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, France; Phone: +33 1 42 61 29 09 Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  2. Airbnb – NOT RECOMMENDED for families in Paris. Be sure to triple check with your host to set the right expectations.  Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽

Food:

  1. La Rotonde St Honoré Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  2. La Mascotte Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  3. Cocorico Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽
  4. Chez Fernand Emma’s Rating: 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽 👶🏽

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