Paris was somewhere that I had always wanted to go. I imagined a romantic get away, strolling along pretty streets, sitting in pavement cafes watching the world go by, spending hours in the wonderful art galleries, sipping champagne in chic bars.
I finally made it to Paris in May 2007, with my gorgeous husband… And our 10 month old son, my sister and brother-in-law and my mother :)
My sister and her husband had rented a lovely apartment, and we all took advantage of this and joined them there!
We had a wonderful time. It was a week of lovely food, amazing baguettes and fabulous cheeses; sampling the local wines; visiting the sights, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur; absorbing the fabulous art in the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay. It was a week of firsts, our oldest discovered he could walk if he held our hands (which was the start of several back breaking months!); he sampled his first ice lolly, his first slice of lemon (the video of that is hilarious, mean parents!). It wasn’t quite the trip I had imagined, but it was amazing nonetheless.
We returned home, and I thought, well that’s that ticked off our list. Where to next?
Well, that would be Paris, again. Exactly a year later, we were back. This time with my in-laws :)
We rented a stunning apartment, making it very clear that we had a toddler at the time of booking… The owners had clearly missed/ignored this fact and appeared somewhat surprised (read: panicked) to see a small person arriving! The apartment was full of artwork, glass tables and ornaments… What followed was one of my more stressful half hours as my husband sorted out keys, deposits etc. and I chased an excitable toddler around while assuring a very nervous Frenchwoman that her fragile objects were perfectly safe…
Once they left, we hid everything reachable/breakable in a cupboard!
The apartment looked up towards Sacre Coeur and at night, this was our view.
This view, and the lovely week we spent revisiting and remembering our previous visit, while making new memories with my in-laws, more than made up for our rather shaky start!
Now, we just need to go back with all of our children (and other assorted family members!).
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