Bonjour from Paris!
Disclaimer: Lots of food talk with no pictures of food due to baby freak outs. Sorry.
We arrived on Saturday and let’s just say our journey was beyond any type of exhaustion I’ve ever felt. I blame myself for this as I chose to fly into Zurich and then take a 4 hour train to Paris right after we landed. My poor baby did not handle the last part of the trip very well.
As soon as we checked into our apartment on 47 Rue Etienne Marcel, I got a second wind (as well as Phoebe) and we went for a walk to see the glass pyramids by the Louvre. We also stopped at a little crepe stand and got a jambon and fromage crepe and some french fries for Phoebe. It was very peaceful and quiet and an excellent way to start our trip.
Phoebe was up from 12:30 am to 4 am that night and we all slept in until after 11:30am the next morning. We walked around the Rue Montorgueil and had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien. We had a waffle with strawberries and instead of syrup they drizzle it with warm chocolate sauce. I wore my mom jeans that have the elastic waist band, so we went all out and ordered a Tomato and Eggplant Quiche, croissant, ham and cheese plate, and a fresh pressed orange juice.
When in Paris, always leave room for expansion.
The rest of our Paris stay we did the typical Parisian tourist activities- Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, city bus tour, Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, Galeries Layfette, Laduree pastries, and Le Jardin d’Acclimatation. We also had dinner with some friends at their home in Bois Colombe. I met them when I studied in Paris in 2008 and we’ve kept in touch since then. Jerome and Aurelia are always so warm and welcoming, and this time around was no different. They served us typical French food- Beef Tartare, Grilled Potatoes, Salad and Cantaloupe. The beef and cantaloupe together were the perfect combination of savory and sweet.
I had all of these big plans to go to some of the most amazing restaurants in Paris…like sure I can bring a 1 year old to these places, no problem. Right?
Well, Phoebe was on her own “I don’t give two shits about what you want to do devil woman” agenda, so we picked our dining spots based on the following:
1.) enough space to fit our American-sized Hummer stroller in comfortably
2.) no crowd so we weren’t disturbing people with screams/toys flying/food thrown across the place
3.) French fries. We have to have french fries because that is the only god blessed food Phoebe would eat while we were in Paris.
Overall, our Paris stay has been wonderful. We definitely didn’t see and do as much and took things much slower than we normally would now that we have a baby.
And now we say adieu to Paris. The city of light and the city that I love.