Jardin des Plantes.
Berthillon ice cream is really great. Out of the flavors we tried, I preferred the pistachio to chocolate. I didn't think the chocolate was very balanced in that it was sooo chocolatey and not very creamy. I would have prefered more cream to it! But still worth a stop.
And lets not forget candy shops! My favorite that I've been to is Le Bonbon au Palais. It's not too far from Jardin des Plantes, and it's around the corner from a playground (good to know if you have kids in tow). And it's also around the corner from a place called Breakfast in America, which is just what it sounds like, a good o'l diner kinda place. No Waffle House in Paris, but they do have BIA. Get a milkshake. But don't forget to save room for your candy...
My plan with the kiddos worked pretty well most days. I was very impressed with Lois. We were usually out each day from about 10am-5pm, and I'm amazed that I had little trouble getting her to walk home (or walk to a bus or train station to get home). She had to walk though since we didn't bring a stroller, and I was carrying Ellie in a carrier. (We decided not to bring the stroller because we never use one for Lois at home anyway, and Ellie is still small enough to be carried pretty easily in the carrier. I knew the stroller would just be another level of anxiety for me--pushing it into teensy shops, clunking my way down narrow sidewalks, etc.). Just look at lil' Miss Confidence!
Paris has beautiful parks, many of which are wonderful for kids. We stayed right next to Luxembourg Gardens in the 5th. We could have easily just gone there every day. The gardens are lovely, the playground is fantastic (though you do have to pay a few euros to get in), there's a carousel there, and on the weekends, children can rent sailboats in the fountains and take pony rides. Lois enjoyed her first pony ride! There's also a marionette theater in the park. They have shows on Wednesdays and the weekend, I think. We didn't go to one this visit but have before and they are wonderful. A visit to Luxembourg Gardins is easily an all day place with kids if you want it to be. The sailboats are especially charming I think. If you're hungry, two wonderful places to eat are Bread and Roses and Au Petit Suisse.
The park gets quite full on a nice weekend! In Paris people are often not allowed on the grass, but they do allow it sometimes, I guess the weekends are one of those times. The flower beds in the park are very beautiful so be sure to stroll by a few of them.shlumpadinka outfits for an Eiffel Tower picnic in this family!
I had a good time comparing lots of pictures of Lois last year in Paris to this year's visit. I have a bunch of these comparison sorts of photos, but unless you're her mom, I doubt you'd be that interested! But it's really fun for me to see her last year compared to this year in the exact same spots in various places. I hope she'll appreciate these photos when she's older. I might have to go back to Paris every year just to keep it up! (This photo has a wide white border, sorry for what seems like a huge gap.)
I was happy to revisit some of my favorite places. I stopped into La Droguerie for some craft inspiration and went to Rue Montorgueil right nearby to treat my tummy to some Stohrer pastries, specifically a puits d'amour (like a creme brûlée in a pastry).
The general street scenes and window shopping around this area are wonderful.
I also went to one of my favorite streets, Rue Saint Paul (you can find a list of shops on that street and in the area here). Two of my favorites are Au Petit Bonheur La Chance and EW, which are practically next door to each other (you can read my article on Au Petit here). More on this area here.
Andrew was busy working most of the time, but we did get 1.5 whole days with him. Here he is being silly with Lois.
I have so many more pictures, but those are the highlights! And below are a few more snapshots. If I posted all my photos from our week, you'd need a whole day just to scroll through them. But I hope you've enjoyed a bit of our Paris week! Here again is a map of a few of my favorite places in case you are interested. I'm already looking forward to going back. I miss this view from our balcony!
The best macaroons were in this pink box below! Love their macaroons!
Lil' Miss at a market.
Pretty flower shop.
An evening stroll.
I did bring our new camera but all of these photos are with my iPhone, using instagram. I'm having a terrible time getting out of the habit of using my phone to take pictures! It's just so easy and familiar to pull out my phone. I did take some with our new little camera (a great little camera, by the way if you're in the market for a good, lightweight camera), and so I might add to this post once I get them off the camera. Au revoir until next time!