The final leg of our recent travels around Europe was Paris and I have to say it was the one that I was most looking forward to! It’s a city that both myself and Pete had visited separately before as I’d been on a college trip and with friends and Pete had been for work; but I was so excited to visit the city of love together and also to experience it with the boys!
I will say that even though I was so excited I was also slightly nervous what with the high terrorism alert but then I just had to remind myself that security would be high and scary things can happen anywhere in the world, you just have to have your wits about you.
So we arrived in Paris quite late at night and jumped straight in a taxi to our air bnb, which was in the most amazing location only a 5 minute walk from Notre-Dame! The studio apartment was really quaint, it was in a 17th Century listed Parisian building in the Marais area and to get to it you had to go through a tiny door within a huge wooden door and then under two vaults!
The only downside was that it wasn’t very accessible with kids, there was about 4 flights of narrow and uneven stairs and no cot for Jenson so we didn’t get the best nights sleep there at all!
However we made the most of the prime location and the glorious weather and spent our days out and about exploring the city!
Our first day kickstarted with a Withlocals tour around Paris; our host Valentina met us at Notre-Dame and I felt all the childhood excitement while telling Jasper the tale of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame! Pete didn’t come on this tour with us as he hurt his back quite badly and had a meeting to attend so myself, Valentina and the boys strolled around the city stopping off at so many beautiful places!
What’s fantastic about the Withlocals tours is that if you go on a tour with your children the host brings some activities to make the journey even more fun; Valentina had a little book of French words for Jasper to learn as well as a treasure hunt which he loved taking part in!
As well as stopping at some of the larger tourist attractions like The Louvre and Arc du Triumph, we also stopped at quaint cafes, the Shakespeare Bookstore, The Luxembourg Gardens and some beautiful parks!
I absolutely adored the cobbled streets lined with beautiful restaurants, cafes and shops and we even spotted a lot of street art that turned into a little game for Jasper!
Later that day we had a second Withlocals tour with Isabel who took us to the most beautiful flower market and chocolate shop where Jasper chose himself a ‘Hulk green’ macaron!
As that evening was our only proper one there due to us arriving so late the night before we decided to head out for a fancy dinner and the city really did look so pretty as the sun set!
Our second and last day in Paris (yes we take ‘flying visit’ quite literally) was spent with one mission in mind – to get a cute picture in front of the Eiffel Tower! So after a quick spot of breakfast with me clock watching as we had a small window of opportunity between predicted rain and us needing to get a taxi to the airport; he headed over the see the Tour de Eiffel in all of it’s glory.
Well as you can see Jasper looked thrilled to be in the snap and Jenson just wanted to find his bottle but I got my picture and the boys got to play in a park right next to the Eiffel Tower which I don’t think they’ll appreciate until they’re much older!
Our trip to Paris was so perfect and now that we’ve done the main tourist attractions I can’t wait to go back and see a bit more of the hidden gems of the city! Have you been to Paris? If so what great places would you recommend?
Thanks for reading,