Picking up from part one of our Paris recap... here are a few more highlights from our trip that I highly recommend.
Trips are always a great time to do a "first"....for example, baby's first macaron.
In case you were unclear, she liked it!
In terms of transportation we mostly walked everywhere but we took a few subway rides as well. Its a bit of a pain to carry a stroller down the steps but thankfully Mr. Limestone works out.
We shameless do the tourist things no matter where we go. True, it does bring my street coolness down a few factors but I'm okay with that.
The hardened new yorker inside me rolls her eyes.
Impromptu picnics are always a good idea. Agatha fully immersed herself in french cuisine that week by eating as much bread and cheese as her mean parents (who kept trying to get her to eat some vegetables!) would allow.
Since we are on the topic of eating, let's discuss how meals in restaurants go. Obviously there is no truly leisurely meals when eating with a toddler but we did eat in restaurants a lot and enjoyed it. Sometimes there were high chairs, sometimes there were not. When there were no high chairs we were able to push her stroller up to our table or sit in a booth. No matter where we went we got warm welcomes. Generally we were able to get two courses and a bottle of wine before Agatha had had enough which I consider a big win.
I don't like to pay for international data so I don't have my smart phone to help me navigate. Luckily its impossible to get lost in Paris in a bad way but I do carry a hotel map for consultation.
Even if you do end a little lost, you won't be disappointed. You might wander into something wonderful like toy boats sailing by (yes, this is a public park!) or...
a little street art? or a bicycle race where the participants were all dressed in 1940 period clothing?
Insert corny cliche here about taking time to smell....you get the idea.
As everyone knows, Paris is an expensive city but this might have been our cheapest trip there yet. Mostly because its just easier to walk with a stroller than take a cab, it's easier to have a park picnic than sit down to a fancy dinner and the things an 17 month old most enjoys (running in the grass, whooshing down a playground slide, walking on a sidewalk) are 100% free!
Not all shown above but I highly recommend the follow
BHV great Marais dept store that sells everything from clothing to sewing notions to home decor to toys
Deyrolle quite possibly the most amazing store in the world for taxidermy - i'd love to throw a party here
Le Relais de l'Entrecote worth the line + the hype - they make the most amazing steak frites
Astier de Villatte an amazingly gorgeous store filled with ceramics and other treasures you'll want to bring home
Richard Lenoir Market - This avenue is packed with fresh food vendors with a few great souvenir options as well
I think that wraps up all my tips on traveling with a toddler to Paris.( I do have one more post to share with some professional family photos coming up tomorrow and then I promise to shut up!)
Have your own travel tips or favorite spots to share? Feel free to chime in!