I've said it before but it is worth repeating - Paris is a very child friendly city. Although not in the ways you might expect (changing tables can be hard to find and a kid's menu is unheard of). For starters, Paris is a true walking city. It's large but you can get everywhere on foot or via public transit (foot is easier when with a stroller). There seems to be another gorgeous child friendly park or beautifully carved carousel on every corner. Finally there is the food - every restaurant, bakery, deli and shoppe has something mouth watering and makes for a great picnic on the go. Something I never truly appreciated before having a child. I don't mind missing fine dining when there are endless bakeries to explore.
So what exactly did we do on our most recent trip? There was a lot of meandering. And we stayed near the Trocadero this time so there were many visits to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle. It really never gets old even for me but it was pure joy for a sparkle obsessed two year old.
We hit our old favorites - Deyrolle, Monoprix, BHV, Champ de Mars, Tuileries, Montmartre and Angelina but also made time to make a few new favorites.
We got lucky and arrived just in time for the final days of the Harvest food festival (aka Vendanges de Montmartre) that happens just outside Sacre Coeur. Oh the deliciousness! We sampled the cuisines and wines from all over France until we had to be rolled down the hill. If you are ever in town in mid October, do not miss this!
I took a macaron making class that was excellent and gave me a whole new appreciation of those little cookies.
We got to visit the Marche des Enfants Rouge, a small open air market in the Marais. It only takes a few minutes to take a full tour but lots to see none the less.
We decided to take Aggie to her first fine art museum, the Musee d'Orsay. Formerly a train station, it picks up where the Louvre (which we will save for when she is a bit older) leaves off. It's large but a great spot to spend a few well timed hours.
Finally the Jardin de Plants. It had been recommended before but I'm so glad we finally got to visit. It's a beautiful park that happens to have an evolution museum, a natural history museum, a zoo and my new favorite carousel The Dodo Manege. Even though the weather wasn't perfect for our day there, it is an absolute must for kids of all ages.
All too soon it was time to pack up and go. Au Revoir! Until next time.