Paris with a Preschooler

Shocker - I just love Paris (check out our past trip recaps from 2007, 2012 and 2014's Paris with a Toddler)  There is something about returning to a great destination that makes it extra fun.  For one thing, we have already hit the "must do" sites so there is a lot less pressure of cramming it all in.  We can revisit old favorites and discover new things we wouldn't have time to do otherwise.  And that is just what we did a few weeks ago.
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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.  

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All too soon it was time to pack up and go.  Au Revoir! Until next time.

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21 comments:

  1. Aggie is gorgeous! I'd love to know how many days you spent in Paris for this trip.

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    1. Thanks Kelly. We were there for 5 days - arriving on a Saturday and leaving first thing on a Thursday.

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  2. I think Aggie is the most stylish child I've ever seen.

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  3. Love seeing Paris through your lens, but Oh my goodness, I love how chic Aggie looks in her adorable outfits and styling pink scarf tied with Parisian flair. XO

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  4. Stunning! I love your pics and sensibility!

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  5. Always enjoy seeing Paris through your lens. Musee d'Orsay is my favourite spot in Paris.

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  6. Your daughter is such a doll!

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  7. Paris suits your gorgeous daughter to a T!

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  8. Do you stay in hotels or a vacation rental? We are looking for a child friendly place to stay with a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old.

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    1. We stayed in an apartment hotel this time - the Citadines. Kind of a nice mix between the services of a hotel with the space of an apartment. There are definitely cheaper options if you go with AirBnb type rentals but I tend to be a little bit uncomfortable staying in a strangers apartment with my daughter so I prefer an apartment hotel if I can swing it. You could also get two adjoining rooms at a regular hotel - sometimes that is cheaper.

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  9. I just loved Paris and so looking forward to going back next year with my husband! One day I'll being the kids along too.....love seeing Paris though your lens!

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  10. All your pics are gorgeous, but I LOVE the one of Aggie jumping in front of the Tower! :)

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  11. How about you take me along to Paris next time and Aggie can show me all the cute places to shop? She's adorable.

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  12. I keep forgetting to add that I think it is SOOO cool that you took a class while you were there! And have you thought about going in with a group of friends/family and buying a small apartment?

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  13. Gorgeous pictures, Mrs. Limestone! Aggie is a doll.

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  14. Beautiful images!! Love Paris....spent a couple of semesters there. Lucky you. Aggie is beautiful!

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  15. I love you love Paris, your pictures are beautiful.

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  16. Do you speak any French? I have been twice and wished I had brushed up a little more on my high school french ;). I would love nothing more than to take my husband but it has been over a decade since my last visit. Freaking gorgeous pictures!!

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    1. No, not a word. I have tried to learn a little but I'm terrible with languages and nothing ever seems to click in my brain. Although honestly, I've found that no matter where we go with very few exceptions, we get along fine no matter how big the language gap is (for example in japan its much more extreme) In Paris, so many signs are in english or close enough for your to decipher that it's not a problem at all.

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    2. That is wonderful to hear!! I am thinking of a 10th anniversary trip! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure! Cheers!

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  17. First of all, I couldn't love this photo journey more!! And I stumbled on that Harvest market a couple of years ago while fabric shopping ("Hey, I wonder what's going on up there?") and it was the best accidental travel plan EVER. I still dream of the food I bought there, and just finished using a sack of the most amazing sea salt I've ever tasted.

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