France is a very special country for my husband and I because it was our first European trip before he and I decided to get engaged and marry. After many years I was very excited to be in Paris again but this time was us plus 3 kids. We planned to be there a short period of time but long enough to enjoy a bit the city of lights and show the sights to our kids.
The Location and Sights
The Vendome was the area we stayed and it was a really good choice.
Walking distance to everywhere, steps from the most renowned fashion designer boutiques such as Chanel – her first store was at rue de Cambon, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli and many more. All stores have tax free and you need your passport get the refund savings – an amazing 20% . But you can’t forget to finish the refund process at the airport and have your goods with you in case they ask.
Cafes, restaurants and tea rooms were everywhere including also many chocolateries and macaroons stores.
A few blocks from our apartment was the Louvre and a big park ” Jardin Des
Tuileries” where the kids were very happy to play with local and tourist kids.
We spent 3 nights in Paris before our trip to Champagne region. Paris was very hot days and to walk with small kids explore Paris wouldn’t be smart so we took advantage of motorized carts called tuk tuk. They offer different package tours and the price varies from 30 euros to 60 euros. It was one of the best things we did, very fun, and driver was kind and stopped to for us to buy water and of course, champagne! We drove around the most important areas and monuments of Paris such as the: Louvre, Notre dame of Paris, Eifel Tower , The Opera, Arc d triumph. The driver was a wonderful guide telling us about the history of each place and gave a lot of tips about the Parisian lifestyle.
Paris is full of options and good food. At the rue Saint Honore just beside our apt was a very good cafe Le Castiglione, we had the classic beef tartare and escargot, the kids favourite was steak and frites. For drinks the rose all day was the best choice.
We also had the chance to buy groceries at Carrefour and it was fun to checkout the French brands and products. The eggs I bought eggs were so fresh – I found a feather on the package…lol!
The only place we planned to eat in Paris was the Michelin 3 star and number 12 Best Restautant of the World – La Arpege – commanded by Chef Alain Passard. He is very famous for his vegetable dishes and first in the world to have a completely vegetarian tasting menu in a upscale place. ( I will provide more details on L’Arpege Dining Experience.
Paris is beautiful and I can’t wait to go back and learn more about it.