|Seb with his new baby brother Charlie ~maybe Paris 2020?|
|Danielle and I on the terrace of Nomiya|
Last year, we felt the time had come and so we started planning. Airfare was booked and a wonderful apartment in the 11th was reserved. Initially, we had thought we would stay in the Marais, where we have enjoyed so many of our stays in Paris, but we knew about this large studio in the 11th that had a wonderful private garden and we thought Sebastian would enjoy having the open space. We are looking forward to breakfast in the sunshine (hopefully ~ do you hear that, rainclouds!) and relaxing glasses of wine (and juice for Seb) in the late afternoon after a day of walking and exploring.
Our beautiful apartment near the Bastille
Then, being the obsessive control freak that I am, I started building a list of activities and events geared to kids and bookmarking them. We also gave Seb a great book we got from the D'Orsay Museum on one of our last visits and asked him to start looking at it and noting places he would like to see. I really wanted him to have an interest and make his own contributions to planning his trip. We told him that we had been to Paris several times and that we had seen what we wanted to see, so this trip was for him. He didn't initially spend much time on this, but in the last few months, as the trip had gotten closer, he has put together a 2 page list of things he wants to do, places he wants to see and things he wants to eat (well, he is my grandson!). Some of the things on his list are the usual ~ the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the gargoyles at Notre Dame, a Seine cruise, etc. Some come from us telling him about some of the experiences we've enjoyed ~ the cruise on Canal St Martin, going to the Bastille market, hot chocolate at Angelina's, and crossing the Pont Alexandre III in the evening to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle.
|Pont Alexandre III|
|Canal St Martin cruise|
|Seine cruise at sunset|
|Bastille market on a Sunday morning|
Of course, he wants to go see Mona and the Pyramid, and we want to bring him to Luxembourg, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Parc d'Acclimation, Euro Disney, Parc Monceau, the Science Center at La Vilette, the little train in Montmartre, the Rodin Gardens and the trampolines in the Tuilleries.
There's crepes, macarons, croques monsieurs, baguettes, pain au chocolat, ice cream and gelato, and so much more to be eaten. We've got a kid's cooking class booked at Atelier Guy Martin and a special dinner reserved at Euro Disney that will then get us a reserved viewing space for the 20th anniversary fireworks! We will probably start our trip off with a Foxcity tour on their double decker bus to give Seb an overview of the city and what he can look forward to during the upcoming days. I thought this would be an easy thing to do on our first day when we will all be fighting jet lag.
|Louvre Pyramid at sunset|
|L'Etoile D'or, candy and chocolate heaven|
|Medici Fountain at Luxembourg Gardens|
|Lovers at the top of Parc Buttes Chaumont|
To close this very long post (can you tell I haven't blogged in a while and have a lot to say, lol?), here are some observations that Seb has made in the last few days:
"I know there will be a lot of walking, but the macarons and pain au chocolate will help me get through it"
"I know most kids would be happy to be getting out of school, but I'm just so excited to be going to Paris"
"I want it to be next week now!"
"We will have to find some cheap stuff because I'm not a rich man, you know" ~ after some of his friends asked him to bring them some souvenirs from Paris.
Is it any wonder we love this child with all our hearts! Paris get ready, here we come.......
|Seb on Danielle and Paul's wedding day in Vegas last year|