Here we are! A long way from home, here in Paris, enjoying what we knew would be a fabulous time away together as a family. I mentioned in my last post about our quaint French apartment (read: tiny), and it has been the perfect place to lay our heads each night after the massive days we've had soaking it all in (it will be absorbing for months to come too).
We're having a ball, and as you can well imagine, the photos are piling up faster than I can ask (politely in English) for another glass of white wine. With that, dear IPOM readers, I figure pictures can do the noble work of talking here, as we've got another 2 incredible days in the city before we head south to the country.
I am thrilled to report that after the jet lag, and most importantly the perspective shift, life here is actually becoming beautifully relaxed. Instead of afternoon coffee, I have a glass of wine, and in place of my daily run, we walk all day long until dark. Dinners are simple (both out and in), breakfast is had in before we head out, and the family feels closer than ever before. This part of town is amazing, and we've got a produce market twice weekly just outside our door. The produce is almost as incredible as the bread & cheese, and cooking here in this kitchen has been a blast.
From the lover's bridge (Pont Des Arts) to Notre Dame to the classical beauty that is the Luxembourg Gardens, we've covered pretty much everything we set out to do so far. True to the plan, we hit one (or in some cases two) major sightsee a day, which is plenty considering we are travelling with an eight-year-old. Notre Dame, Pompidou Center, Luxembourg Gardens, Versailles, The Louvre, Musee D'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower were tops on our list. We've shopped (just a little, especially on account of many shop owners closing shop completely for the entire month of August), walked (a whole lot), and have truly lucked out with the weather (which has has been beyond spectacular). I hope you'll enjoy (just a little) of where we've been so far.