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Parle vous huh?

Posted in Paris, traveling with tags , on March 23, 2008 by erin

French is such a pretty language. They all sound so happy when they speak. My two years of French isn’t really cutting it. I get a word here or there. Piscine*a swimming pool. Bibliothèque*a library. And yeah, that’s about it. Oh, well of course Merci and Bonjour.

Today started with two kids getting stuck in an elevator. On Easter Sunday. Great. Glad one of them was not mine.

After we got the kids out of the elevator, thanks to a very nice french man, we did a bunch of touristy things. Traveling with another family we are not always free to do exactly what we want. We hit the Eiffel Tower again in hopes of better weather. It was a beautiful sunny and windy day but a little chilly. Unfortunately for us we couldn’t make it to the top with Petunia.

I’m finding that I prefer to peruse the streets of a city instead spending all my time with a thousand other tourists. I enjoy peaking at sites like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées but not stick around for too long, take the token photo and get out of there. Man there are a lot of tourists here. Of course the Champs was the big event for my husband who is a cyclist and any cyclist is a huge Tour de France fan.

We have found the metro system here is very confusing and huge and getting a stroller in and out takes two people. The metro here is much cleaner than Rome.

Oh and baguette, check
croissant, check
more crepes, check
cappuccino, check

Next we venture to Normandy and then onto London. I hope we will still have computer access in London. If not from our place, an Internet cafe. It will be interesting traveling in a foreign country that speaks the same language. Petunia is enjoying the French formula and diapers. Oh, and still waking from 10 to 1. And me, not really sleeping. My time clock is still messed up but really, why do I need sleep? I’m in Paris.

Paris Day Two

Posted in Paris, traveling with tags , on March 22, 2008 by erin

I love this city. I love that we were entirely lost the fist day wandering the streets until we found our little apartment. Our place is in the first arrondissements pretty much the heart of the city. Very close to the Louvre. The second day we start to recognize some land marks around our place and visit some little french bistros and by the end of the day we have scouted out a market for fresh pasta, one for bread, one for fruit and veggies and another for diapers, wipes and other necessary baby items. We of course stopped by a crape stand which I hope to visit again and again. Petunia LOVED the crapes, and loved might be an understatement. We made it to the Louvre, holy cow is that place huge. Another understatement. It took several hours to finally reach the Mona Lisa, which is really small, I thought the painting would be much larger. All in all a great day aside from the once again 10pm to 1am waking for Petunia, this time we learned though. We got up and played with her until she was sleepy again.

Paris

Posted in Paris, traveling with tags , on March 21, 2008 by erin

I’m writting from Paris, still can’t believe I’m here. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to go to Paris. It’s beautiful and cold and wet and frenchy. So far we have been to the Eiffel Towel but it was so cold rainy and windy we will venture to the top another day. We also went to Notre Dame the most visited site in Paris. Completely awesome beautiful French Gothic Architecture. Petunia is doing great considering her time clock is screwed up. We did have the 11pm to 2am wakeup and why can’t I play right now session. Then we all slept in till 10am. Schedule schmedule.

We had a bit of a rough start with our stroller. I debated about bringing our bugaboo or purchasing a 20 dollar stroller. Turns out the second option would have been the right choice. Our stroller was completely destroyed, bent to hell. Stupid Air France. A nice sum of cash down the drain. Good news is Air France is going to caugh up the cash for a new one and it is mostly useable for this trip. And now we don’t have to worry about anything else happening to it.

Tomorrow we are tackeling The Louvre and the Champs Ellysées and Arc de Triomphe.