Guys, we have big news – Zara & I are going to Paris this summer! I have been dying to go to Paris for as long as I can remember, and Zara recently became infatuated with the Eiffel Tower and it’s twinkling lights so it’s kind of perfect.
If you’ve been with me for a while you might remember that going to Paris was on my 35 before 35 list, what you probably don’t know is, I’ve been trying to plan a trip to Paris with one of my best friends Dale for the last 3 years running. Some how it never quite comes together. I had honestly started to feel a bit disheartened about getting to Paris, and then Zara floated the idea of going for her 10th birthday (that girl dreams big).
At first I laughed it off – a trip to Paris for a 10th birthday, crazy right? The more I thought about it though, the more it felt like the right thing to do. I’ve traveled a lot for work the last year, and work a lot of long hours, and have been feeling a bit disconnected from my kids. What better way to reconnect than with a week of one on one time exploring a European city together!
As soon as I started leaning towards the ‘just do it’ feeling I had two hesitations pop up. The first was my promise to my friend Dale that I would go to Paris with her. Of course when I told her about this idea of going with Zara she was totally supportive (because she’s an awesome human and friend). She’s just happy I’m finally going. The second hesitation, leaving my son behind. He’s 13, super mature for his age and all that, but he’s still my baby and I didn’t want him to feel bad. I had a long chat with him about why I wanted to do this trip with Zara, and how I’d love to do something special with him at another time. At the end of the discussion I felt totally confident that he was okay with it. So tickets booked, and then secret kept from the Princess for 3 whole months – that was crazy. But now that I’ve told her, I can tell you guys because a) I love you in a weird internet way and lurve oversharing with you and…. b) I need your recommendations!!!
- Kid friendly restaurants in Paris
Z is 9 so it’s not really about highchairs, but more like places that have food kids will like
- Secret Gems
What’s a place that is worth visiting but wouldn’t be on the ‘tourist list’
- What’s overrated?
- Boat cruise reviews suggestions
I would really like to do a cruise around the Sienne in the evening – have you done one before? what company?
- Open air markets
Where should we go to experience this Parisian wonder?
Can you tell I’m a tiny bit excited by all the exclamation marks?!! Also if curiosity is killing you, we leave in 20 days