As many of you know, my husband and I subscribe to the theory of taking our daughter with us globetrotting. We have so many stories and beloved spots so to capture our memories and inspire some thought starters for other mommies and daddies of global citizens, I’m documenting Vivien’s Travels by sharing her, and our, top 7 favorite experiences in cities around the world. Happy traveling…..
Today we take you to Paris:
Vivien was 4 when we took her to Paris for the first time and she will tell you – it was magical. The City of Lights is one of the easiest places to travel with children. Here are some our favorite spots.
1. Ladurée Tea Salon: The windows of this shop are a dream alone and Ladurée is the loveliest, most sweet and elegant place for demi princesses. Enjoy breakfast there – I recommend a croissant and a 3 minute egg (a European delicacy that I’ve not seen stateside). Then stock up on macaroons in every color that melt in your mouth and whose packaging alone is a delectable gift. One is opening soon in NY but for the real experience; go to the original at 16 Rue Royale.
2. Paris Opera Garnier: During my first experience seeing a La Sylphide at the Paris Opera the summer after college, I promised myself I would come back again when I had a daughter. Years later, I couldn’t have been more excited to introduce Vivien to the stunning palace that is the Paris Opera Garnier. Whether a ballet is showing or not, the tour of the Paris Opera house will provide endless oohs and aahs for your own ballerina.
3. Place des Vosges: After walking around all day, let your little ones run wild at the children’s park in the Place de Vosges. Surrounded by the apartments of French history including Victor Hugo’s residence, there is nothing like a little fun then a snack and chocolate milk at a café on the square.
4. Repetto: Happy mommies make happy babies and when you pick up a pair of beautiful Repetto ballerina flats, you’ll be walking as pretty as Brigitte Bardot (she insisted on a red pair for And God Created Women). Little ladies will love the windows and the rainbow colors of ballerina flats they display.
5. Palais Royale: Lots of outdoor space for children to let off steam while daddy watches and mommy shops at Didier Ludot and Gabriel Geppert!
6. Musee Marmotton: Children can get up close and surrounded by Monet’s paintings at this luxurious townhouse in the far West side of the city. It’s the most intimate setting to experience his grand art.
7. Bistro Les Deux Magots: Hemingway may no longer be found scratching away on his latest novel but his spirit remains and a lovely way to begin the morning or let the afternoon pass is people watching while munching on chocolate croissants at this timeless café.
We were also lucky enough to be in Paris during the Marches de Noel or Christmas market on the Champs Elysees which was enough to make any tot love Paris. Of course, the twinkling Eiffel Tower is ever present in the evening and it would be hard for anyone not to go to sleep with sweet dreams in the city of lights.