Since I left Paris, where I used to live for ten years as s PR in fashion, I try to go back at least once a year to visit my friends and colleagues. I’ve always loved this city, felt an attraction since I was a young child, and when it became my home town, a dream came true.
Now I share my passion with my children, who being half French, get the chance to discover French culture and history first hand each time we visit.
Traveling with kids, especially to a city during summer can be challenging. Here are a few things we did while in the city of love.
Never go without your Paris street map. A bit retro in the times of google map, I know, however there is no better way to discover a city than by getting lost a couple of times and finding your way back with a printed map.
Find the ‘MONA LISA’ at the Louvre Museum
Creative history and contemporary art de vivre. Push your way through : why there is no system and queue to look at this tiny master piece of art by Leonardo de Vinci puzzles me, but this is Paris and we don’t criticize.
C’est comme ca!
Have a terrace lunch with an old friend.
The best of it? People watching! One of our favourites is the ‘LEZARD CAFE‘ This is my long time friends cafe . It serves the best terrace lunches, and you are bound to bump into some fascinating creative people over a glass of wine or an espresso.
Feed the ducks at the Parc Monceau.
Finding a piece of green, a quiet place to relax is not always so easy, but there are a few parks in this beautiful city which are great for afternoon play for your kids. The kiosk in this park is amazing by the way. Serving Illy coffee, fresh croissants from the bakery nearby, tea from Mariage Freres and candy old style and new for memories sake.
We love vintage.
We buy our books second hand long the, quais, the Seine river bank. Some to collect, some to bring back to friends. There surely something for everyone’s taste. I love the smell of old books. It makes reading them even better.
ENJOY PARIS with Kids!
Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress, dress impeccably and they remember the women. Coco Chanel