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This apartment was  slightly (really) over our budget, but it included everything on my apartment rental wish list: two bedrooms, bathtub for kids, washer/dryer, fantastic location (bonus: in the rich-with-history Palais Royal – Palais Royal Gardens literally at our doorstep), walking distance to the Louvre and Tuileries Garden, and next to a main metro station. […]

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Eiffel Tower at Night

  It was twilight. We were cozy in our apartment after spending our last day in Paris visiting Sacre Coeur. As I began packing our bags, a feeling nagged at me, as if we forgot to do something, but I couldn’t figure out what. Then it hit me – we never saw the Eiffel Tower […]

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Sacre Coeur

  It was our last day in Paris. We spent the morning where we began our trip only eight days before, in the Tuileries Garden. We lounged in the green chairs that circle the fountain, watching workers dismantle the outdoor art sculpture exhibit they erected the morning we arrived. But lounging is for people who […]

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Metro Sign

  We loved riding the Metro. It was the fastest and easiest way to zip from one side of Paris to the other. There are many online sites that thoroughly describe how to buy a Metro ticket, explain the complex Metro map, how easy it is to transfer between trains, and so on. What I […]

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  Have you ever made a friend online?   I met my first internet friend Julia from England, on a travel forum when I posted that I was pregnant with twins several years ago. Julia was not only a Mom of twin boys, she was a family-travel enthusiast; we immediately clicked.  What began as a […]

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St. Sulpice Cathedrale, Paris

  Herding kids through Paris wasn’t easy. Because there is just so much to see when you’re only four feet high. They’d step into a street to watch a leaf floating in a puddle, oblivious to the bus lumbering towards them. They’d dance, run or wrestle on the sidewalks, bumping into bystanders.  They’d see something […]

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View of Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Square

  She towered in front of us, an intricate shadow against a blindingly bright morning sky. A touristy grin spread from ear to ear, and I squealed to the kids “Look! Look! It’s the Eiffel Tower!” We were standing on the terrace in front of the Palais Chaillot, which not only looks over the Jardins […]

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While researching our trip to Paris, the theme I saw time and again, was that Paris was family-friendly because of its numerous parks. There are small ones where you’d least expect them (next to Notre Dame).  Or parks with fountains, tennis courts, cafes, and breathtakingly beautiful ones — like  Luxembourg Gardens. Luxembourg Gardens is an […]

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Arc de Triomphe

I stood at the base of the Arc de Triomphe full of awe and fear. You see, I’m scared of heights. I worry that for some dumb reason I’ll throw myself over the edge, something I did once before. When I was 16 years old, I jumped off a 30 ft cliff into the ocean in […]

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Boy in front of St. Sulpice statue Paris

Conversation with Ethan (4 years old) outside of Saint- Sulpice Church in Paris: Ethan: Mom, he’s gawd. Me: (shocked) Did you just say he’s GOD? Ethan: No, he’s the guard. (Pointing to the homeless man sitting at the church entrance) And he’s a guard, too.

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