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When I was 18 I went on a short break to Paris with my mum, dad and sister. It was amazing. We went to art galleries, ate in lovely cafes and I discovered the best bookshop in the world – Shakespeare and Company.
Since that short trip I’ve been dreaming of going back. I’ve never been to the French capital with my husband, but I know that if we were to go, we would have the best time. Living in the countryside means we love the odd break to a city (we honeymooned in Havana) and Paris is a city and a half. We also love a nice hotel, and a quick look on Hotel Direct shows there’s no shortage of those in Paris.
Last year the NLM’s cousin moved to Paris for work. Ever since then a mini break there has been even more real, as it might finally give us the kick up the backside to organise ourselves.
There are a few things that make Paris the ideal place for a short break for frazzled parents. Read on for some insider tips to Paris from other parent bloggers too…
It’s easy to get to:
You can get to Paris in a matter of hours via the Channel Tunnel, meaning lengthy plane journeys don’t cut into your short time away.
It’s cheaper than going to New York:
The lack of flight means a mini break to Paris is kinder on the pocket than a mini break to, say, New York. It also means you don’t have the additional cost of airport parking or overnight stays in hotels the night before your flight. I call that a win.
There’s SO much to do:
From art galleries (the Picasso gallery was my favourite) to tourist hotspots like the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral in Notre Dame, to parks and tiny bookshops, posh restaurants and cosy cafes, there is so much to do in Paris a short break won’t feel like enough. When you’re used to being busy it’s nice to just sit back and relax on a short break, but the thing I love about Paris is that the option’s there to do other things should you feel more energetic.
TIP: “Try not to plan too much, as half the joy of Paris is wandering around, stopping for a coffee when you feel like it and soaking it all in.” – Cat from Yellow Days.
TIP: “If the weather is good avoid being cooped up in galleries and spend time taking in sculpture outdoors. Rodin’s garden is incredible, see The Thinker amongst beautiful roses.” – Penny from A Residence.
There’s SO much to eat:
It’s no secret that Paris is a bit of a foodie paradise. As a huge lover of bread (even though it doesn’t love me back) I don’t think you can go far wrong with a big hunk of baguette accompanied with some delicious camembert or brie. Then again, I’m also partial to the works of art you can buy in the specialist patisseries – the caramelised fruit on top of a buttery, crumbly pastry filled with custard… Mmmmm. And then there’s Moule Mariniere, crème brule, crepes, not to mention the incredible chocolate. Just remember to pack a pair of trousers with an elasticated waistband.
TIP: “Go to Procope Café. Nobody has heard of it but the history of the place is astonishing.” – Tanya from Mummy Barrow.
Have you been to Paris? What would your number one tip be?
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Mummy Barrow said:
Oh Molly I can’t believe you and the NLM have not been to Paris! You should. Do it. Do it. Do it. It’s such a great city to wander around and just see where you end up.
I will come and babysit and you two can sneak off for a weekend, as long as you bring me some macarons back from L’aduree.
Great. I am busy this weekend, but what about next weekend?
Just as soon as we’ve sorted a new boiler we will take you up on that offer!
Love Paris. Have been with husband before children and en famille. We’ve done the tourist bits, the sights, the side streets, the flea markets. Big Welsh treated me to the top of the Eiffel Tower on a cloudy day, no queues! Don’t fall into that trap!! I’m taking my firstborn to Paris on 13 July, when she wakes up the next day she will be 16 and Paris will be celebrating her birthday in style. There’s so much to see and do, eat and drink you must go!
Wow what a birthday treat – that’s going to earn you some serious mum points! We really do need to organise ourselves to go on a trip there. It’s so easy to get there, there’s really no excuse.
We went for our first wedding anniversary as a sort of compensation for the honeymoon (I got appendicitis and was in hospital for lots of it) and we both loved it. We want to take the girls some day but I think they just need to be a bit bigger. So top tips, well we loved the Bateau-Bus, breakfast people watching on the Champs Elysee is a must and a good potter around Montmatre – but really it’s just too lovely not to enjoy!
Oh I loved Montmatre when I went all those years ago. This is seriously making me yearn to go back! X
Perfect place for a baby moon, which, by the way you are still entitled to for a second child xxxx thanks for including my tip – but if you do take Frog too, perfect place for her to run free is Rodin’s garden and Jardin de Luxembourg!
She would love it – I think I need two trips…