Paris seems to have an endless amount of things to do, places to see, restaurants to try so we decided to make a return visit to this wonderful city for the kid's February break. We found this great apartment on AirBnB that was in a very central and walkable neighborhood on the edge of the 4th and 11th arrondissement border. This is the first place we've rented as a family using AirBnB and I have to say, it was a little fun observing the sexiness of the place including but not limited to: nipple covers on the dining table! (see photo), a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey on the bedside table along with a stack of European fashion mags (read... topless models), a lovely note scrawled onto the chalkboard wall welcoming us with "hello beautiful people...", chic toiletries for us to use including a Tom Ford body wash, and a small fridge mostly packed with coffee/tea/and chocolate. The boys were in heaven with the abundance of toys from their 3-year-old and Bijou was delighted with her introduction to Apple TV which I chalked up to as "educational" since the films were in French.
The downside to the week was that some us were starting to feel sick, but we were in Paris so we went ahead with the scheduled activities, only to be later regretted when we all became violently ill at Disneyland. Our kid friendly activities included the following...
Cite des enfants, the science museum.
Musee de la Magie, a magic museum.
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, the circus.
We had a mixture of rain and sunshine on this spring visit. The Jardin des Tuileries was quite different at this time of the year than it was in the summer when a visiting carnival sets up camp. I enjoyed it so much more with it lone standing Parisian carousel, trampolines and reflection pools. Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch at Angelina's which at first glance looked intimidating with it's chic decor but it turned out to be quite child-friendly.
It's been so nice having a slow approach to this city and not feeling like we need to do any more than one outing a day. It seems to be a perfect balance for the kids. An outing in the morning, lunch out, nap (maybe), and then maybe a neighborhood walk or nearby park in the afternoon and take-out for dinner. This seems to be my go-to travel formula with young kids. Any time we try dinner out at a restaurant or two museums in one day it is often regretted and a few more grey hairs show up on my head :-(