A very special part of our travels through France this month was a little family reunion in Paris. Stephanie (my sister) and her husband, Steve, are spending three months living in Paris; and since we were in France too, my parents and my brother and sister-in-law decided to join in the fun. It was a really cool experience to all be here together, especially since the one and only time I'd visited Paris before was with my family.
Trevor and the girls had never been, however; and neither had my sister-in-law, Lacey; so we made good use of our time, just being together but also taking in a lot of the sights. Since I'd seen it, but didn't think the girls could handle it, we sent Trev through the Lourve on his own one day. And all Edith and Iris could talk about seeing was the Eiffel Tower (I think they knew it from Madeline?!), so we made sure to make a morning of that. Of course, we fit in some beautiful churches--Notre Dame and Sacre-Cœrs--plus the necessary time one must simply wander the streets of Paris, half lost, totally enamored.
Since we had a few babysitters on-hand, Trev and I got out for some good food one night. May we absolutely recommend Au Passage for a fun night out (with plenty for the vegetarians); it's all small plates, plus traditional desserts and a solid local wine list. If history is your deal, my parents opted for the oldest restaurant in Paris, Procope (est. 1686), where Napoleon once dined and then left his hat because he had no money to pay for his dinner. Trev, the girls, and I also did a lunch at Miznon; we actually waited in line for the spot to open, and it was just absolutely worth it (I almost never say that). The food was so creative and delicious, but just tons of good vibes inside too. We had a blast that afternoon, followed by chocolates and macrons from Maison Georges Larnicol! Typically, I can take or leave a macron, but, when in Paris, you know? And these? Yeah, I'll take these every time.