Well, we made it.
To be blogged later, because it frankly continues to occupy a great deal of my mental space: surviving the airplane flight from Texas to Paris.
I find myself drained at the end of each day, what with figuring out directions, knowing whereabouts of a certain independent-minded four-year-old, the various ways to serve a baguette and some oranges and call it “dinner,” and other housekeeping issues. But we are, of course, having an amazing time. Our hostess/tour guide/child sherpa is blogging more substantively about the various sights we’ve seen and things we’ve learned.
For now, the biggest hit – apart from seeing the Eiffel Tower – the boats at the Jardin des Tuileries, in front of the Louvre:
I told myself we would take it easy and not try to do everything under the sun, and I would say we’ve been…moderately successful. The main thing is getting to be in FRANCE. We were under the weather today, though, after a few days of cold, rainy weather, and we ended up doing very little. So we’ve revised our plans a bit more, trying to incorporate the biggies (seeing the Eiffel Tower EVERY DAY no matter where we are, is the most important part of the trip for my youngest) and just enjoy ourselves.
We have seen quite a lot: the Eiffel Tower, the Rodin Museum, the Musee de l’Orangerie, THE LOUVRE (a little bit), Sacre Couer, and the Palais de Decouverte (science museum). And we are veterans of Le Metro now, having figured out the best arrangement of children-stroller-backpack-mom to slam through the turnstiles as quickly as possible. Tomorrow we are hoping to…wake up at a decent hour, with nobody having shut himself inside his closet at 2:00 in the morning and screamed for Mommy, let’s say…and see more of the sights. Wednesday we go to Lyon for a few days, and then a couple more days in Paris before the next giant airplane ride which did I mention all I can really think about is the airplane ride? IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL…
I want to especially thank NancyO for answering countless questions about how to pack, what to pack, where to go, and what to avoid; her blog is full of beautiful photography from her travels all over Europe and you should check it out.