"A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot." - St. Augustine
I'm about 12% Alleluia on any given day, but I'm working on it.

Nous Sommes Ici!

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:

Young boy stands in front of a pond near the Louvre

He doesn’t LOOK like the type to run off and hide behind a statue…

Chasing boats in the Jardin des Tuileries

With a good bit of wind, the boats were rather challenging to capture

First Crepe

First crepe; her younger brother opted for a bright yellow hot dog

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.

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Comments

  1. Wow! Have a good time… that sounds so great. Hope you have better weather.

  2. You have to take lots of pictures in Lyon just for me, pretty please? I want to see my old stomping grounds.

  3. It sounds like you all are settling into the rhythm there. Isn’t it amazing the small things they notice that open their eyes? Loving your photos already, and look forward to more.

    I’m guessing the flight over was “interesting” and possibly “challenging”! The flight home is easier because it’s daytime, so you don’t have that (frequently dashed) expectation that they will sleep. You just have to keep them happily occupied for 9 or 10 hours(!)

    Thanks for the shout-out; your trip is giving me wanderlust!

  4. scotch meg says:

    So now I’m all jealous and jalouse and all. I told my husband that all my favorite bloggers are in France. Hint, hint.

    But, alas, two kids in college means saving for other things is slow. So you just enjoy that Paris while you’ve got it, and I’ll follow your footsteps in a couple of years.

  5. Oh my goodness! It looks so wonderful! Hope you have the greatest time and survive the trip back. I’m sure the kids are having the time of their lives!