Posted April 1, 2015
“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.”
― Amy Thomas, Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light
Paris! I spent my 19th summer there (well, a short train ride away, in Argenteuil) and loved it. On the other hand, Rob's short stopover while backpacking through Europe during college was negative. Something about being woken up by gendarmes for sleeping in front of the Gar du Nord. But even he was excited when we drove into the city and caught our first glimpse of the iconic tower.
It was a splurge to rent an apartment in Paris, even one that had the girls sleeping on the hide-a-bed couch all month. But so worth it! I'm happy to report that even skeptical Rob wants to go back and live there again. Although he doesn't care to drive there ever again. :)
Luckily he only had to find our apartment (check out our awesome location, a short walk from the Opera and the Louvre):
After we dropped off our luggage and checked in with super-nice Frederic, from the rental agency, we drove the car to Eurodrive to turn it in, and spent the next two months car-free, relying on the excellent Metro, Underground, buses and a lot of shoe leather.
I picked up a few provisions from the nearby grocery store, Monoprix (think Super Target, only with fabulous French food) and we unpacked. The three younger kids were happy to have dinner from the local boulangerie, but Rob, Robbie and I went to one of the many Japanese restaurants on our street and loved the Udon Noodles. I should add a post dedicated to the culinary delights of Paris, this was the first of many!