Paris: a child’s eye-view

Traveling with Aadi to Paris certainly defined how we experienced the trip. At 3 and a half years old, he is both enchanting and challenging, and having him with us impelled me to plan each day, to slow down, and to nix things from my agenda as each day unwound. This post is about the child’s side of our journey.

Can you tell how happy we are to be in Paris? After Notre Dame we walked to the point of Ile de la Cite and hopped on one of the Vedettes de Pont Neuf for a boat tour of Paris.

I wanted the whole trip to feel very special for him. I spent weeks making a Paris treasure hunt for him that featured special sites, works of art, or shops that we might see each day. Every morning Aadi would bound out of bed anxious to find the day’s sights and also to find special presents of books or small toys, that usually appeared in a “magic gift bag” right before lunch and dinner.

Our first real view of this Paris icon was from the Vedette. Designer’s note: the colors of dusk define the color palette of this decade. Always check out the sky while day turns into night for inspiration.

We went to the Eiffel Tower that very first night in Paris. Aadi wouldn’t have it any other way! What can I say? It was awesome! We took the Metro to the Trocadero and approached the tower from there, which allowed us to appreciate it from many angles. Once we were there we also ate our first crepes and did our first French carrousel ride.

Designer’s notes: Everything always feel different at night.

Designer’s note: Touches of whimsy in unexpected places are always enchanting.

The treasure hunt was especially useful for our days in the museums. Here we all are framed in a mirror at Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Aadi has his treasure map in hand and is confidently leading the way.

This reminds me, as well, that everyone was so kind to us in Paris. Aadi received lots of attention at the museums. The hotel left him a little Bear on his bed the first day that he is still sleeping with every night! Lucky guy, they also gave him free macarons to eat at Laduree!

The main floor of the Orangerie with Monet’s canvases was so peaceful that Aadi eventually fell asleep there after this photo was taken.

Designer’s note: Notice that children are always responsive to beautiful environments and good design. I see that even when children come to visit us in Furbish, how they notice that the space feels special.

Paris really is full of so many unexpected childlike delights, like when we went to place des Vosges and found a lovely sand box to play in.

On our last day in Paris we went to Jardin du Luxembourg. It has the greatest playground  ever. So many things for the kids to play on, and it has a very international feel. Parisian kids mingle with children from all over the world who come to visit.

To watch them all in a playground worthy of every child’s fantasy is sheer joy.

Designer’s note: the most beautiful moments in life are about experiences, not possessions.

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