Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bonjour from Paris!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but we’ve been busy these last 11 days.

The weather has been near perfect most of our trip, the place is MUCH cleaner and friendlier that I remember, the food is absolutely amazing, bringing the nanny along with the BEST idea ever, and the wine – oh the wine -- I’m now completely addicted to 2005 Bordeaux’s.

Oh and I’ve mastered the entire French language: I speak English in a heavy French accent while occasionally throwing in a French word or two – when English speakers ask me for directions.

Anyhow, here’s a small sampling of what we’ve been up to:

Jardin du Luxembourg (guess what happens when you walk on the grass? They shoot you)
Chateau de Versailles (It's HUGE. No wonder why they hung him. Note to self when I become king - don't flaunt the money, hide it in a big hole instead)
Sacré Coeur de Montmartre (used my heavy French accent many times here)
Notre Dame (no Football team here or Irish people boxing)Picnic on Seine/Bike ride in Giverny (wine, cheese, and... chips)
Claude Monet's garden at Giverny (he actually planted the place himself... and dug the pond with an old spoon)
Musée d'Orsay (This was once an old train station...and roller skating disco for 3 months in 1979)
Musée de l'Orangeries (Monet's waterlillies on the wall and no they don't sell Oranges)
Musée des Egouts (aka "sewer tour" – our nanny and my daughter wanted to go. It stunk really, really, really bad down there. I still threaten to send my daughter down there when she isn't behaving)
Moulin Rouge (Magicians, jugglers, live snakes & ponies, and topless women)"The" Louvre (how do you keep a 3-year old entertained for 5 hours in the largest museum in the world...?)
Disneyland Paris (...you bribe her with a trip here. I'm convinced that's why they built it)
France Miniature (see all of France in 3 hours... built out of Lego's and cheese)

More to come later... à plus tard!


Dad Stuff said...

Amazing! I can't believe you actually had time to squeeze in the sewer tour.
Aura vwar.

Adrienne said...

Yeah yeah yeah blah blah blah, while you were galavanting in gay pareeeeee, I was eating FREE (did you hear me? I said FREE) chicken from KFC. Booyah! Put that in your beret!

painted maypole said...

looks great!

hey... now that KFC is coming out with NON fried chicken will you be allowed to eat there again?

Daddy Geek Boy said...


Great pictures.

Painted...I just took the new Grilled KFC for a test drive and wrote about it. Though I'm not sure it's gonna make any normal fried food lover happy.

Whit said...

Awesome. I love Paris in the springtime.

furiousBall said...

awesome! as a purist, i'm sticking with the fried chicken in a bucket. you can have my fried chicken leg when you pry it from my cold dead fingers, which is most likely how i'll go

Amrita said...

wow you lucky people!

Ben and Bennie said...

Note to self: jealousy is very bad. Bad, bad, bad. Hey Tony! I had KFC last night!

Beverly said...

Thanks for the photos! What fun!

Anonymous said...

okay, this is every little girls' dream...me & daddy in paris. you are a real hero!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Oh, the picnic. That looks dreamy. :) Glad you're having such a wonderful time!

Artist Unplugged said...

I can't believe you had no interest in the sewer tour, can't you find a way to link that with cats as pets somehow? Sounds like you are having an amazing trip, you should have an awesome accent when you return!

The Real Mother Hen said...

You went to the Disneyland in Paris?! Dude, you do sacrifice a lot for your daughter and should be voted Father of the Year :)

The Moulin Rouge, that's worth seeing :)

creative-type dad said...

The Real Mother Hen -- Not once, but twice!

We ended up going back this past Thursday because the place is always crowded. And here I thought the French hated Disney...

Artist Unplugged -- That's a great idea (cats/sewers) I'll have to use that.

And to everybody -- No, I haven't tried to grilled chicken in a bucket - but soon. Very soon...

Steely Dad said...

Hey man,
Thanks for stopping by the Steely Dad Nation and leaving your take on traveling with kids. I just racked it for you.

What a great trip you guys are having. I went on a solo sojourn through Europe after college, Paris being one of the many places I visited, and I swear when I look at your photos I could be looking at mine. We went to ALL the same places. Oh, and if you take a pic of those water lilies at l'Orangeries they also shoot you.

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Come by my tiny corner of the blogosphere any ol' time.

Jonathan said...


Awesome pics. Loved it. Paris looks sooo beautiful.


Sue said...

Oh, memories...we went to London and Paris last April, and had a great time.

Loved your pictures!

Sasparilla Sue said...

Looks like an amazing trip...I'm tres jaloux!

Mitch McDad said...

Very jealous. We actually conceived our 2nd kiddo there. I should post pictures on my blog.

MRS really wants to go back and Christmas (yes, she uses Christmas as a verb ala cocktail) with the kids but we have not been brave enough to travel that far with them yet.

I love that you had to hit Disney, with a similar venue in your backyard. Ah, the power of Cinderella.

Looks like a great trip. Again, very jealous.