Monday Coffee Date – Bree Hester Stuttgart Family Photography. Seeing the sights in Paris – the Louvre, Notre Dame, and eating all of the crepes. And SNOW at Disney Paris!
WRITING FROM // The train home from Paris
We are on the train headed back to Stuttgart and we are the good kind of worn out. Tired, but from exploring a new city, spending time with friends, and doing as much as we could in 5 days.
We had such a good time with our friends Jeff and Jenn. See that baby above? He is 13 months old and the best little traveler I’ve ever met. He had no idea what time it was, where he was and he was an absolute angel. Seriously, he did not make a peep for an entire week and could not have been more delightful to be around. He is such a good baby. He was mesmorized by an accordian player in this picture. I can’t compete with that, but I tried. We miss you already Kai!
There is never enough time to see and do everything. Even if you wanted to, it would be impossible to hit everything in Paris. We have learned that our kids really like to walk and explore a city over a lot of tours and museums. I think that those things are interesting and we do make them do them too, but I like to learn about a city from its food and neighborhoods and the people. You could spend countless hours wandering around Paris and experience the history and the beautiful city too.
Our kids are amazing travelers. They are really easy going, flexible, and put a lot of miles on their feet. I thought that it would be really fun to surprise them with a trip to Disney Paris. It is a lot easier to sell them on old churches and another museum when you pepper in kid stuff too. (Secretly, I really wanted to go too. I went when it opened 25 years ago. That’s a sentence that really makes a girl feel old. Yikes.)
Again, my kids win trooper awards. The first day was 35° and rained the entire day. The second day was 30° and it SNOWED. The weather was less than ideal for Disney, but we still had a great time, did all the stuff and rode all the rides. I was really proud that they did not complain once about being uncomfortable.
Disney Paris is sort of Disney-light. My husband grew up near Disneyworld and has been oodles of times. I’ve been a few times also and to Disneyland. Disney Paris is less Mickey and feels different than the US parks. Still a wonderful experience, but if you go thinking that it will be the same as Disney at home, you might be disappointed. I did miss all the of the delicious Mickey treats and food that they have at home. No Dole Whips, or even Mickey Pops.
We had a great time, but are ready to sleep in our beds. Everyone goes back to work and school today. Wes is going to shave off his “leave beard”. I always get sad when he comes out of the bathroom cleanshaven. That means that vacation is really over and we are back to reality.
BAKING // Looks like I’ll be setting some butter out to come to room temperature for this cookie cake. I bought some British Cadbury Eggs yesterday and now I know what I’ll be doing with them.
HELPING // Disney is so much easier with the app. You get real-time wait lines and maps of the park. This was so helpful!
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