Paris through the eyes of a child
Before beginning, could you briefly present your family please?
When was your first time in Paris?
What did you most enjoy in Paris?
Adora : I loved exploring the city, crossing big bridges, running into tiny hidden streets, discovering fun gardens, playgrounds and carousels! Hearing music in the air and so much more... Mama would point out all the beautiful balconies, something we don’t get to see back in England. Or we would look down from our hotel windows and watch the Parisian life go by. It was just like in my favorite movie "Ratatouille" (Disney movie based in Paris about a rat wanting to become a chef)! And I loved the tall Eiffel Tower and Louvre pyramid!
Teresa : We enjoyed walking and wandering in endless little dreamy streets. Everywhere we turned, we were sure to see magnificent and iconic buildings. It's wonderful to rediscover our favourite spots through the admiring eyes of a child!
What activities did you like the best and would you recommend for children?
Adora : My three favourites were the merry-go-round, the palace of Versailles and of course, Disneyland! I loved being a real princess and dining with the Disney characters! I got to see all the princesses and even Cinderella’s little mice!
Teresa : When talking about Parisian carousels, which are called manèges, everyone has in mind the one in the Tuileries. But last time, just after our visit to the musée Jacquemart André, a private-mansion like art museum with one of the best brunches, we discovered a new one. Quite unexpectedly, we found the most delightful carousel in the whimsical parc Monceau near the picturesque pond! It is so dreamy! I strongly recommend visiting!
Our trip by train to the Château de Versailles for a day of adventure was another highlight from our last stay. Riding the fun buggies around the gardens and having a picnic among the statues and sculptures was a great way to soak up French history and make Adora appreciate the beauty of the place! When the girls are older, we will certainly like to take them rowing on the beautiful Grand Canal, and explore inside the majestic Château.
As for Disneyland, it made the sweetest childhood memories ever! Adora's eyes light up every time she talks about it! It was wonderful to take our time and to stay in the great, pink dreamy hotel. I recommend it as there is so much to do. Staying more than a day is definitely worth it!
What food did you like the best?
Teresa : Nothing sweeter than the look on Adora's face as I let her pick beautiful cakes from Ladurée! It’s really hard to just pick one best food as we are spoilt for choice in Paris!
Did you bring back special souvenirs from Paris?
Nina's Marie-Antoinette is the most romantic French tea house with such precious gourmet products. The tea is wonderfully fragrant consisting of apples and rose petals sourced from the King’s Kitchen Garden in Versailles! Accompanied with the pink rose, caramelised apple cake is divine, and a taste not be forgotten!
And for toys our two favorites are Si tu veux Jouer which is located under the arcades Galerie Vivienne and Pain d'Épice. Both have very cute traditional wooden toys, dolls, puzzles, books, and fun games.