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Paris - still perfect, even during a chilly winter with children


Paris, being the most romantic city in the world, might mislead people to think that only couples in love can truly enjoy the city but nothing could be further from the truth. Also, Cole Porter had it right in his iconic song about loving Paris in all seasons including winter.

We had a great time mid January in Paris for the final two days of our recent trip. On our initial day we headed to the Champs, as we always do first thing in Paris, to be pleasantly surprised by the Christmas/New Year festival ferris wheel still being up (on its last day mind you) and wooden sail boats being available to hire in the Jardin des Tuileries (only 2 euro for 15 minutes). Our kids enjoyed both activities immensely, as did their parents! It is always a treat to see all of the Parisian sights at motion and watch the little yachts glide gracefully across the ancien pond that once belonged to Louis XVI in his palace grounds.

After a night’s rest at our hotel with its splendid art deco ceramic facade (our room had a balcony overlooking the Arc de Triomphe) and our traditional dinner at the Chez Clement family restaurant on Avenue Wagram, our final day included our favourite winter Parisian activity of ice skating in front of the Hotel de Ville on its open air man made rink. The only downside to going there is that the kids know that just across the road is a McDonalds.

We did get to do a few of our other special Paris pursuits for the children which we find equally as pleasurable, unlike McDonalds, including various carousel rides around town, the souvenir as well as other shops and animation fountain near the Pompidou Centre, eating street crepes and hot dogs as well as taking as many metro journeys as possible.

David also got to walk around the streets, while Sharon took the kids up the Eiffel Tower. Winter is the only time we consider doing this as the queues are short enough to justify lining up. This time the famous icon had a ‘Winter Wonderland’ of ice sculptures and play equipment which wasn’t wondrous but added to the occasion for the younger generation.

Then alas, it was time to depart this magical city but not before scouting around a few real estate offices and arrondissements we are looking to buy our future piece of Paris in, so when we have to leave again, we won’t mind with the link our appartement will provide us.

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