You’ll be happy to know that I was able to put aside my puppy problems and really enjoy my time in gorgeous, romantic, magical Paris.
Want some highlights?
Of course you do!
Instead of camping out at the local Best Western (because I’m pretty sure there was one in Paris) Papa decided that a family of 5 needed more than 2 standard rooms—we needed an apartment. So we rented a 3 bedroom, 3 bath apartment with 2 sitting rooms, kitchen, dining room and laundry room overlooking the Seine and Pont Sully (one of the bridges that leads to Ile St Louis).
Pretty freaking fantastic, right?
Another little tidbit about the apartment that’s worth mentioning—the woman who lived below us.
Ever see people with dogs in little suitcases on airplanes? Well most of the time (when people can afford to shell out the $100 for a bag and $120 each way to bring the dog onboard) those bags are Sherpa Bags and the woman who lived below the apartment—Gayle Martz—just happened to invent them.
All the celebrities carry them, so you know she’s made a pretty penny. Actually I’m positive she’s made a pretty penny because she made a point of telling us that she owns homes in southern California, NYC and Paris.
Life outside the apartment was pretty great, too.
We strolled down small cobelstone streets lined with adorable shops selling everything from glass figurines (Twin’s present), wines from a vineyard in Dirty Dirty’s sister city in France, every kind of kitchen dish and utensil imaginable (including knives that say “pizza” in the blade), to mountains of spices.
Though my favorite store was easily Shakespeare and Company.
It's quite possibly the most famous English bookstore in all of France and was once a favorite spot of Hemingway's.
We saw the last stage of the Tour de France, which was lovely despite the fact that Contador won.
No one likes a bitch, Contador.
And I even got to drag the family through the Louvre for a few hours, all the while impressing them with my newly acquired art history knowledge.
^On the other side of this wall is only the Mona Lisa. That attention whore.^
Though the highlight of my trip was my personal picnic in my favorite park—Place de Vosges.
What made this picnic so wonderful?
I got to explore the city by myself in search of a pita full of falafel, which I ate on a bench in the sun while watching some of the cutest kids run around the park.
Why is it that children screaming is so much less annoying when they’re speaking French?
Overall, it was a fabulous trip that I wish had lasted longer, especially since the real life that I returned to is far from thrilling or even pleasant.
Mother refuses to do anything about Luke. And I have to miss a trip to ChiChi’s beach condo with all my friends because I’m having my surgery then.
Super fun, right?