mother daughter Paris trip 2

with military precision we leapt into the 2nd day of our Parisian adventure. the plan du jour was for us to first breakfast on pastries at Paul cafe cross the street. we would then visit a a local market and pick up supplies for picnic lunch in the local park. after the kids had a chance to play we were then heading to the Notre dame cathedral for a Paris tour with a Parisian local, attend a service at the Notre dame and then find a dinner spot. walking was the order of the day and we threw ourselves in with gusto.

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la marche de passy was an absolute assault to the senses. first was the general buzz f people as we approached. it was the perfect way to become a part of local Parisian life. we were greeted at the entrance by the most beautiful flowers. I could’ve just pulled up a chair right there and sat appreciating those blooms for the rest of the day. right across from them was cheese though & I was immediately drawn into the market following the delicious smells. as we cornered the cheesecounter i spotted a shelf of macarons only to look up and see the most succulent looking strawberries. before my drool could pool in the tray in front of me, the girls had run ahead and were peeking into a tank with lobster. bruno mars started singing that lucky for me thats what he likes. Alicia made it back in time to stop me buying everything I could see. when I see food I think I can eat it all. the delicatessen was filled with all kinds of meats and we ended up settling on freshly sliced ham. we picked some tomatoes, cheese and grapes to complete our picnic.

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the park was a short walk away and we envied the locals who lived in this nook, with a backdrop that included the ever present Eiffel Tower. as I fantasized about owning a little piece of Paris, the girls ran around the playground like they owned the place. local school kids on recess came to play in the park and we encouraged the girls to engage them in conversation, refusing to give them a treat before they at least said hello….in French. sometimes traveling with a buddy has it’s drawbacks - and this was one - they weren’t bothered about making friends!

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I won Maddie over to the door loving side!

I won Maddie over to the door loving side!

I just love this picture so much!

I just love this picture so much!

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bench picnic! yum!

bench picnic! yum!

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“Un barbe de papa s’il vous plait!”

“Un barbe de papa s’il vous plait!”

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we arrived for our 3pm tour at the Notre dame cathedral to a buzz of activity. every time i’ve been there it always seems like something is about to happen, but really nothing is about to happen. it’s just people gathered in the square in front of it either waiting for someone, admiring the cathedral, taking selfies, or just people watching. the cathedral took long enough to build, 100 years to be exact, and so it seems deserving that should be a continuous hive of activity. it is a building that almost demands people to gather around it - both inside and out. we found our guide via toursbylocals and were anticipating going off the beaten track and learning unusual facts about this beautiful city. we weren’t disappointed. our tour ended at the Louvre and we metro’d it back to the cathedral to try and catch the evening service. morayo-hope lit a candle in the church for her Sekuru which got me a little emotional.

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standing right in the centre of France…..

standing right in the centre of France…..

buying some bird seed to feed the pigeons..

buying some bird seed to feed the pigeons..

there’s a flying rodent on my arm!!

there’s a flying rodent on my arm!!

the Shakespeare & company bookshop! read up on it if you haven’t, fascinating history.

the Shakespeare & company bookshop! read up on it if you haven’t, fascinating history.

big signpost: “do not photograph inside the store.” Me: “Challenge accepted!” just look at this reading nook though…I couldn’t resist!

big signpost: “do not photograph inside the store.” Me: “Challenge accepted!” just look at this reading nook though…I couldn’t resist!

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students from the Sorbonne come to touch his feet for good luck before their exams. the girls touched them because they plan on being here in 10 years at the Sorbonne!

students from the Sorbonne come to touch his feet for good luck before their exams. the girls touched them because they plan on being here in 10 years at the Sorbonne!

look at those intelligent faces.

look at those intelligent faces.

i’ve gained how much weight so far?! woop!

i’ve gained how much weight so far?! woop!

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apparently there’s an optical illusion: what direction is the water is flowing in…

apparently there’s an optical illusion: what direction is the water is flowing in…

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someone had tired legs….

someone had tired legs….

just can’t walk past a pretty door!

just can’t walk past a pretty door!

apparently the French Revolution was plotted in this cafe…we plotted how to move to Paris..

apparently the French Revolution was plotted in this cafe…we plotted how to move to Paris..

tired legs, dusty feet, quick break!

tired legs, dusty feet, quick break!

bike with basket in the middle of Paris…all that’s missing is me on the seat with a beret, hydrangeas and red lipstick

bike with basket in the middle of Paris…all that’s missing is me on the seat with a beret, hydrangeas and red lipstick

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tour over!

tour over!

as hunger struck we made our way to the less touristy streets, looking for a restaurant that might have a light meal to tide us over till dinner time. we happened upon the most magical looking little place which at first we just gawked at for it’s kitsch-ness (is that a word?!). I soon had the girls posing for little pictures and next thing we were sitting down for a quick bite. trying new things was the order of the trip for me - something I was quickly beginning to love about having travelled with Alicia. the pate was delicious and we cleaned off that toast in no time. the maitre d had pity on us and brought a bread basket for us to polish off the pate with, which we did with gusto - even as I felt a little like Oliver Twist in the process.

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for dinner we carried on off the beaten track and happened upon a little well priced restaurant with a good looking menu. Maddie dove straight in for the escargot to start - that kid never ceases to amaze me with her sophisticated palate! it gave me an opportunity to try something new & i must say they tasted amazing with that garlic butter. from there we headed straight home to shower and sleep! phew!

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handling those snails like a boss!

handling those snails like a boss!

foie gras ya!

foie gras ya!

this food was unbelievably good! the steak just melted in your mouth and those potatoes….yum!

this food was unbelievably good! the steak just melted in your mouth and those potatoes….yum!

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till tomorrow!

till tomorrow!

sheesh! I can’t believe this post is finally done! I had to leave out a lot of pictures because it was getting out of hand! it was such a full day and we squeezed the life out of every moment of it.

next post up tomorrow!

what I wore: top - madewell (old) // trousers - vintage find at the vault r.i // jacket - allsaints // bag - madewell // sandals - Nordstrom rack (old)

what MH wore: clothes & shoes - zara // bag - crewcuts at j-crew

xoxo