Mother Daughter Paris Trip!
If you follow us on instagram or facebook then you already know that morayo-hope and I were in Paris last week! as you may recall, one of my 40 before 40 goals was to go on a mummy/daughter trip to Paris with morayo-hope (read post here). I had always wanted to make that trip with her but had never said anything to her. when I was 6 my mum took me with her on a shopping trip to Botswana - it was before she died and is one of my most precious memories. i can still taste the beef stew with dumplings we ate whilst there. and i can still remember her devastation as we were robbed at the market….and my devastation when the beautiful pleated red skirt we bought there got singed by a fire ember when I sat to close to the fire stove at my grandmas house in nharira. i have always lived life on the edge.
one day early this year morayo-hope just piped up and said “i’d love to go on a trip to Paris with you mummy….just us!”. that cemented my desire - it was now just a case of timing. the stars suddenly aligned for us as morayo-hope’s new school had a 1 week half term break in october (yes, she moved schools!) . not only that, French is now a huge part of her curriculum so this trip was very easily justified to the accountant in the house!
a couple of weeks before morayo-hope’s break, i mentioned the idea of this trip to Alicia and she immediately told me she happened to have taken that week off a while ago as annual leave and had no plans! a double mama/daughter trip? YASS!! we went into full planning mode, looking for tickets and accommodation online. i’ll do a post at the end of all of this with details of flights and accommodation….lets just say at one point we gave our friends a good laugh as we mentioned cheap flights on wow! airlines. statements like “wow! is this a real plane?!” and “You’ll be saying wow! it got us to Paris!” made us dump any ideas of wow-ing our way there.
once tickets and accommodation were sorted, we were pretty much on our way! the week before we left I had an amazing visit from my sister from another mister - Segun! a separate post shall be committed to that visit but for now, back to Paris! i’ll tell you now that this will be the first of maybe 5 posts!! haha! I took 1000 pictures. no exaggeration.
we flew out of Boston on Sunday evening, our husbands’ warning that they were no Liam Neeson (even if we combined them) ringing in our ears. no entertaining flattering men with French accents offering transportation…even if it was the recently famous singing heartthrobs from instagram. i left my danger seeking ways at Logan airport. we landed on monday morning Paris time and whizzed through security like pros. an over eager young man offered us a ride and we assured him we only wanted one ride: in a marked taxi. we arrived at our apartment and were ecstatic with our choice. i was too giddy to nap and i also find that i adjust better when i stay up in a new time zone. whilst i ran around taking pictures of the apartment the others napped. once they got up we set about exploring our home for the next 5 days. we were staying in an apartment in the 16th arrondissement which is home to the Eiffel Tower! it was the perfect location. our street was lined with all manner of stores including a boulangerie, boucherie and a PAUL cafe. if you’ve never had a hot chocolate from PAUL don’t talk to me about death by chocolate. their recipe (as far as I can tell): grab a bar of chocolate, melt it, pour into a cup, drink.
we had a sunset boat tour of Paris scheduled with bateaux parisians and we grabbed a quick bite to eat at a little cafe on our way there. the weather was beautiful 23C /73F - I mean honestly we couldn’t have planned it better! we arrived at the boat tour at what we thought was on time for the sunset trip but they’d already filled the boat and the queue for the next riders steadily growing! we ended up sticking with it and queuing up for an hour. there was a creperie nearby and i couldn’t resist picking up a waffle for the girls and a crepe for the mummies! it was perfect! the boat trip was nice but unfortunately you needed an app on your phone to listen to the commentary. in the end we just cruised along, enjoying the twinkling Eiffel tower and surrounding architecture.
there’s nothing like the excitement on a little child’s face as they see things for the first time. morayo-hope and Madeline were so excited as they watched the tower twinkling. they took everything in their stride as we wandered around, climbing steps, running across the bridge and playing little games. their enthusiasm was truly infectious. we hung around Trocadero and watched them dance and run around a little before heading to Le Deux Stations bistro for dinner.
those are the only food shots from dinner. i really did my best by warning people that there would be no eating before a picture was taken. I was the first one tucking into that meal as it landed in front of my eyes.
what mummy wore: jacket - allsaints // jeans - madewell (past season) // linen t-shirt - zara (past season but linked current season alternative) // sneakers - converse (past season but linked a very similar pair on sale)
our first day in Paris was an awesome success! day 2 is coming up shortly!!