mother daughter Paris trip 3

by day 3 we were feeling like true Parisians. we had the metro system figured out and we just flowed with the masses - the chic masses I might add! yes, day 3 was the day the effortless style of the masses came into it’s own. this was the day we navigated the streets and were confronted with all manner of stylish individuals, both young and old, who drew many a lingering look from me. and maybe a secret picture. followed by an act of bravery in asking for a legal photograph that was mostly indulged but at other times graciously turned down. yes, day 3 was a day of discovering many many things about Paris and ourselves!.

photo du jour sur le balcon  (oui oui, we be Francais Francais now!)

photo du jour sur le balcon

(oui oui, we be Francais Francais now!)

yes there was a mini battle to rival any that Napoloen ever fought…over.that.skirt. mother won. mother always wins. well..most times!

yes there was a mini battle to rival any that Napoloen ever fought…over.that.skirt. mother won. mother always wins. well..most times!

a little bit of shimmer, a little bit of animal print, styled like a pro! she turned down her mums shoe choice so we will take the small win of cutting the ones she chose out of the picture. mother always wins. ultimately.

a little bit of shimmer, a little bit of animal print, styled like a pro! she turned down her mums shoe choice so we will take the small win of cutting the ones she chose out of the picture. mother always wins. ultimately.

first order of the day was the Rodin museum. being that we were traveling with two little people, Alicia and I had decided we weren’t going to bother with museum visits on this trip. we took these 2 to the RISD museum in Rhode Island once and in no time they were ready to leave. we weren’t flying halfway across the world and pay a pretty penny for people to moan about how underwhelming the Mona Lisa is. after a tip off from Alicia’s mum, we took exception to the Rodin museum. for the princely sum of 4euro per adult we were able to experience some of the best of Rodin’s sculptures in the museum garden. we had a lovely picnic lunch in the garden and then enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the gardens, appreciating the sculptures and the well maintained gardens. it turned into the best museum trip I can remember in along time. thanks mrs zullawack!

I wanted to photograph these signs every time I saw them….I mean, the artistry…for a sign!

I wanted to photograph these signs every time I saw them….I mean, the artistry…for a sign!

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they could be mimicking the sculpture…..or be genuinely fed up at how many takes it was taking to get the shot….you be the judge…

they could be mimicking the sculpture…..or be genuinely fed up at how many takes it was taking to get the shot….you be the judge…

majestic

majestic

ballerina gi-irrrrrrl!

ballerina gi-irrrrrrl!

Maddie indulged me…I can’t see a wall and not take a picture of a person in front of it..

Maddie indulged me…I can’t see a wall and not take a picture of a person in front of it..

these two. I love any picture with them and their backpacks.  meanwhile…can you imagine this being your home & back garden? sigh. someone once called this place home.

these two. I love any picture with them and their backpacks.

meanwhile…can you imagine this being your home & back garden? sigh. someone once called this place home.

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autumn leaves = joy

autumn leaves = joy

one of my favorite shots of the trip

one of my favorite shots of the trip

pure joy

pure joy

ladies of the manor

ladies of the manor

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all done!

all done!

From the Rodin museum we walked to the Tuileries Garden. Alicia had learnt there was a trampoline there and we had everything crossed that it would be open. we had the best time there, getting to relax and just let the girls play a little. with all the little French kids running around expected our kids to make at least one connection. and they didn’t disappoint - they made friends with the one English girl in the park - go figure! from there we took a walk down the famous champs elysees. thanks to the guide book that Alicia used to point out interesting facts along the route, the window shopper in me was subdued.

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a beautiful mama & daughter we met in the park. how adorable is this little girl & her outfit.

a beautiful mama & daughter we met in the park. how adorable is this little girl & her outfit.

and poof! it’s gone!

and poof! it’s gone!

a Nutella crepe…because she hadn’t had enough sugar just yet….

a Nutella crepe…because she hadn’t had enough sugar just yet….

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sometimes I didn’t have to beg for a picture…..this was one!

sometimes I didn’t have to beg for a picture…..this was one!

photobomb!

photobomb!

the best fake smile I ever saw! after walking the champs elysees all the girls wanted to do was sit down.

the best fake smile I ever saw! after walking the champs elysees all the girls wanted to do was sit down.

and sit down they did!! after our busy day, we had an exciting trip to the outskirts of Paris for dinner at a restaurant run by one of Alicia’s friends. we had a fun journey on the metro and ubered it from the station to the restaurant. from the moment we arrived and I saw the decor, I knew we were in for a treat. the hospitality was second to none and the food did not disappoint. after a perfect day out and about we rode the metro back to our little corner of Paris.

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always keep a pen handy & these 2 will always be happy!

always keep a pen handy & these 2 will always be happy!

these starters….yum! so, I kinda got addicted to anything pate - like. Maddie ordered that goats cheese & caramelized onion on toast. I hated goats cheese till I tried that starter. I now eat goats cheese. but only in Paris.

these starters….yum! so, I kinda got addicted to anything pate - like. Maddie ordered that goats cheese & caramelized onion on toast. I hated goats cheese till I tried that starter. I now eat goats cheese. but only in Paris.

that steak. no words.

that steak. no words.

melting middle chocolate pudding!!!! i’ve missed this dessert since we left the uk. it had a fancy name in France which I can’t remember. if we weren’t trying to make America great again i’d have smuggled a few back I here. but I don’t want to provide free labour to build a wall.

melting middle chocolate pudding!!!! i’ve missed this dessert since we left the uk. it had a fancy name in France which I can’t remember. if we weren’t trying to make America great again i’d have smuggled a few back I here. but I don’t want to provide free labour to build a wall.

give these 2 a bit of space and they’ll run around!

give these 2 a bit of space and they’ll run around!

sigh. the metro sign by night.

sigh. the metro sign by night.

back home & time to journal…..

back home & time to journal…..

bliss….

bliss….

another perfect day in Paris…

till tomorrow,

xoxo

Tanaka SotinwaComment