In some ways our trip already feels like a distant memory don't you just hate how that happens? I still would like to do some more posts about it though mostly because people still seem shocked that we took our kids to Paris and had a great time. So here are a few of the basic bits.
The flight was my biggest concern. I had spent a day traveling before but never been on a flight that long. The kids hadn't even come close. We had been in the car for that long with my son before and it was awful. When we booked the trip I sort of blocked the getting there and home part out of my mind but of course as it started to come closer I had to face it and make a plan. We backed two tablets loaded with games and movies, a bunch of quite educational toys, clean clothes for everyone, and some snacks. We also got seats on the side so that each of us could sit with one kid and have no one else right there with us. Turns out most of what I packed we didn't need. Each seat came with its own touch screen tv that was loaded with way more movies and games so the kids pretty much just used that. Emily changed movies constantly but that was fine. I also think she watched the Croods 4 times. I was glad to have some snacks though bc neither kid ate much of their airplane dinner. Not that I blame them it was pretty nasty. The only hard part really was the timing of all of this. Paris is 6 hours ahead of the East coast so we left at about 5pm here and got there at about 6:30 am but had not really slept. Most of us tried at some point but sleep just did not come.
untours. They help you a bit with trip planning, rent you an apartment, pick you up from the airport, get you settled in the neighborhood complete with groceries, take you to dinner or in our case lunch the 2nd day to see how you are doing and help you figure things out, and then when its all over they take you back to the airport. Not a guided tour but it was great to have someone we could call for help when we needed a bit of input. Here is a hopeful link to our apartment in Lescot.
Here are some photos of our neighborhood.