Pinning Paris: 5 Gorgeous Photos

With only three weeks left until our little family trip to Paris, I find myself spending a slightly unacceptable amount of time on Pinterest searching for ideas for our stay. Paris is a black hole on Pinterest because there are about 5,323,129 pictures, graphics and otherwise cute illustrations inspired by the city.

Do you use Pinterest to help plan trips? I find it's a neat way to get visual inspiration for unexpected places to see -- random streets, restaurants and undiscovered shops. With a baby in tow, it's important not to plan too much. Instead, I like to make note of beautiful things to keep an eye out for in different neighborhoods...just in case we find ourselves out walking most of the time instead of inside at a museum.

During our last trip to Paris we didn't go see the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. We just walked. Everywhere. Paris is such a beautiful city that we wanted to see as much as possible, even if it meant skipping some of the touristy stuff.

Here are five pins of Paris that have been very excited for our trip!

Found on  this board  // Original Source:  Vogue Austraila

Found on this board // Original Source: Vogue Austraila

Found via  this board  // Orginal Source:  Flickr user Alessandro Tortora

Found via this board // Orginal Source: Flickr user Alessandro Tortora

Found via  this board  // Original Source:  Ferm Living Blog

Found via this board // Original Source: Ferm Living Blog

Found via  this board  // Original Source: Unknown

Found via this board // Original Source: Unknown

Found via  this board  // "Original Source":  A random Tumblr

Found via this board // "Original Source": A random Tumblr

Psst...my friend Georgette has an awesome board dedicated to Florence, in case you're looking for inspiration for a trip here!

Planning for Paris

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In less than a month we're heading back to Paris for a quick, 3-day visit. I could not be more excited. Although, trying to figure out what to do during such a short visit is a bit overwhelming! I'm consulting Oh Joy's mini-guide to Paris and it's helping a bunch (hello, trampolines in a park?!). Our plan is to pick one thing to definitely do each day and then just enjoy the rest of the day walking around and eating lots of croissants.

It's hard to believe that the last time we were in Paris little Livia was only three months old(!) and we were frazzled new parents. Well, we're still frazzled, but suffice to say we are excited to visit Paris this time around because 17-month old Livia is going to get to experience quite a bit of it. Livia is at a stage where she just loves to walk and touch everything, so Paris should be visually stimulating for her.

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Any Paris suggestions for us? Any kid-friendly restaurants (does this even exist in Paris)?

Visiting Paris: The Palace of Versailles

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One of the highlights of our trip to Paris was a visit to the Palace of Versailles. Even though I've read about Versailles over the years, nothing prepared me for the awesome gaudiness that is the palace. Gold, mirrors, heavy textiles and bling at every turn. The Hall of Mirrors was particularly dizzying. The slightly more understated palazzi here in Florence are more my style, but Versailles was definitely a unique experience.

Versailles is a pleasant 35 minute RER train ride from the center of Paris. Even with Livia in tow we found it easy to navigate. The town of Versailles is actually quite pleasant, as well. I was a little bummed that more of Versailles wasn't open to tour, but I've read enough about art budget cuts in France (gasp!) to know that it may have played a part.

We opted to carry Livia the entire time in the Baby Bjorn and it worked out perfectly. We would have had to check the stroller at Versaille's "front door" anyway, so it wasn't worth dragging along on public transportation. Versailles was the very first time she faced out in the carrier and suffice she say that she was on visual overload!

Renting a Stroller in Paris: Bambiloo Review

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We faced a dilemma while planning our trip to Paris: to bring or not to bring the stroller. Our stroller is a beast; we refer to it as "our tank." It has big air tires and handles the cobblestone streets of Florence exceptionally well. We absolutely love it. The problem? It's not very compact and/or easy to travel with. Quick research about Paris told me that our stroller wouldn't handle public transportation system very well. So, what were we to do? Rent a stroller!

I found a company called Bambiloo. They rent not just strollers, but everything and anything baby-related that you might need. I was nervous to try them because I couldn't find any reviews online (a big part of why I'm writing one here), but I'm so glad we took the leap of faith. The stroller was delivered to our apartment door the night we arrived and picked up the night before our flight. We chose a compact model that could also double as a sleeping spot for Livia at night.

The stroller we rented arrived in great condition -- they are cleaned and sanitized between every rental -- and included a rain cover...which came in handy because it rained every single day of our visit. At just 7euro a day and a 20euro delivery fee, renting a stroller in Paris is a no-brainer. Having one less thing to worry about at the airport was great. Our Baby Bjorn made carrying Livia around without a stroller a cinch.

I highly reccomend Bambiloo and, in case you are wondering, we were not compensated in any way for this review. This is a public service for all those other moms that are Googling away looking for a review!

Our Holiday in France: Grasse

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we loved the town of Grasse. We went there because I wanted to buy perfume and the town is considered to the world capitol of perfume (according to Wikipedia, so obviously it's true). We didn't read too much about the town before we visited and I guess we expected it to be more industrial or something.

In reality, the town center is actually pretty darn beautiful. It also has a very medieval feel to it, particulary the church. The town was full of families out having a good time after Christmas and everything just felt really happy and carefree. The views from the town were also particularly beautiful.