Adventures in Paris

We packed up the family and headed to Paris for 5 weeks this past summer!  Here you’ll find posts related to our trip preparation, other Paris-related content, and updates from throughout our trip (including side trips to Switzerland and Normandy).  If there are other topics you’d like us to address, please let us know here.


Adventures in Paris: Rodin & His Gardens

The Rodin Museum (Musée Rodin) is a peaceful spot in the heart of Paris.  We kicked off the day here and were delighted with the short, fast-moving line to get in, as well as the low entry price.  The museum is comprised of an elegant mansion—Hôtel Biron—and its surrounding grounds and gardens.  The museum is […]

Exploring the sewers

Adventures in Paris: sewer fun!

Paris has been around in one form or another since the 2nd century.  In that nearly two millennia, they’ve had to deal with a lot of crap.  Literally.  We decided to take the family on a tour of the Paris sewers to see just what goes into keeping the city and its water clean!

Rental van fun!

Tuesday Travel Trouble: car rentals gone awry

Today we launch a new series: Tuesday Travel Trouble.  We’ll share some travel-gone-wrong experiences, some tips on how to avoid similar situations, and in many cases, a good laugh (at least in hindsight).  If you have similar experiences of travels gone awry that you’d be interested in sharing, send them our way at

Jardin Villemin and Canal St Martin

Adventures in Paris: Little Amsterdam?

A few years ago I read about an up-and-coming area of Paris with a canal cutting through it—Canal St. Martin.  I read a few reviews and it seemed worth checking out.  It was frequently described as charming and authentic, a hidden gem and bohemian.  Interesting, right?  Knowing that the canal had a series of locks […]

Adventures in Paris: Disney magic

After several weeks of seemingly non-stop Paris tourism—which was great, but wore the kids a bit thin—we decided to indulge them in something they weren’t expecting, something truly special.  We took the kids to Disneyland Paris.  I know, I know, on the surface it seems a bit silly—go all the way to Paris with all […]

Catacomb fun

Adventures in Paris: empire of death

Ten years ago when I was in Paris with some friends, a group of them headed off to the Catacombs (or Catacombes, as the French call them).  It sounded interesting, but time was short and I wanted to catch some other sites before our trip was over.  This time around, though, having mentioned it to […]