Adventures in Paris: To the beaches of Normandy

When we arrived in Paris, we really anticipated staying in and around the city throughout our time in France.  In addition to a handful of sightseeing books focused just on Paris, we’d only gone one step farther from downtown with the book An Hour from Paris, which proved helpful in our visit to Provins.  Yet as time passed in Paris, Normandy kept coming to mind.  Not only would it provide a break from the city—it would also provide some fun on the beach (our boys LOVE the beach) and exposure to an important piece of world history with WWII sites along the coastline. Read more

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 a stone’s throw from various other Paris sites, with Les Invalides (former Army hospital, now museum, and site of Napoleon’s Tomb) directly across the street.  Yet within the garden walls is a level of tranquility I have not often experienced in Paris. Read more

Adventures in Paris: L’Arc de Triomphe

We obviously loved our visit to the Eiffel Tower, but if you’re concerned about the expense or the crowds, and if you don’t have advance tickets, you may not want to spend the time waiting in line to head up to the top.  Are there alternatives?

Yes, and I completely hear you.  While we were definitely happy with our trip to the top, I admit that my first two trips to Paris did not include this activity.  Regardless of what might keep you from ascending Monsieur Eiffel’s creation, you can still get a great view of Paris from above.  My favorite option is a visit to the roof of the great Arc de Triomphe. Read more

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! Read more

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 news@familyexplorers.com. Read more