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Dear Sam and Joe…

Metro Etienne Marcel(or a non-exhaustive guide on where to take 8 year-olds in Paris….)

When I was in Melbourne recently, I had the fortune to meet my best friend from childhood’s twin 8 year-old boys, Joe and Sam. After commenting on their little hoodies and penchant for wearing them even though it was relatively warm, I made the mistake of calling them “little homeboys” which they later remembered as “houseboys”. Turns out the houseboys are heading to Europe soon and wanted some tips about what to do in Paris. They’re quite the little foodies so my tips will hopefully appeal to them. So here goes…

Dear Joe and Sam,

I am so excited that you are going to visit Paris. I know mummy told you that I used to live in Paris and that she visited me a couple of times, one time alone and one time with daddy. These visits always involved much good food and perhaps even a drink or two… I am glad this love of the good things in life has been passed down to you and I have a couple of tips for places you might like to go when you are there.

Eating

1. You will definitely want to visit Pâtisserie Stohrer at 51 rue MontorgueilThey have all sorts of treats like this:

Storher treats on eatlivetravelwrite.com treats from Storher on eatlivetravelwrite.com Storher treats 2 on eatlivetravelwrite.comthat you will definitely want to try

2. More treats can be had at Angelina at 226 rue de Rivoli (at Tuileries métro station). They have the most amazing hot chocolate:

Angelina hot chocolate3. For dinner one night, I recommend going to Willi’s Wine Bar at 13 rue des Petits Champs, 75001. It’s within walking distance of the apartment you are staying in and it’s a little bit chic so you will have to be on your best behaviour!

4. You two might appreciate Le Tambour for a less formal meal. It’s at 41 rue Montmartre, just north of rue Étienne Marcel and has wonderful memorabilia from old métro stations. (see the interior here). You will love the owner who has a wonderful handlebar moustache!

Le Tambour on eatlivetravelwrite.com5. You HAVE to go to Café Beaubourg, just next to the Centre Pompidou. Mum and dad can have some 1664 beer and you guys can have a croque monsieur. Like this:

It’s very chic and the washrooms are cavernous and interesting. A must (the resto and the washrooms!)

6. I think you would like Dame Tartine, none the least for the Stravinski fountain you get to watch outside. It’s at 2 rue Brise-Miche, just around the corner from the Centre Pompidou. They have delicious and different open-faced sandwiches.

7. Ice cream at Berthillon is a MUST!!!It’s sold all over Paris but everywhere on the Ile St Louis – also a nice spot for a wander…And look:

Pistachio

Coffee. Mmmmm!

8. Last sugar fix, promise (though I could go on for ages…). One word: Laudrée.


You must go and eat some macarons from Laudrée. You can find the list of shops here.

Culture

I know mummy and daddy have organised all the typical Parisian sites for you so here are a few they might not have thought of.

1. A visit behind the scenes at the Opéra Garnier might be fun for you.

Opera GarnierYou can check out all the details for the guided tour here. It’s at the Opéra métro station.

2. The Cité des enfants at the Cité des Sciencesis a pretty fun place to hang out when you are 8 years old.  Have mum or dad check out what’s on on their website to see what exhibits might be of interest. It’s at 30, Avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 Paris at the Porte de la Villette métro station.

3. According to Frommers, Paris’s definitive children’s park is the 20-hectare (49-acre) Jardin d’Acclimatation in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne. This is the kind of place that amuses tykes and adults but not teenagers. The visit starts with a ride on a green-and-yellow or green-and-red narrow-gauge train from Porte Maillot to the Jardin entrance, through a stretch of wooded park. The train operates at 10-minute intervals daily from 10:30am until the park closes; one-way fare costs 1.25€ ($1.80). En route you’ll find a house of mirrors, an archery range, a miniature-golf course, zoo animals, a puppet theater (performances Wed, Sat, Sun, and holidays), a playground, a hurdle-racing course, junior-scale rides, shooting galleries, and waffle stalls. You can trot the kids off on a pony (Sat and Sun only) or join them in a boat on a mill-stirred lagoon. La Prévention Routière is a miniature roadway operated by the Paris police: Youngsters drive through in small cars equipped to start and stop, and are required by two genuine gendarmes to obey street signs and light changes. Inside the gate is an easy-to-follow map.

Sounds like a lot of fun to me! Read more here.

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22 Responses to Dear Sam and Joe…

  1. Sam and Joe September 8, 2009 at 09:30 #

    Dear Mardi We love your blog! we think it is perfect! We love the Paris tips, we can't wait! Mummy is very excited about Laudree, Kookai, and the art, and Wili's Wine Bar too, We are most excited about EVERYTHING. We will post you our adventures. Love Sam and Joe xxxxx

  2. Frank September 8, 2009 at 11:52 #

    There's no place like Paris! Spent two wonderful years there–much too short…

  3. eatlivetravelwrite September 8, 2009 at 12:41 #

    Frank – I spent five-ish years there and still miss it. I am always glad to guide friends around there, even if just virtually!

  4. torasham September 8, 2009 at 15:47 #

    visit paris is just a dream for me… i wish it can be comes true, especially after read your note…:(

  5. Maria at Fresh Eats September 8, 2009 at 20:50 #

    Pleased to see I've already ticked quite a few of those off my list, and have added the others for next time. Love Paris! Thanks for sharing.

  6. traveleatlove September 8, 2009 at 22:08 #

    How sweet! I will keep all of this in mind for next time we visit Paris!

  7. eatlivetravelwrite September 8, 2009 at 22:54 #

    Thanks for your comments everyone – I am glad you all enjoyed the post as much as my houseboys!

  8. Simply Life September 8, 2009 at 23:18 #

    Wow, you make me want to be there sooo badly!

  9. Alicia September 9, 2009 at 01:39 #

    Yum and fun … take me to Paris next time Mardi! Can't believe I haven't been since 1991. Lovely and tempting blog entry.

  10. Pam September 9, 2009 at 06:35 #

    What a great post Mardi. Makes me wish I was there now. The Patisserie Stohrer is where mardi and I spent quite a lot of money. And I'll never the washrooms at Cafe Beaubourg.

  11. Kate at Serendipity September 9, 2009 at 07:03 #

    Great choices! Our houseboys liked the eiffel tower and the Luxembourg Garden as well. The catacombs are definitely cool!

  12. eatlivetravelwrite September 9, 2009 at 09:37 #

    Kate – Not to worry, the houseboys' mum and dad have the more typical tourist things covered!

    Mum – yes we did spend a lot of money at Stohrer!!!

  13. eatlivetravelwrite September 9, 2009 at 10:49 #

    Alicia – fancy a trip this Christmas??? ;-)

  14. Alicia September 9, 2009 at 22:41 #

    Tempting … are you guys going? Let's chat on Sat. I'm feeling persuade-able … ;-)

  15. eatlivetravelwrite September 9, 2009 at 22:58 #

    Alicia – we will definitely chat!

  16. cookwithnikki September 10, 2009 at 18:34 #

    These pictures are wonderful… I love Paris, and now I want to go back!!!

  17. eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2009 at 20:18 #

    Cookwithnikki – I can't take all the credit for the pictures but you are right – Paris is a beautiful city!

  18. The Duo Dishes September 11, 2009 at 17:47 #

    Cafe Angelina and Laudree…check! Delicious treats at both places.

  19. eatlivetravelwrite September 11, 2009 at 23:12 #

    Duo – excellent that you have checked off those two very important things in Paris…. :-)

  20. Chow and Chatter September 26, 2009 at 17:07 #

    oh wow thanks so so much will check these places out for sure Rebecca

  21. eatlivetravelwrite September 26, 2009 at 17:11 #

    Rebecca – I emailed you with a couple of questions!!!

  22. The Best Family October 13, 2009 at 03:33 #

    if and when we ever take charlotte and sophia to paris, i am totally copying sam and joe's itinerary!

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