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‘This is Paris,’ ‘This is San Francisco,’ but where is ‘This is Tokyo?’

I searched and searched for travel books to excite a two year old kid as well as inform me as to what are best things to do when we traveled. I found these, written by Sasek in 1959! With a minimum of words and a maximum of illustrations, 'This is Paris' captures the magic of mankind's capital city. 'This is…read more
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Birth of ‘Let’s Go, Paris’ pour les enfants…

Also, she and I developed a little ritual, to provide her with photos and information to get her excited about the voyage she was about to undertake. And then, I started to get calls from friends and strangers who had heard about my travels with my baby to get tips about traveling to distant lands, with different systems, logic, with little kids. ... My first business trip back after my maternity leave was to Toronto, Canada, and I had to figure out quickly, all of the tricks of traveling around the world with a little baby.

Travelogue 360 Paris

Travelogue 360 Paris is an I SPY - like game that has you hunting for clues in Paris neighborhoods.  The graphics are beautiful and the life-like scenes will remind you more of a gritty Paris experience than images scraped off a postcard.  I haven't tried it yet with the kids, but I'm sure our 7-year old will love it.  You can try a 60-minute demo at Macgamestore.

Restaurant Find – Rotisserie du Beaujolais

Here's what appears to be a good one, though we got serious about it too late to get reservations. The Rotisserie du Beaujolais is right across the street and run by the Tour d'Argent. Food is simple bistrot, but the setting overlooks Notre Dame and the menu looked tasty though Patricia Wellslike it too much. Address is: 19, Quai Tournelle, 75005 Paris, 01 43 54 17 47 Website supposedly is La Tour d'Argent, but I couldn't find any details anywhere.


Food stuff to bring back from Paris

With globalization and the internet, there is less stuff to bring back from Paris that you truly can't find back home, especially if you have a Trader Joes in the neighborhood....  This list courtesy of Food & Wine:VANILLA SUGAR - Packets of this French housewife's staplecan be found in the baking section of the supermarket.  It'sgreat sprinkled on French toast, over fruit tarts, or in cafe au lait.PEPPERCORNS - French supermarkets sell white and mixed(pink, green, white and black) peppercorns in disposable mills.LENTILLES DUPUY - I love these tiny green lentils from theremote Auvergne because they keep their shape when cooked.They are especially good simmered in wine with garlic sausage.FLAGEOLETS - These pale green dried beans shaped like afingernail go with roast lamb like jelly goes with peanut butter.DIJON MUSTARD - The mustard made for the U.S. marketlacks the nose-assaulting bite of the stuff sold in France.MAYONNAISE - French mayonnaise often comes in tubes; it's notsweet like the American version and tastes more like homemade.BOUQUETS GARNIS - The herbs essentialfor pot au-feu and boeuf bourguignon (parsley,bay leaf and thyme) come dried in sachets thatlook like tea bags, so they're easy to remove.HERBES DE PROVENCE - This blend ofdried thyme, rosemary, summer savory and bayleaves is used in Provenqal stews and grilledfoods.  It's amazingly hard to find in the U.S.HERB AND TEAS Some of my favorites areverveine (verbena), tilleul (linden blossom) andfraise-cassis (strawberry and black currant).Bon appetit!

American mom’s ideas for stuff to do with her 5-year old in Paris

An American mother in Paris/In search of the City of Light's PG-rated attractions Janis Cooke Newman   (05-13) 04:00 PDT Paris -- My date at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower is making a crayfish dance on the edge of his platter of seafood. He wiggles a little pair of orange claws at me. I smile and tenderly touch his cheek. Then we gaze out past the filigree struts of the tower to the lights of Paris glittering in the night sky.   "Always see Paris with someone you love." The first man who took me to Paris gave me this advice. I was in my 20s, and was certainly in love with him.   We stayed in a little hotel above a 24-hour Vietnamese takeout restaurant and spent hours strolling beside the Seine. Each time we passed beneath a bridge I kissed him.   Now, nearly 20 years later, I'm sitting in Altitude 95, the restaurant halfway up the Eiffel Tower, watching someone I love make a crayfish dance. Someone who earlier this evening dropped a crayon into my white wine: my 5- year-old son, Alex.