ADI’s Travel

We are a young family that loves to travel and go on adventures. When it was just the two of us — David and Iris — as college students we kept ourselves on a very tight budget. Now that we have our amazing daughter, Abigail, we've learned to go on family-friendly trips while still saving big. We love to go on all sorts of adventures, but most of all, we love cute chocolate shops, museums, and plays.

Adventures

A Concert of a Lifetime

A weekend day trip for Abby's favorite band!
April 2024

Boston Marathon with a Baby 🏃🏼‍♀️

Perfect weather, cheering the marathon runners on.
April 2024

93% Solar Eclipse in Boston

The heavens line up for something greater: a fun afternoon.
April 2024

Spring Break 2024 - A Family Adventure Through Ireland, London, and Paris

Our first time in Europe. A non-stop whirlwind tour to see all the highlights in 10 days of spring break.
March 2024

Cruise to Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Maya

8 days of pure relaxation!
January 2024

Thursday, March 14, 2024 - Our First Full Day in Paris 🖼️

Iris,

We woke up kinda late, but we all felt very well rested. Abigail was still sleeping so David and I could take a shower and get a bit of work done before starting the day. When Abby did wake up, we were off! We decided to travel light and left our backpacks behind at the hotel and just had a small toiletry bag for Abby’s diapers and wipes.The hotel breakfast was crazy expensive, so we opted for a french bakery just a block away recommended by the hotel. It didn’t disappoint. The pastries were delicious and swoon-worthy. The workers didn’t speak much English, we just took pictures of the pastries we wanted and showed them the pictures. The only inconvenient thing was that the bakery didn’t have any chairs, which is common for French bakeries, so we ate at the standing table they had along the wall and Abby ate in her stroller, and we didn’t quite mind because the food was divine. Once we got food, we were off to the Louvre, which we were all sooooooo excited for.

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Loving the Louvre 🎨

We had reservations for the Louvre at 9am, which we missed by two hours. When arriving to the Louvre, there’s a person there checking everyone’s reservations before sending them in line, because our reservation had already passed instead of sending us into the line going into the famous pyramid (don’t worry we did get to go through the pyramid later), she sent us to this back entrance, which seemed shorter anyways, so we didn’t mind much, although still pretty long. After getting through the line in the Louvre, we were so excited to finally explore the museum, but alas Abby was getting tired. After the looks we got for a fussy baby at the Orsay, we decided to chill in the Visitor center of the Louvre, which is the big triangle, then wait until she was asleep to check out the rest of the exhibits, which is actually the Victorian style building around the triangle. Unfortunately for us, Abby did not want to sleep with all the excitement. After what felt like an hour, she finally fell asleep.

So we explored the museum!

It felt like there was so much to see that the museum was never-ending, so we decided to pick big areas or particular items we wanted to check out and go from there. Of course, our first stop was the Mona Lisa. The crowd around the Mona Lisa was HUGE!

Mona Lisa

Then we explored the rest of the museum, which was much less crowded, although still the most crowded of all the museums we visited. We visited the French Crown Jewels, Statues of Gudea, the Stele of the Vultures, Tamutnefret's coffins, among others.

Stele of the Vultures

We spent a good 2-3 hours exploring the museum and walking around. By the time Abby woke up, our legs were sore and we were ready to take a break. We grabbed lunch at the cafe in the Louvre, where the prices weren’t actually too expensive.

Checking into the Hotel (again?) Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme 🇫🇷

By the time we decided we wanted to visit Paris, most hotels were fully booked, so we had to book two different hotels for the two nights. So we went back to grab our stuff from the hotel, to check in to the next hotel which, fortunately for us, wasn’t too far away.

When we got to the hotel, we were greeted by two Americans, who were some of the friendliest and talkative people we met on our entire trip. We also ran into a young couple, who left their baby at home and was in awe that we brought our baby on our adventure. We weren’t sure whether to take their comment as a complement or a critique. I choose to take it as a complement. When we got to our room, our legs were soooo tired, and I was ready for a nap. The room was breathtaking. The room came with a balcony as well overlooking the city which was beautiful. The bathtub was huge! The room even came with baby amenities (which were to our surprise) such as a diaper changing table, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby conditioner, and a baby training toilet. And of course, the room had complementary macaroons, which Abigail ate before we even noticed they were there. Abby and I decided we would have a “Mommy & Me Spa Day” as Daddy went shopping for new Parisian outfits for Mommy and Daddy. Before David bought the outfits, because outfits in Paris are not cheap, we came over to try it on. David even found a personal shopper at the store, who had 3 personalized outfits for me, which were all adorable and definitely to my taste! Then we decided to check out the baby section which was CRAZY expensive, but Abby needed a pair of shoes, since she refused to wear the ones we brought her and at this rate we were going through baby socks faster than anything, she picked out cute, and expensive, baby shoes, which will definitely be going to all of our kids after her, because they were crazy expensive but we were desperate! Then we headed back to the hotel to change into our outfits really fast, because we wanted to make it to the Eiffel Tower before sunset.

Eiffel Tower 🏆

We took a taxi to the Eiffel Tower, because what people don’t tell you about Paris is that everything is sooooo far away. It's too far to walk unlike in London. Then we explored the outside of the Eiffel Tower and took tons of pictures. We didn’t go up it, because based on reviews we read it wasn’t the best place for a baby, having tons of stairs and being very crowded. But who knows? Maybe we’ll try it next time we visit. We just didn’t feel the need to this time. Since just seeing The Eiffel Tower was so incredible for us! It was the “thing” that we both really wanted to see in Paris and it did not disappoint. For some reason, I thought the Eiffel Tower was silver/ metal-ly, but I was most surprised that it’s golden brown. It was so cool! There were vendors selling cool trinkets all around the Eiffel Tower, which we later realized that they were selling at a really good price, so pro tip, if you want a mini Eiffel Tower definitely get it from them. They were literally selling them for like 1 Euro each. Then we got a chocolate banana crepe, and took more pictures as the sun set and the lights of the Eiffel Tower turned on.

Then we took a taxi back to our hotel to enjoy a dinner in our AMAZING room as we enjoyed the view from our balcony and finished Mulan from the night before. Then we went to bed, because we had a big day planned for our last day in Paris.

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