Chapter 17. Family Visits Part II: Being ‘locals’ in Paris

Good afternoon! As promised, here is the second part of the series chronicling my family’s visit to Paris. I told you all about our visits to the big tourist sites in the last post, and now I’m going to share what we did that was a bit more local. These are the kind of things Marc and I do on a daily and/or weekly basis and they include some of the things I love the most about living in France.

Bois de Boulogne

Ah, our happy place. Murphy and I spend a couple hours walking in the Bois every day, and it was so nice to be able to share this with my mom and brother. I always feel such a sense of peace when I walk into the intense green and the noise of the streets just vanishes. Murphy obviously loves it as well- it is his playground, swimming pool and hunting ground for squirrels (and the occasional wild baguette!).

It’s a special time of year as the pond near us is full of ducklings, goslings, and cygnets. They are so fluffy and cute! Murphy is completely uninterested in them, but sometimes he gets a little too close and the mommies and daddies start to get all worked up. It can be a bit scary with the swans, they are huge and could do some damage if they wanted to!

Market and Market Lunch

Sunday tradition. Nearly every Sunday we walk Murphy through the Bois de Boulogne to the Marché des Sablons, have a treat or two, and buy food for lunch. I love the market- the people are friendly and hilarious, and the food is AMAZING. We bought Pastéis de Natas (Portuguese cream tarts) for our snack, and then picked up bread, cheese, paté, rillettes, and charcuterie for lunch. It was quite the spread!

Falafels in Le Marais

The Jewish Quarter of the city is amazing, full of cool shops and fantastic restaurants. We visited our favourite… Mi-Va-Mi Falafels and it was amazing as always! I can’t believe you can get such fresh, tasty food for only 6.5 Euros. You can’t even get McDonalds for that in Switzerland!

Shopping at the BHV

We didn’t do much shopping- the Euro is pretty strong against the Canadian dollar so it is quite expensive for Mom and Andy to buy things here. We did go to la Niche, which is the amazing pet store at the BHV. Mom bought Murphy a toy camel which he LOVED and therefore destroyed (almost instantly). RIP little camel.

Chȃteau de Vincennes

On Monday Mom and I had a free day- Marc was back at work and Andy was off to Disneyland. It was a stunning day so we decided to go on an outside adventure. We took the Metro to the other side of the city and visited Chȃteau de Vincennes and its gardens. It was really beautiful and full of interesting history.  I have to admit, my favourite part was that it had a moat (dry at the moment, sadly) and a drawbridge. So cool!

And last but not least, we went out on our last evening to see the Tour Eiffel sparkle. It sparkles on the hour, every hour after dark for five minutes. It was beautiful and ended up being the perfect way for mom and Andy to say goodbye to the city. It was so wonderful to have them here- we miss them already!


I hope you’ve enjoyed all our adventures. Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Lots of love,


PS- This is Murphy’s saddest ‘I miss my grandma’ face….


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