Friday, February 15, 2008
well we made it. the boys were fantastic on the plane. we flew out of Melbourne at midnight and once supper had been served both Archie4 and Hugo slept all the way to Hong Kong, which meant that we slept as well. our saving grace was the Qantas club, where the boys had space to sit, eat and have a base. we had a 2 hour stop in hong Kong and we all had breakfast. the big leg was next to heathrow and with sleep, TV, games and drawing we managed to pass the time. we eventually landed in Paris without our ski bag ( which they delivered the next day) both boys had fallen into a deep sleep on the plane from heathrow to Paris and didn't wake till the next morning.we had a car waiting for us, thank goodness and we all arrived at the hotel around 9pm local Paris time. the skyline on the way to the hotel was beautiful, however my eyelids hardly stayed open. we all slept well, woke at around 7am refreshed and ready to start exploring. Hugo keen to practice bonjour was excited. we went down to the hotel for breakfast and then set on our way. Hugo and Archie were amazing. Archie was on our back in a back pack and at sleep time he just slept in it. for a little boy that is only just starting to cut day sleeps out, Hugo walked all day. we lest around 8am just getting light. we walked to the notre dame and then to the louve. we caught a double Decker bus to galleries layfette the most amazing shopping centre in the world. had some lunch, back on the bus we went right round Paris hoping on and off to explore. we eventually arrived back at the hotel around 5pm. Hugo didn't complain once, absorbed sooo much and asked many questions, about details on buildings, odd signs, people and all things different, some that i wouldn't have ever noticed and some that children can only see. the wonder of a mosaic picture in the pavement with some tiles broken, the gargoyles on the churches, the nativity scene in notre dame.
i had never been to Paris before but i am so glad i did with a 4 year old by my side. i got to experience all the beauty and wonder of Paris the amazing city through an adults view as well as the wonderful view of a child's.