I wanted a caricature of the kids on one of our stops. We've seen them a dozen times on this trip but I've never pressured them to stop. I know my parents had them done of the three of us many years ago adn the format hasn't changed. (Stephanie will remember the year and location) The kids are at the perfect age to find it fun and the girls were very eager to sit for their portrait.
VOILÀ, two out of three isn't bad.
Finally, 16-years later, Suzanne and I made it back to Paris, and it is just as beautiful as we remembered (and has just as much dog poopy, too). Only this time with our three beautiful kids - wow, what a concept! It was Izzy's pick on the trip-plan, so we are letting her help drive the tourist agenda.
So far we have wandered around and seen some great sites (most postings coming) and it has been a lot of fun. The kids really like it here and love the food (cheese, bread and pomme frites)! We like the wine, cheese and coffee - although we feel like we should start smoking (and each walk a small dog).
The girls even sat for a caricature street-drawing for their mom! Good sports them.
Plus, the apartment Suzanne found is amazing - a fun "party house" right in the middle of LGBT "boy's town" in Paris, so the restaurants and bars and stores are extra nice as is the apartment itself with hot tub, sauna, steam room and drop-down movie projector. We'd like to show you some shots but they might frighten some more impressionable kids - and some of the artwork is definitely NSFW/R-rated. But we're lovin' it though and feel lucky and spoiled to have found it.
Welcome to Gay Paree, indeed!
P.S. One way Paris is definitely changing is in its racial diversity; there are many more African and Middle Eastern immigrant/citizens here now than 16-years ago. Wealth distribution and population shifts looking for work are driving this all over Europe. It feels more like NYC or London now.