The Countdown has begun….only 13 more days until we leave for our trip to Paris!

Last year’s journey through England was an amazing adventure, and we saw so much more than we could have ever imagined.   But it was a lot of traveling, not to mention the daily, anxiety-filled chore that was driving on the opposite side of the road in an opposite-sided car!  I think the stress took a few years off my life.  So this year, we wanted to stay in and around one place and take our time to explore at a slower place.

So, we rented a little apartment in the 11th Arrondissement in the Bastille neighborhood.   The apartment is on a little side street called the Cour Damoye, in a very old building…but the apartment is modern, has all the amenities we need, and should suit us fine.

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Cour Damoye (the street our apartment is on).

Cour Damoye (this is the street where our apartment is located).


The living room of our apartment (the apartment is owned by an architect from San Francisco).


Our kitchen.

For most of the trip,  we will be exploring Paris and visiting all of the major sites.  Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, etc. …and one evening, we booked an evening cruise down the Seine River.  We are also looking forward to eating our way through Paris…Lena is especially excited to see if chocolate croissants are even better in Paris.  I’m looking forward to eating baguettes, cheese and drinking wine!


The Seine River with Notre Dame in the distance




We also plan to take a few day trips by train (no driving on this trip).  We want to visit Versailles, which is supposedly vast beyond comprehension and impossible to see in a day.  We also want to go to Chartes to see one of the most famous cathedrals in the world.   The town of Chartes is also supposed to be very quaint and picturesque.   On another day trip, we are going to visit a little walled medieval town called Provins.  It sits on a hilltop and looks almost fairy-tale like.

Week-end au château de Versailles

Palace of Versailles


Hall of Mirrors at Versailles


Hilltop town of Provins


Walls surrounding Provins


Chartes Cathedral


Chartes, France

And last, but not least,… we have a special day planned for Lena….but we are going to wait until we get to France to tell her.  We are hoping to use this secret trip as a bribe and maybe we can coax good behavior for as long as possible.


Disneyland, Paris

Since Lena goes to bed pretty early at night, I think keeping this travel blog will be a nice diversion  after a long day of sightseeing.  Keep checking in to follow our adventure!


We are the Jones Family from New York City's vibrant East Village neighborhood. My wife and I are both architects...we love art and architecture... and I love photographing all aspects of our travel expeditions. Our 9 year old is already filling up her passport and enjoys discovering the joys of Europe. We caught the international travel bug a few years ago, and now we love to explore different cultures and to see the great big world that is out there!

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