photos from paris, part II

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here are some photos from our morning exploring montmartre and the sacre coeur! we did a lot of walking this day (from the centre pompidou to the sacre coeur and later to the louvre) but the weather was autumn perfection so we enjoyed being outside most of the day. montmarte is probably one of my favorite parts of paris. i know it’s pretty touristy and cliche, but i love it anyway. all those old french artists displaying their work while smoking cigars! haha. i am such a tourist. i eat that stuff up!

ps. if you’re curious on where clothing and items are from  in this post, i listed all of it HERE in my last post. these photos were taken with our Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR, which we use for both full HD video and stills.


^^^how can you not love it, right? that artists square is just darling.^^^


^^^right? in my next life, please someone remind me i wanna be a painter.^^^


^^^and our own tiny artist soaking it all in.^^^


^^^we went to the louvre later on that evening but i had my notes all wrong and had read somewhere online that they were open until 11PM that night but no way, they had totally closed at 5 or 6. it was one of those moments where i was kicking myself because i don’t even remember where i read that, but i had written it down in my notes. when you only have 5 days in paris and you’re traveling with littles, you gotta keep on top of your game if you wanna make the most of your trip. anyway, a disappointing moment of the trip for me.  i had been to the louvre before, but josh hadn’t ever been so i felt a little bad i had dragged him and the kids all the way there when they were closed and now he wouldn’t be able to go in on this trip. we warmed up inside the big shopping mall they have downstairs though for a good hour while the kids ran free up and down the halls and played with some iPads in the apple store. we were able to connect to wifi there and figure out a dinner spot and map it out before heading back out into the cold.  you win some, you lose some.^^^


^^^i don’t think they minded missing out on seeing the mona lisa though. i mean, iPads!^^^


^^^more crepe lovin! i’m ending every one of these paris posts with a food pic. ;) ^^^

 ps. eiffel tower photos HERE and paris part I HERE.

  1. these are so beautiful!! how were y’all able to communicate in paris? had you had some background on the language or did you have to learn certain words and such?

  2. Michelle

    I love your pictures of Paris– so vibrant and beautiful. You captured the heart of the city perfectly! I can’t wait to see more.

  3. OMG so beautiful! You captured such great images, I love them all :)


  4. amanda

    ahhhhhhh love this. once again, thank you for showing that it really is possible to travel (like, FOR REAL travel) with tiny children. My husband and I haven’t travelled near enough and since we’ll start trying for babes soon, it’s good for me to see that it really is possible.

  5. my husband and i went to paris in october and i absolutely couldn’t get over the louvre at night – it looks so beautiful!

  6. Wow, love your pics! Don’t feel too bad about the Louvre: the kids will come back one day and appreciate it more. I went once when I was a kid and thought it was a bore, I didn’t really appreciate it ’til I went back when I was in my 20’s.

  7. i can’t get enough of these posts! your babies are eating it up — and i love all of the art. can’t wait to go some day and see what you and your family saw! love.

  8. Camille from paris

    Hello, I am regular reader of your blog, even if I am Parisian, I totally love it. Thank you for your nice pictures and report of Paris. It points up that its very nice place to discover and to live.

  9. Kate V.

    Hi Naomi, I’m not trying to be rude, but I wanted to express my opinions. I think lately your blog has been getting unrelatable to someone like me. I understand that this is ultimately a business for you above all, and are probably making a good deal of money from it. I just think that all your post lately have been some kind of sponsored post. I know this is a “family vacation” but you’re still pushing the bugaboo on us. I wish you would write about your thoughts on marriage, motherhood, ect. I don’t imagine that you will give up sponsors for good content but I just hope you can be a little more honest instead of trying to be as “relatable” as possible to potential buyers.

  10. Flore

    Louvre’s late closures are on Wednesday and Friday, closes at 21:45, all the other days it’s 18:00 :-)

  11. Danielle

    @Kate V.

    Besides the last picture there was no mention or image of the bugaboo…

    I get where you’re coming from though, I’ve been reading this blog for quite a while and preferred it when it was more glimpses into their lives rather than everything being an event. But at the same time, things change.

  12. gorgeous! looks like you hit all the right places!

  13. Heather

    Oh my Paris looks so enchanting and colourful! I have to visit that city soon! Amazing!

  14. Rosie

    I love Artists Square too, you can get the best ice cream up there :)

  15. maggie

    These photos are beautiful – as is your coat!!!

  16. Lolly

    Love the Paris pics!!!
    I rented an apartment in Paris in June 2012 at the top of the 15th, just a block or two away from the Eiffel Tower. I loved this location–I ran the around the Eiffel Tower in the early morning/criss-crossing the Seine. It was quiet and neighborhood-like, away from the hubbub of the city center, yet just a short walk to the Metro with easy access to street markets, boulangeries, supermarkets and drug stores. If you ever return to Paris for an extended stay, I highly recommend apartment rental for a family as it is cost-efficient and it spares you from having to find every single meal out and about, which can be a bit difficult with kids in tow. And it is just more fun to pretend you actually live there!!
    And FYI, I could’ve used your heavy coat, even in June! Paris lies on the same latitude as Vancouver, so it is quite a bit chillier than NY. The days were also freakishly long—we could see the Eiffel Tower from our living room and, at almost 10pm, its lights still had not come on.
    I am so anxious to go back!!!

  17. julia

    hooray for E’s outfits! i love that she’s not wearing pink dresses!

  18. Quyen

    It bothers me too when my plans don’t work out as I hope, but in all my years of traveling, i’ve learned that it works out for the best and at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you have fun and continue to do so on the trip. Looks like a great trip. Paris is always a good time.

  19. It’s wonderful that you’ve been able to expose your children to travel at such an early age – hopefully they will love it all their lives.

  20. hanna

    This trip looks amazing. –Hanna Lei

  21. klara

    so adventurous you are! but please tell me how do you manage with no tights or socks in that cold weather?

  22. Sinead

    That’s disappointing about the Louvre but hey, just think of it as an excuse to return to Paris again! :-)

  23. rikki

    gosh, no kidding about those paintings! i will definitely take my next life being a painter! i can hardly believe my eyes in the talent right on the street side, i’ve never been to paris, but it’s like i would’ve brought every painting of it home with me!

  24. I was in Paris last Christmas – the best week’s travel ever. I LOVED the department store windows, I hope you had the chance to show them to your little ones.
    Another interesting part of the trip were the metro stations – they’ve each got their own character. Some of them are a little boring for kids, but there are some really interesting ones.

  25. valerie

    I”m honestly not saying this to be rude. I like reading your blog. I realize it’s your blog and you can do whatever you want. I really want to enjoy reading your blog. However, I find this post pretty boring. I think it’s because everyone is basically wearing the same stuff. Of course, I don’t blame you for not bring tons of different coats for everyone. Who would?! I just wish you would’ve edited the photos down more and just made Paris one post and moved on to something else. Again, it’s your blog, not mine. Maybe you don’t care what I think. I really am not trying to be mean. I just feel like I’d like to know when stuff is getting a little boring. If you love doing it like this, than please do. But perhaps, if you’ve felt things have been a little boring , this will encourage you to mix it up a little more.

  26. Taza, beautiful photos, as always! so sorry to hear about the Louvre – just an excuse to go back, no ?

    Happy New Year!

  27. Loving the photo of a pallete with paint on it but all of these are amazing! :)

  28. Carly

    I love Paris, and if I had just spent a vacation there, I would post multiple entries with tons of crepe pictures, too. I don’t understand the readers who complain about your lack of clothing variety (you’re wearing coats!) or claim that a picture of your stroller is “pushing” sponsors.

    Beautiful photos. It looked like a wonderful trip.

  29. Carolyn

    thank you for sharing about your trip! even the disappointments, as traveling is always imperfectly perfect. :) I admire that you travel internationally with little kids, as I would love to one day!

  30. Headed there in two days – giddy with excitement! Paris is always a good idea :)

  31. Sharon

    Lovely photos, taza! Your babies are just the sweetest!

  32. Jessica Lopez

    Hello ‘Taza’! :) Where did you get your red coat?! I absolutely love it!

  33. Sierra

    Oh, my heart! So jealous of your adventures in Paris. I have always wanted to go!

  34. Noelle

    I too, visited Paris with my family this last October and fell. in. LOVE! Paris is magical and your photos reminded me of just that! I only hope one day I have a family as cute as yours. Love reading your blog as always!

    -Noelle (your friend from Seattle)

  35. Taylor

    I love these pictures! And as the ones before, they leave me itching to get out and travel and dying to go see Paris and eat delicious food (mostly crepes and duck). Love it!


  36. jen

    such a fun trip! your little ones will adore these pictures someday!

  37. Melissa

    Falling in love on each of your pictures you posted of your two little cuties every single time.Their smiles always tells they have a wonderful time!Round of applause to you two amazing parents<3

  38. Jess

    I love crepes! So yummy.
    and those paintings were GORGEOUS! I would totally have been a tourist there too.

  39. Maslacak

    aren’t your feet cold? brr…

  40. Rodnay Gittit

    The lovely Paris!!! amazing pictures :)