Be still my heart, I love Paris


and I recently wrote about our June 2009 trip on the Haven In Paris blog.


Three years ago when planning our once-in-a-lifetime vacation I found the most amazing apartment on the Champs Elysées next to the Arc d’Triomphe– the best part?– the sleeping arrangements for eight made this plush apartment less expensive than the cheapest hotel rooms. Not only did an English-speaking Parisian meet us at the door, but she prepped us on the use of the Apple laptop, whirred through the kitchen appliances, fluffed the pillows and showed us the way to the grocery store.


It took seven years of planning and saving to get us there and I think the anticipation helped us enjoy every minute. My boys spouted facts about artists and kings and emperors while practicing their French. Truth is, they’ve been obsessed with the language ever since. And you should see Ben and Stefan’s walls covered with prints of their favorite works of art from the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay.

Hans brushing up on a little history on our way to Versailles

If you’re going to visit one city in Europe with children, I’d suggest Paris (and this is coming from a girl who speaks German). No other locale offers such ease of transportation and varied activities as the City of Lights. Did you know everyone under eighteen receives free admission to every major museum and monument? Did you know Paris has the best Metro system in Europe? In other cities, you’ll walk a mile between stops, but the famous (and beautiful) Paris Metro serves every corner of the beautiful city.

ooh, I looked a lot younger and thinner then


In fact, the only place we paid entrance to was the catacombs– fascinating and worth every penny. Parisians has an amazing chapter on these tunnels under Paris.

fire dancers at Sacre Coeur

Someday, one day, I’ll go back. But probably never again with all six kids in tow– it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I’m so grateful we experienced the magic together.


February 14, 2012
February 17, 2012



  1. Elizabeth

    February 17, 2012

    Hmmm. Sounds so lovely.

  2. Tracy

    February 17, 2012

    Your photo album is fabulous. Also – that passionate kiss. Yeow. xo

  3. jfb

    February 23, 2012

    I found your blog via HIP and have loved looking at your gorgeous photos! I teach French in Cache Valley – it was a nice surprise to see the Garlick family on your blog. I taught their beautiful Jocie.

    Weird question, but do you do some work for Shutterfly? Your kids’ faces look so familiar to me…

  4. Brandon Hudson

    December 11, 2013

    Really appreciable art work. I have never seen these types of designed chair ever. Very cool and marvelous designing.

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