A few months ago, some of our local friends mentioned an older commercial from a Norwegian bank, that starred George Clooney. In it, Clooney references a house in Lillestrøm, but it is actually in our city, Sandefjord. Not only is the house in our city, but on our street. And not just on our street, but right across from us. And on top of all of that, the commercial was voted the best commercial of 2011!We finally remembered to look it up last night. And I have to say, the commercial is pretty cute. And cool to see our neighbor’s house, too!
Ten things we enjoyed seeing, doing or trying while visiting Paris (in no particular order)…
8. Small neighborhoods – we liked exploring areas outside of the main part of the city
9. Sacre Coeur – a beautiful church (the inside was beautiful as well, and didn’t take long to go through despite big crowds) sitting on the highest point in the city
10. Disneyland Park Paris – so much fun! Read more HERE
We hoped we would have the chance to grab a coffee or share a meal together. What a wonderful treat that we got to spend all day Monday and several hours on Tuesday with each other. It was fun to explore new places together – and to get to practice Norwegian at the same time! What a great way to get to know our friends better.
We will not soon forget our time with our sweet friends: lots of laughs, checking out cool cars on Champs, exploring a Christmas market, crowded trains, pastries, Notre Dame, the tour of coffee shops, and what M&M probably thought was the worst meal of their trip (sorry about the spices – but we love Chipotle!).
We are so thankful for sweet friends!
|Arc de Triomphe|
|Car shop on Champs Elysees|
|Christmas Market… and a moose?!?!|
|This shop sells some interesting things…
look in the back of the window!
|Waiting on hot chocolate|
|She is so good with Daniel|
|Sharing dessert on their 19th wedding anniversary|
|Good friends, good coffee… and always silly|
We grabbed lunch this time around. It was a nice break from lots of walking. And the boys were excited to add one more guitar pin to their collections!
Just for fun, here are a few of the other HRC locations we’ve visited over the years…
|HRC Yankee Stadium – 2011|
|HRC New York City – 2011|
|Prague, Czech Republic
|Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago – 2009|
|HRC London – 2011|
|HRC Berlin – 2011|
|HRC Nassau Bahamas – 2012|
|HRC Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
ca. 2003 (who are those two babies in the photo?!?!)
|Entering the park (first time I’ve ever had to
bundle up for Disney!)
|Sleeping Beauty’s Castle|
|Everyone enjoyed Thunder Mountain|
|Thunder Mountain and the River Boat|
|On our way to Pirates|
|The main entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean|
|Great exterior at Pirates|
|Kristy – we took more pics at this ride than any
other, mainly because of you!
|Alice had a walkthrough section of the park –
the line was LONG and we chose not to wait
|The boys loved their first ride on the Teacups|
|It’s a Small World – the one ride that always has a quick line in
Orlando – had an excessively large line that we vetoed
|Daniel’s favorite ride|
|Space Mountain looked incredible – I’ve read it’s much more
intense than the Florida version
|Star Tours – Paris needs to update this ride|
|A highlight for the boys|
|Waiting for the tree lighting|
|All the shops had great window displays|
|Headed back to the city – it was a fun day!|
|The view from our bedroom
(when you lean WAYYYY out the window!)
This time around, we found an apartment in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris. It was old. Like, really old. On the fifth floor. No elevator. Spiral stairs. Squeaky floors. A bathtub that was just the right size… for Daniel. In fact, quite a few things (other than the really high ceilings) were his size!
|Everything in the apartment seemed to
be sized for our little man!
But we had a fully stocked kitchen. And it took all of two minutes to walk to the Metro. There was a grocery store about one minute from the front door, as well as a great kebab/doner shop. If you leaned out the bedroom window, you could see the Eiffel Tower. And there was a great view of Sacre Coeur from the kitchen. And Belleville is a very interesting and diverse area!
We highly recommend checking out AirBnB for your next trip.