I’m excited that Paris With Children is finally out! And I saw it priced at $12.01 on amazon.com–which is a deal!
I stopped into La Grande Orange, a trendy specialty store here in Phoenix, and saw the book on the shelf–always an exciting moment to see it somewhere outside of your own house! I can’t wait to read the press as it starts to roll out.
Gayot.com posted a link to their review on my Facebook page today. Here’s a snippet. You can read the rest of it via my FB page (and don’t forget to “like” my page while you’re there) or read it on their site.
“All too often, the difference between the fantasy of traveling with children (wee ones skipping along in wonder against a majestic European backdrop) and the reality (jet-lagged children who won’t leave the hotel) can be vast. Thanks to The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children, you don’t have to wait until your kids are in college to visit Paris.
Paris with Children guides you through visiting Paris’ most important sights in a child-friendly way. Organized around places to play, eat, shop and stay, the book allows you to plan your day around activities that both you and your children will love.
Levesque did her homework. She lists classic cafés where Parisians take their children and tells you where to get the best pain au chocolat in town. The book also lists plenty of food options for picky eaters and suggests picnic spots, marionette shows, pony rides and ice-cream parlors………”
I hope to see everyone there on Friday, April 26th!
We were compelled by heavy rain to pop into the nearest café, but I’d recommend avoiding the tourist-laden cafés on Ave. de la Bourdonnais near the Champ du Mars park behind the Eiffel Tower (this was taken at Le Dome). At least I got a cute photo out of it!
I’ll post an official invitation once I have it, but it’s open to everyone, so please come–the more the merrier!
Award-winning bakery, Classic Cakes & Confections is also sponsoring the event with macarons and fleur-de-lys cookies, and we’ll have cocktails and drinks for kids.
And the boutique will of course be staffed for anyone who’d like to shop. Katie drew inspiration for Garage from Colette–the trendsetting concept store in Paris with a cult-ish following that spans the entire spectrum of celebrity from fashionistas to athletes.
Garage Boutique is organizing a pre-sale, so you’ll be able to purchase the book before the event, pick it up there, and I’ll sign it. I’ll post details as I have them. It should be a hoot!
What: Book release party and signing
When: Friday, April 26, 2013, 5pm-7pm
Where: Garage Boutique, 7144 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
I’m going to recycle some posts from my old site, smallbatchtravel.com. There was no way to migrate them to the new website, but I’ll try to refresh the content here and there. Of course I’ll continue making new posts as well!
I haven’t taken a trip in the last four years without one of these beautiful and portable bags. At home they function as reusable grocery bags–on the road they have become a beach, diaper, shopping and carry-on bag. Each one folds up into a neat little 4″ package and can hold up to 44 lbs. The first five-piece set pictured here is priced at $39.95 on envirosax.com.
For chronic international airport over-shoppers like my mom, Envirosax are a handy way to bring your impulse purchases onto the plane. I usually get them at www.brightandbold.com (discounts offered from time to time make them a great value).
An Envirosax Graphic Series bag is 19.7″ by 16.5″, and folds up to the size of a piece of sushi, 4″ by 1.5″ diameter. It weighs in at just 1.4oz. An Envirosax can quite comfortably hold two plastic grocery bags of shopping, and has been tested to hold at least 44lbs.
The inks and dyes used in the printing of the polyester graphic series bags are eco-friendly and no carcinogenic amides are used. The printing process of sublimation ensures that the bags will not fade when washed.
The release date for Paris with Children is set for April 16, 2013, but you may be able to find it in a few retail stores the first week in April–I’ll let you know which ones once we’ve got it squared away.
Here’s a glimpse at the book; I’ve also posted a few excerpts under the ‘Books’ tab on this website.
We spent a lot of time in the parks around Paris, as always, this past December. Jardin du Luxembourg is probably my favorite in the city. It’s quintessential Paris with children; generations of families have strolled, played, and picnicked in this storied park. It’s the kind of place that tempts parents to consider relocating to Paris. Le Luco, as it is affectionately called by Parisians, makes visitors feel like locals.
Its elegant landscape is a paradise for kids: an elaborate playground, an enclosed marionette theatre, Charles Garnier’s vintage carousel, pony and donkey rides, and model sailboats in the grand bassin make it easy to idealize life in the capital. Many of the activities are clustered on the western side of the park, closest to the rue Guynemer and rue d’Assas entrances.
I should be writing about our trip to Paris, which by the way was brilliant, but instead I’m baking scones. I’ll post about the trip in the coming weeks.
We are still recovering from jet lag. I’m trying to figure out how to update my website and blog efficiently, playing with new camera lenses and relearning Photoshop Elements. I anticipate that blog posts will come slowly as I try to sort all of this out.
In the meantime, my chocolate chip scones were a hit with the girls–it gave me a chance to try my lens out on some close-up shots. I’ve included the recipe if you’re a scone fan! Admittedly it’s not the healthiest of snacks, but still a pretty good, quick comfort food.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c organic sugar (I buy Trader Joe’s brand, but white will work as well)
1 tbs baking powder
6 tbs cold, salted butter (or if unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the mix)
1 large egg
2/3 c plain yogurt (I used plain, nonfat Greek) or cream (half and half or heavy)
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. chocolate chips
(1 tsp orange zest for those who like the orange-chocolate combo)
Mix the first three ingredients together in a bowl. Add the butter in slices to the dry ingredients then use a pastry blender to combine––the result will be a dry, crumbly mixture. Use a fork to mix in the egg and yogurt. Add chocolate chips. Use your hands to combine the ingredients and shape them into a ball. Continue adding yogurt or cream as needed so that the dough is well combined and that no flour is crumbling and falling off–if it is, the scones will be too dry. Press ball into a flat circle on a greased cookie sheet until it’s approximately 3/4″ thick. Cut the circle into quarters and again until there are 12 triangular-ish scones. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
En largo camino paja pesa.
On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy.
It’s packing time again–we (me, Matt and the girls) are off to Paris next week for work and play. This packing list by Doug Dyment, comprehensive yet efficient, has forever been my favorite. If you’re traveling with specialized equipment for example as a photographer would, of course you’ll have to augment the list. Families with infants, or those with other exceptional needs, will need to add gear and other necessities to it, but for most of us, the list is quite perfect.
Each time I pull this list out, I’m reminded of the first time I took my high-school students to Europe. I handed it out to the kids to help them prepare for packing. At least five students came in with the same question the following day; they, and their parents, wanted to know why they’d need contraceptives for our trip–it was on the list…oops.
Tailor it to meet your own needs and you’ll be prepared for anything.
I’ve pasted the list here and provided several links to it within this post.
A One-Page Packing Checklist
2 pairs trousers/skirts (shorts?)
3+ pairs socks
3+ pairs undergarments
long (lightweight) underwear
dark (cardigan) sweater
parka, coat, or equivalent
long T-shirt or sarong (nightclothes?)
necktie, scarf, shawl, hairband, bandanna
gloves / mittens
sun hat / knitted cap, hat clip
1 pair dressy shoes (laces?)
1 pair walking shoes/boots (laces?)
flip-flops or sandals
travel pack or shoulder bag
(& luggage cart?)
daypack (fanny pack? purse?)
lightweight duffel/laundry bag
luggage lock(s) (cable?)
alarm clock/watch (batteries?)
flashlight, headstrap, extra batteries (bulbs?)
knife, screwdrivers, pliers, scissors
spoon (fork? chopsticks? spork?),
(coffee tin lid) plate or bowl
safety pins, cord, fasteners
sewing kit, including large needle
to accommodate dental floss
(Ziploc®) plastic bags, garbage bags
repair tape (packing tape? glue?)
toothbrush, cap, tooth cleaner, floss
razor, blades, shaving oil/cream
comb and/or hairbrush
shampoo, bar soap & container
nail clippers[unbreakable] mirror
viscose towel (washcloth?)
inflatable travel pillow
earplugs (sleep mask?)
sleep sack (sleeping bag?
bivouac sack? blanket? tent?)
universal (flat) sink stopper
detergent, spot remover
(surgical latex braid) clothesline (carabiner?)
inflatable hangers [to dry clothes]
toilet paper, water squirt bottle,
(chemical or mechanical) water purifier
analgesic of choice
diarrhea treatment of choice
infection treatment of choice
insect repellent, mosquito net
sunscreen, lip balm
bandages (other first aid?)
and/or prophylactic supplies
vitamins, necessary medications
(collapsible) plastic water bottle & cup
dark glasses, retainer, case
lens cleaning cloth/supplies, copy
of prescription (spare glasses?)
pen(s), small notebook, glue stick
[for notes, addresses, diary, …]
personal address book (stamps?)
maps, guidebooks, phrase books, Post-it® notes, restaurant lists, membership cards, business/calling cards, telephone access numbers
large envelopes [to mail things home]
passport, visas, extra passport photos, vaccination certificates
copies of important documents
(international?) driver’s license, health insurance information
charge & ATM cards, cash (traveller’s cheques?)
2 personal cheques
security pouch [worn under clothes]
camera (lenses? flash? tripod? extra cards & batteries? charger? download adapter?)
cellular telephone (charger?)
travel computer (flash drive? power cord/adapters? network cable(s)?)