WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the majority of the trip getting frowns from storekeepers and fellow diners as we embarrassedly reprimanded our children? Would the girls really enjoy the trip, which comes at a considerable cost? Would we? In the end, we went for it, and it was well worth it. My husband gave lectures about manners. I spent hours reading travel blogs. We checked out a lot of children's books from the library that are set in Paris. After scouring different rental websites, we finally settled on a small apartment in the 6th arrondissement (district) through VRBO vacation rentals. Having rented houses on the Vineyard, with varying levels of cleanliness, I was skeptical. I was even more skeptical when we were instructed to mail the check to a bank in Malta and were told that a representative would meet us at the apartment two hours after our flight was due to arrive. (Wasn't there a movie that started like this?) However, it worked out beautifully. Our flight was on time. The representative turned out to be a young American studying in Paris, who was earning some money by letting American renters into the apartments they rented. The building was lovely. It was on a side street in St.-Germain-des- Prés, with large blue doors that had once ushered in horses and car- riages. There was an idyllic courtyard and our apartment was on the second floor with floor-to-ceiling windows that opened up onto the street below. The rooms were clean and uncluttered. The washing machine worked (even if the dryer was nonexistent). In addition, one of the best "disasters" to happen to us was that we forgot our stroller and were forced to rent one. While I was busy taking deep inhales upon realizing my packing mistake at Logan, my husband Googled a stroller rental company that even had double strollers — something we did not. This was one item that saved our trip. Our youngest child napped in the stroller regularly in the afternoon and was refreshed and ready to have late dinners. Our oldest was too tall to nap in there, but she enjoyed riding in it, allowing us to walk most places. Another lucky coincidence was that we were in Paris during the first week of August, when the Parisians have left the city for vacation. It was the perfect time to introduce our young children to the city — 184 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 excursions "they negotiated the lines and rules of the playground" J O U B I N H A S S A N E I N

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