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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So, on the second night that we were there, the girls were in excep- tionally good spirits at 10 p.m., post dinner. They were fueled on chocolate, and we were fueled on red wine. We decided to go for it. The Eiffel Tower is magical at night. The girls waited patiently in line for a little less than two hours and we were lucky enough to be on the last ride up to the top. The girls thought that the tower looked like gold with all the lights. Waiting in line was also a strangely wonderful expe- rience. We met all sorts of people. There was a newly married couple on their honeymoon from Argentina. They were doing a crazy sprint through Europe in a month. The wife had two small Eiffel Tower rings on her hand and gave one to my oldest daughter who thought the ring and stranger were equally beautiful. It was one of those experiences where you are with a set number of people for a long enough time that you have conversations. As with any vacation, our trip ended far too soon. We left with great memories and a long list of places that we hope to visit another time. In retrospect, I feel lucky that the opportunity presented itself and that we didn't shy away from it. 190 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 J O U B I N H A S S A N E I N excursions "the tower looked like gold" Ways to Survive Paris With Two Young Children: n Rent/bring a double stroller if there is any chance that your children will fit in it. n Go at the beginning of August when Paris is emptier. n Pack a picnic blanket and buy sandwiches early so that you are prepared when hunger strikes. n Let the kids nap in the stroller and make that the adults' time to explore.

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