Paris, the City of Light becomes the City of Stairs once you have a baby. The Métro is the biggest challenge. No elevators, rarely an escalator, plus a heavy stroller filled with urban exploring supplies, not to mention the baby. It’s enough to make a person huff before even taking the first step. But when you live in Paris, you’re not huffing it to the Eiffel Tower every day, and if I were to go to the Eiffel Tower, I’d be taking Uber.
There was a time when I would feel guilty for even taking the Métro or the bus, thinking I should be walking everywhere lest I miss a chance to photograph the latest cat art around town:
But being a mother makes an urban explorer adjust her expectations. Strolls are more local, I pack a picnic blanket, I take the friggin’ taxi. Otherwise I just get angry and flustered, which rubs off on the lovely Amélie. She’s a good little traveler. She likes stopping for coffee and is patient when I do photo shoots with the new book.
By the way, the book launches June 20th, so if you’re thinking of buying a copy for you and yours, it helps your humble author more to buy on or before the launch day… one of those statistical plays that helps climb your book to the top of the charts. Here’s a handy list of places to buy your book. I’ve also included a signed bookplate over at my Etsy shop because a few friends asked for it and it’s more cost effective for everyone if you buy the book locally or online, then I send you an autograph to slap inside. Done and done!
They are doing their Christmas shopping early and want an autographed book. I’m happy to oblige while I’m hanging out close to home with this good little French girl: