Travel Photo Diary – L’Open Bus Tour Paris

This year, it was time to hand over my iPad to Zee (although let’s face it, she’s been the boss of it, and the one who was most clued up on how it all worked, since I first got it when she was just two years old πŸ˜€).

Shawn bought me an iPad Pro in January – with a Smart Keyboard (which has proven to be invaluable for writing blog posts) and an Apple Pencil, because he’s cute like that. πŸ˜‰ So the time had come to delete the social media apps, and anything else unnecessary for a little one, and officially hand over Ol’ Faithful.

A few days ago, Zee came to sit next to me with it, and started showing me some old pics, and telling me all the stories she remembered from when they were taken. It’s amazing how much, and how well, they remember.

There was a whole bunch of pics from a day out in Paris. This was from our first holiday there, when she was three years old, yet she told me stuff about many of the pics, as if she had been there just yesterday. πŸ™‚

I realized that I’d never shared these pics here, so I thought a photo diary was in order, of our day on L’Open Bus Tour.

We chose to start our tour at The Louvre, and our last stop was at the gorgeous twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. Our adventurous three year old explorer obviously wanted to sit on the top, open level of the bus. This meant that we sat on the top, open level of the bus. Cold? What cold? πŸ˜€

Some highlights of the bus tour:

* There are 4 lines, 50 stops, and more than 100 sights
* Hop-on, hop-off as you wish
* Audio guide available in 10 languages
* An audio channel especially for kids, with stories and tales of Paris

All the pics were taken on the iPad, so some of them (especially those taken at night) aren’t perfect. They’re incredibly special to me though, and highlight one of the most wonderful days spent in our favourite city in the world. ❀

Rand Show 2017

Rand Show - Danone

The last time Shawn and I went to the Rand Show was in 2004. It was a few months after we got married, and a few years before we had a Zee of our own. This year we decided to take our little person to the show.

There’s actually so much for kids to do there, and Zee had a great time. And so did we. πŸ™‚

Science and Technology 

We ended up spending quite a bit of time in the Science and Tech hall. Zee had lots of fun with the other little people at the Nutty Scientists stand. They sat listening to Professor Fun, screaming loudly when she asked them to, and eagerly volunteering to be part of the fun experiments. Then they’d run to their tables with the other professors, to try the experiments in smaller groups. 

Inside The Colours Of The Stars dome, everyone lies on their backs, to watch a projection show about the stars. Zee said “it was so cool!”

Rand Show - Science

Rand Show - Science

Rand Show - Science

Rand Show - Science

Danone Frozen Bar

The Danone Frozen Bar was a huge hit with the kids – I say this, because of the excited giggles and shrieks, which made it hard for adults to hear themselves think.. haha!

There’s a huge snow globe, a snow slope, a snow patch, an ice castle, and sparkly fro-yo… the giggles and shrieks were inevitable. 

An SABC TV crew also arrived in there a few minutes after we did, and one of the ladies asked if they could interview Zee about Danone Frozen Bar. She was happy to do it. So look out world… a celebrity is born! πŸ˜€

Rand Show - Danone

Rand Show - Danone

Rand Show - Baking


Shawn – with Zee as assistant, and me as cheerleader – made a really cool decoupage tray during a class by Tersia at Bee Artsy. He asked me to choose the colour and pattern, so of course it’s minimalistic with a Paris touch, because that’s how I roll. 

Rand Show - DIY tray

Rand Show - Tray

The Filthy Moustache

Before we could do anything else, we had to feed our bellies. We ended up at the food truck which had grabbed my attention on our way in that morning, because of its name – The Filthy Moustache!

And man were we happy with our choice! Their food (even though it may not look fabulous in my pic) is so YUMMY!! We tried the Manometer burger, and a hot dog, and neither disappointed. 

I don’t know if I should say it… alright, I’m going to… the Manometer is one of THE best burgers I’ve eaten! Shawn says it took him back to an outstanding burger we ate in Germany a few years ago (can you tell, from the fond food memories, that we love good food? πŸ˜‹), and I agree. 

Rand Show - Food truck

Rand Show - burger & hot dog

The Rand Show makes for a great day out with the family. It ends on Sunday evening (23 April), which means you can still catch it if you haven’t yet. 

***WIN*** A Barbie Video Game Hero Doll + DVD, Worth R800

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Just this past weekend, we had a laugh with friends of ours about our astounding wealth of Barbie movie knowledge. Our friends are parents, like us. And, like us, they’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve watched the many Barbie movies. No doubt most parents can relate. You’ve watched the movies, you’ve heard the songs on repeat, you’ve bought the toys. Little Barbie fans can never get enough of the timeless – and ageless (she is SO lucky) – Barbie, and her friends.
Barbie Video Game Hero

In the latest adventure, Barbie Video Game Hero, Barbie is pulled into her favourite video game, and is transformed into a fun roller-skating character. She meets new friends, and together they travel from level to level in the game. Barbie must rely on her amazing gaming skills, and out-of-the box thinking to save her team and beat the game.

Barbie fans can have their own adventures, with the Barbie Video Game Hero range of toys. There are quite a few to choose from, and they’re super cute. πŸ™‚

These are just a few from the range:

Barbie Video Game Hero Barbie Doll – R230

Barbie Video Game Hero

Barbie’s β€œreal-world” outfit captures a video game aesthetic, with a pink and white t-shirt featuring an image of her new friend from the game, denim pants with emoji patches and pink kicks. Pink and white headphones and a gaming tablet, power the look up. Two mini pixel characters and two adorable power-ups complete the video-game storytelling fun.

Barbie Video Game Hero Friend Doll – R399

Barbie Video Game Hero

Kids can choose from two characters who help Barbie achieve her quest. Both friends wear a signature outfit with bright neon colors and video game style.

Barbie Video Game Hero Vehicle Play Set – R400

Barbie Video Game Hero

Barbie fans can zoom into action with this vehicle play set. A sticker sheet is included, to decorate the roadster. A cloud character is ready to play, and the Barbie junior doll and her trophy “power-up” figure – also in 2D gaming style – are exclusive to the pack.

Cool note: All power-up characters unlock unique content within the related digital game when used with the Barbie Life App.

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Barbie Video Game Hero

Little ones just have to squeeze the handle – which clips around Barbie’s waist – to see her make awesome 360 degree turns. And her fab roller skates light up in four different colours as she moves.

Barbie Video Game Hero

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