I wrote recently about what the trip was like on our train ride to Paris. Now I’m going to share a bit about our actual time there.
The hubs and I had both already been to Paris. It was more than a decade ago, sure, but not much has changed. So we didn’t feel pressured to run around trying to see every attraction in the city. In fact, I let Stomper, my 7 year old, set the itinerary for us. We got some fun books about Paris from the library and read several stories about the city. We watched a few travel videos on youtube and panned around on google maps (he loves maps!).
In the end, Stomper decided upon 5 must-see destinations, which was just the right amount for our short day-and-a-half in the city.
1. The Eiffel Tower – you can’t go to Paris and miss what is probably the most famous landmark in the world.
2. The Cathedral of Notre Dame – we own the movie, and he was excited to see the bell towers and the gargoyles.
3. The Pyramide du Louvre – the glass pyramid at the Louvre museum. He loves pyramids.
4. The Arc de Triomphe – actually the thing he wanted to see here was the largest roundabout in the world. Stomper also loves roundabouts.
5. The Statue of Liberty – we studied all about the NY statue and its history, so he wanted to see the little one in Paris.
We arrived late at night on Stomper’s 7th birthday. He was the first one of us to see the Eiffel Tower.
We went straight to bed upon arrival at our rental apartment.
The next morning, we hit the streets. We were heading to the Eiffel Tower first, and luckily the Statue of Liberty was right on the way. It’s actually located on an island in the middle of the River Seine. We walked across a bridge to the island, then the length of the island, then another bridge back to the mainland.
Next, we went to the Eiffel Tower. We bought our tickets online beforehand to avoid the lines. We were a few minutes early, so we got a few family photos and let the kids play at a playground while we waited.
After our trip to the top – which was freezing and somewhat miserable – my husband graciously volunteered to stay at the apartment with the little ones for a while. They needed to rest. My mom, Stomper, and I headed back out to see a few more sites.
First, we stopped by the Louvre to see the great glass pyramid.
And next, the Arc de Triomphe to see the roundabout.
Then we headed back for some sleep ourselves!
The next morning, we went to the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Then we caught another train home!
I’ll post some photos of what we ate in Paris later.