As much as I thought I didn't take that many pictures, once I got them loaded on my laptop I realized that we did take a fair amount. So I'm going to break it up into a few posts...a post for each of our days, a post on our apartment & neighborhood (since some of you have emailed wanting details of where we stayed) and finally some tips & things we learned while traveling in Paris. Hope you enjoy a little glimpse of our trip!
Sunday, March 24th:
We arrived in Paris around 11:30am on Sunday. Got our luggage and called our driver without incident. Arrived at our apartment and was met by a greeter to show us around at 1:00. We were so happily surprised with the apartment and our neighborhood. Quickly found out that everything on our itinerary had to be thrown out the window because the city was basically shut down for a protest along the Champs Elysees. We realized this after we were on the Champs Elysees and saw armed police offices in full riot gear ready to throw tear gas at the protesters. The kids thought it was awesome. I however did not nor did I pull out my camera for this event because I was in shock. So back to the metro to head back to our apartment where we spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking and playing games. We did stop in a little neighborhood cafe for coffee (Cafe Constant) and then dinner at the Italian restaurant under our apartment. Felt bad about not taking any pictures today but we were all just taking it in. The camera comes out tomorrow!
Breakfast at home. Croissants, expresso, baguettes, nutella and jam is now our morning routine.
Bella maps out our route for today.
Our metro stop is at the top of the Trocadero, with a sweet view of the Eiffel Tower. We stopped for pics. I made everyone take off their jackets...we were all frozen within minutes.
Our first stop...The Louvre!
Our passes allowed us to bypass lines and we walked right in.
The Mona Lisa...kids asked what the big deal was...I didn't have an answer for them.
The Louvre allowed photographs everywhere but it was the kids least favorite museum. LOTS of boob paintings...everywhere. We actually started pointing out art that didn't have nudity in it and wondered how it made it into the Louvre.
We walked through the Tuileries Gardens on our way to lunch. This was one of the kids favorite spots, they asked to come back here almost every day.
Lunch at Angelina's, some say it has the world's best hot chocolate...we would agree.
It was so thick it stuck to your teeth. No way could you drink more than one cup!
Took the metro to one of my favorites spots in all of Paris, The Sacre Coeur!
We opened our box of macarons but we had no idea what flavor they were...so we tasted them all. The kids were not a fan of the rose petal flavored ones. The Parisians seem to love this flavor.
Headed to the artist area and found a cartoonist to draw Preston & Bella.
I think Bella dropped Euros in every musician's basket in all of Paris.
And she also rode every carousel we saw...and in Paris there are lots of carousels.
On our way back home, Bella wanted to stop so she could take some pictures of us...we happily obliged.
This is what happens when you try to take a self portrait with my camera...although it might be my favorite photo of us ever!
Tonight for dinner we cooked frozen pizza's we got from the grocery store down the street. Not very french type food but eating at our apartment makes us feel like real Parisians.