The past couple weeks have been a major whirlwind for our family. It’s gone a little something like this: week in London, family visiting from the States, travel to Bruges and Keukenhof and girls family trip to Paris. Phew, I’m tired just typing about it. I hope to share photos from each of our adventures, but today I’m excited to share my favorite pictures from our trip to Paris.
My mom, sister, niece, daughter and I hopped on the high-speed train from Germany to Paris. It zooms through the countryside at 200 miles per hour, making the trip a short two and a half hours. After dropping our bags at our hotel our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. My five year old has been talking about seeing the Eiffel Tower for years and she was so excited to see it in person.
We spent hours just hanging around the base of the tower, playing in the flowers, riding the carousel and picnicking in the grass.
Afterwards, we walked to Rue Cler to shop and get a snack. It’s such a neat area, and actually where I stayed when I visited Paris last year. We people watched while drinking champagne (the big girls) and eating macarons (all the girls).
We got back to our hotel late and anxiously waited for the top of the hour to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle.
I took a little video of the twinkling lights.
On our second day, we made our way to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Love Lock Bridge. But only after I took a sweet picture of my daughter in French braids hanging from our hotel window with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Because, Paris.
The idea of the Love Lock Bridge, or Pont de l’Archeveche, is if you write your and your significant others’ names or initials on the lock and attach it to the bridge you’ll be in love forever. Or something like that. We bought a little lock and my daughter attached it to the giant groups of locks because we wanted to join the fun.
We walked to Jardin de Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens) to explore and let the little girls play at the playground. It was an amazing, amazing playground. There was a small entry fee for children and adults, but it was money well spent. The adults drank coffee while the kids played. If it was warmer, we easily could have spent the entire afternoon there.
The Gardens are huge and really beautiful. The trees were full of green leaves and the flowers were in bloom. It was truly lovely. And cold. We weren’t prepared for how totally cold it was so we did some shopping to grab an extra sweater (or two).
And, finally, that evening we went to the Louvre Museum. For some reason my daughter was really interested in seeing the Mona Lisa, so we obliged. The museum was surprisingly crowded for a Friday evening and we had a stroller with us, making it really difficult to navigate around the complicated buildings.
While we’re talking strollers, I have to say that Paris is really NOT stroller friendly. I mentioned it last time I went, and it remained true on this trip. The metros are simply not equipped for strollers so you have to carry them up and down stairs to get on and off the trains. The bus is a great metro alternative, but it can be more difficult to navigate as metro maps are everywhere, but bus maps? Not so much.
On our last morning in Paris we walked over to the Champs Élysées for breakfast. We had hot chocolate and croissants in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe. It was the perfect way to end our little trip!