Sunday, 6 January 2019

Our Europe travels: Paris city break with kids!

*We were gifted our flights, accommodation & WithLocals tours but paid for everything else ourselves*

Paris was somewhere we had technically been before yet only Disneyland Paris so we were excited to see some of the landmarks. Sienna, our eldest daughter, had heard about the Eiffel tower from her Grandma and was so excited to see it in 'real life'. We didn't have a massive amount of time in Paris but here's what we did!

We had a Withlocals tour which was a 'treasure hunt' for the girls and they had to tick off things they found around us. They loved this and it got us noticing things we would otherwise miss. Our lovely host also had a few stories about these things too that was interesting for us!

 We started outside the Notre-Dame, we didn't go inside and it was so busy when we were there; the queue was longer than the eye could see. It was still amazing to be in front of it and see it in all it's glory though!

From here we walked through the streets of Paris learning about it's history with our tour guide.We wandered through Luxembourg gardens which was created in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace. It was amazing! Imagine having this built for you when you divorced your husband!

 We also came across 'Shakespeare and Company' - Sienna is a big fan of reading and I took this photo to show her when she is older as I'm sure she will love Shakespeare when she learns of him. We heard about all the history of it - I won't spoil it for you but it you're an avid reader you would love it!

 We then ended our tour at the Louvre before doing some of our own exploring to finish the day. We didn't go in to see the original Mona Lisa as we were a bit worried about taking 2 hot, tired kids in there but that is an option if you don't have that worry!

From here, we could see the Eiffel Tower and decided we had to see it close up so decided to walk to it. This was a mistake on our part as it ended up taking us about 2 hours.. on top of the 3 hour walking tour we had just done. BUT we made it! And I'm so glad we did as it's one of my best memories.  We had a good rest on the grass area outside before trying to walk back!

 No Paris trip is complete without macaroons!

Apart from a park visit before catching our flight that was it for Paris. One day and one night! I would love to go back as I feel like we needed more time but at least we can say we've been & seen the Eiffel tower ;)


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