Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bonjour from Paris!

With the kids spring holiday being over two weeks long, we decided not to waste any time. Our party of five was now off to France. So moving right along...we arrived at Orly Airport heading to Paris. A city also on our lists of must sees while we're living here in Europe. 
We stayed in the Saint Germain District which is a very fun and lively part of the city. Our friends, the Sobran's, were meeting us here...all the way from Boston.  So excited for their arrival and our week ahead.  The forecast called for rain & chilly temperatures, but we didn't let the perfect get in the way of the good... We visited typical tourists sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Luxembourg & Tuileries Gardens, Sacre Coeur (girls...did you see the movie Monte Carlo?), and finally took a Seine River boat cruise....the Eiffel Tower looks even more amazing at night when all it's lights are blinking.  Our agenda was full to say the least.

Feet touching the "centerpoint" of Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral

Again, we needed to immerse into the culture so "oui, oui" to pastries, croissants, red wine, crepes, and macaroons...The calories were endless and euros were flying from our pockets...c'est la vie, we're only here once!  Pains au chocolats were the kids favorite start to their day.  We walked miles each day touring around...so hopefully that offset a few of the delicious foods we indulged in. 
We went on our first Metro trip (train rail system) to visit Versailles...a gorgeous and enormous palace.  Unfortunately, this was a wet day, so we opted (without any hesitation) to skip  the garden tour, although they were absolutely meticulous & gorgeous even from a window's view.  So much history in just one place and our journey was with no regrets.  Amazing site.

Paris was a city I would love to return to.  All the cafes, shopping on the Champs-Elysees, quaint corners, old buildings, bright flowers, museums, fashion, relaxing parks, etc...are all so unique. 
Still excitement lies ahead...especially if you're a young kid.  They've been waiting with much anticipation to ride on the Eurostar ever since we moved here.  We purchased our one way tickets back to London and they were all smiles. This train goes under the ocean and the kids loved the entire two hours of it!   It was a great way to end our trip.  Au revoir Paris!  
Nick holding the Lourve's Pyramid...clever guy!

A full 360 degree view of city
So great to see you Roberta!