Monday, 10 February 2014

Paris


Three nights were not enough. I had thought that with a seven year old and non city loving husband in tow that 2 and a half days of sight seeing would have been plenty  but I was wrong.

  
We started with a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower - well worth the money.  Then we headed to the Arc de Triomphe and a walk down the Avenue DesChamps Élysées to the musee de Orangerie to see Monet's water lily paintings.


Interspersed with patisserie stops it was an enjoyable day.


Day 2 we went to the Louve to see the Mona Lisa, we got audio guides - actually this was not great with all 3 of us on slightly different audio timing and crowds of people it would have been much better to have had a guided tour.  I had underestimated the sheer number of works and after 2 hours we were exhausted and so walked to Notre Dame for long cold queues.




 Crepes however make everything better and after this we did a bus ride and went to a Toy section of a large department store instead of another famous building.

If we do it again I would like to go to the Catacombs, Musee de L 'Armee  and preferably in spring as it was freezing outside and in Musuems and galleries I ended up carrying arm loads of clothing as we progressively striped off layers.  Cold aside we loved Paris and there was lots to do with kids, we had a lonely Planet guide called Not for parents :Paris - everything you ever wanted to know . This was a really great book and everywhere we went Georgie would recall facts from the book and it made the whole experience much more meaningful for her.


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