After two days of trekking outside of Paris, we were all excited to have a day in the city. We had a slow start to our day, having stayed at Disneyland Paris until just before closing the night before. A day to sleep in and take our time was warranted.
We took the metro to the Louvre, but exited to find something to eat. The line to get tickets at the Louvre was quite long, so Kaleb and I played while my sister and husband went to buy them. We headed towards the Mona Lisa first, which was incredibly crowded. I understand the historical significance, and it was something that you have to do when in Paris, but I think we all found the rest of the museum much more enjoyable. We spent a few hours wandering around and looking at the different artifacts and art. Napoleon’s apartment was also amazing, a definite must-do.
After the Louvre, we walked over to Musée Curie. It was a 30 minute walk, but it was beautiful. The sun was shining, the architecture was unbelievable, and the sidewalk cafes filled the air with delicious aromas. The metro is convenient, but there’s something about seeing Paris on foot.
Kaleb was so happy to be at Musée Curie. He read every placard, and was especially relieved to have it reiterated by someone other than mom that the laboratory had been decontaminated. It was quite busy, but not uncomfortably so, and there were lots of young kids. It was so awesome to see so many children getting excited about science!
Only 3 minutes away is the best gelato place, Gelati d’Alberto. My sister studied in Paris, and has been 3 times, and I’ve had to listen to her go on and on and on about this gelato… and now I get to be the person that goes on and on and on about it. It’s that good. There is something so satisfying about getting floral flavoured gelato shaped into a flower.
We then stopped at a playground for Kaleb to play, ate brioche rolls crusted with sugar, and explored Shakespeare & Co. Apparently you are not supposed to take pictures in Shakespeare & Co! Oops. I actually feel really guilty that I didn’t notice the signs, but in my defence, there is so much to read in there and I was in love with all of the books. And even more in love with my child who was fascinated by all of the quotes and wanted explanations about each one.
We walked over to Notre Dame and I sang some Hunchback songs because that’s just how I roll: embarrassing AF.
The line to get in was incredibly long, so long that we almost decided to skip it. But it moved really quickly, and we weren’t inside long, so don’t let appearances deceive you.
If you ever plan on going to Paris, the first thing anyone will tell you is to watch your freaking bags. And for good reason. My husband watched the police make a gypsy dump all of the stuff she had swiped while we were leaving the cathedral. There are signs all over Paris about pick pockets… take it seriously.
After Notre Dame, we wandered around St Germain looking for food. There were so many options it was nearly impossible to decide. When we couldn’t take the hunger anymore, we ducked down an alley way and found a little restaurant with an empty table outside. We ordered more food than we could eat, then stopped and bought some macaroons on our way to the metro station, because that’s just what you do in Paris.
We sat on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower eating our macaroons and watching the lights twinkle. It may sound like a silly, touristy thing to do; but when you’re a tourist it is pretty much exactly what you imagine a visit to Paris to be. It was the perfect ending to our little visit.