In Paris we stayed in an apartment not far from Notre Damme. It was great as away from hotel areas and made us feel a bit local. Driving in Paris was an experience and parking the car was a challenge – some cars had tyres that would hang from the boot and front bumper to prevent people backing into them while parking.
The Musee du Louvre lived up to expectations and even the girls, at their young age, enjoyed it. It helped leaving the Mona Lisa until last as we used it to keep the girls engaged as we wound our way through the Louvre.
Of course the Eifel Tower was a must do. When we stopped for a coffee on the lower deck a group of Chinese Tourists came past – they were fascinated by the girls taking lots of photos of them and one even did a sketch of Emily and gave it to her – she now has it framed.
A stop a Galeries Lafayette – high end department store chain – gave the girls a chance to “Build A Bear”. “Build a Bear” is now much more widely spread as we have seen stores in most countries but in 2005 and given the age of the girls it was a lot of fun for them. They had to make three wishes and kiss the bears heart before putting it inside.
Arc de Triumph was another picturesque stop…
…as was lunch on the Avenue de la Grande Amee.
Notre Dame Cathedral…highlight was the roller bladers doing tricks on the pavement
We were staying just up from the Pompidou Centre.
Some final photos of around Paris.