Can you imagine the squeals and shrieks of terror/excitement when you look at that picture? They were amazing. I was laughing so hard and in the end, she was too. A visit to Notre-Dame was high on my list of things to do and my Mom and Dad really wanted to visit too so we set out one day for a walk and found our way through the streets of Paris to this magnificent cathedral. The kids and I had studied a little bit about the architecture of Notre-Dame and they wanted to see the gargoyles and chimeras in person.
We didn’t do a tour and we chose not to climb the 422 stairs to go to the top this time but if you have a lot of energy and kids that are not hangry, I have heard the view is amazing and you can get a closer look at the gargoyles. You can reserve a time that day at the kiosk or download an app (sorry, I can’t remember the name but I’m sure Google knows).
The cathedral was beautiful but the highlight of this little excursion was the pigeons. I did not mention the pigeons to them until we were almost there because I wanted to surprise them. I had seen a picture that a wonderful family I follow on IG had posted of their daughter with a pigeon on her head and I knew it would be something they would look back on and laugh when they told the story.
There are guys in the square who have food for them and if you give them a couple of euros will give you food and get the birds in a frenzy for you which allows for great photos.
Even YaYa got in on the action.
We left Notre-Dame and headed in the general direction of our apartment in search of gelato, wine and a playground. Wandering the streets of Paris with no real plan was one of my favorite things to do. The buildings are full of history, there is usually some sort of street entertainer nearby, cafes to take a break at if you feel like shopping there is probably some store open nearby.
On this particular day, the entertainment was giant bubbles and they were more than happy with that.
I’m not sure what building that is but it was beautiful and the great part is, there are buildings like this all throughout the city! This was my first real experience of being in a city with history that dates back to the 3rd Century BC and I was constantly in awe.
They also were highly entertained by the street vents.
Another day in Paris we visited the Jardin des Plantes. This may have been another of Grayson’s favorite places. The gardens are beautiful but what they loved was the Menagerie and the National Musuem of Natural History. He walked in the museum and was blown away, then he saw the Smilodon fossils and he was speechless, for about 5 seconds, then he was so happy.
Graham and Grayson could have spent hours in here looking at all of the different specimens. We walked over to the Menagerie after the Musuem and saw some animals. It’s a pretty small zoo but it was a nice way to end our day out.
We went to another park that we thought was going to be amazing, Jardin d’Acclimatation. It was suppose to be an amusement park with rides and we thought they would love it. Well, we got there and it was under construction. We had hyped this place up and whomp whomp, no rides. But, we walked around because it was a nice day and the park was pretty and ran into these beautiful peacocks just roaming around. I’m not sure of remodeling is complete but it could be a great place to go if it’s actually open.
We heard from many local that we needed to make it to the Parc De Jeux at the Jardin du Luxembourg Gardens. We instantly understood why! It was fantastic. They played so hard! Definitely make your way there and spend some time at the pond where you can rent the mini sailboats and walk the gourgeous grounds.
Our last night in Paris we walked down the street so that we could see the Eiffel Tower lit up and got caught in the rain. We ran down the streets trying to avoid puddles and getting wet in the process. It was kind of the perfect way to end our stay here.
Our time in Paris truly was wonderful. We were busy but with everything, there was to see it was hard to slow down. We knew the next part of our trip was going to be a nice change of pace, we were going to slow it way down so we took advantage of being in the city with so many places to see and things to do. Paris, we will be back one day and I will eat my way through your city once again.
Croissants, chocolate croissants, all the croissants.
Scavenger Hunt Tour through the Louvre
Luxembourg Gardens Playground
Tuileries Garden Playground
Pigeons at Notre-Dame
National Museum of Natural History