Paris for Easter….

Well, I’ve managed to neglect this blog for months…like about seven of them.  There was so much I wanted to share from summer.  But, I couldn’t get my tush in gear to make it happen.  And now here we are about 6 weeks away from welcoming a new baby and life certainly isn’t slowing down. But we spent a few days leading up to Easter in Paris and as I thought about how to share photos and a bit about our time there with everyone, I realized the best way to do that was…duh, via this blog!  So time to dust off the ‘ole keyboard and actually use this site for it’s original purpose, keeping our families in the loop.

As I mentioned we decided to head to Paris for a few days over the Easter break.  This is a trip we had been planning, in the sense that we knew we definitely needed to make it to Paris while living here and we had “loosely” planned to go over Quinn’s Easter break.  So last Wednesday we jumped in the car and hit the road.  Of course the list of things to do and sights to see in Paris is long, really long.  We knew we wouldn’t be able to tackle everything we wanted or that others had recommended, so we made a fairly short list of what we thought was realistic and decided to just enjoy our time in the city.

I was actually pretty happy with the amount of ground we covered, especially considering we had a tiny dictator three year old in tow.  Actually Quinn was a champ for most of the trip, but of course the pace is a bit slower and the priorities a bit different when touring the town with a small fry.

Here are a few highlights from our trip:

 

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

Adorable cafe where we had lunch after visiting the Notre Dame.  On Ile St. Louis which had cute shops and the famous Berthillon ice cream!

Adorable cafe where we had lunch after visiting the Notre Dame. On Ile St. Louis which had cute shops and the famous Berthillon ice cream!

Quinn with her Berthillon ice cream...chocolate of course.  This stuff tasted like fudge.  I had a salted carmel cone and it was to die for.  Mega delicious.

Quinn with her Berthillon ice cream…chocolate of course. This stuff tasted like fudge. I had a salted carmel cone and it was to die for. Mega delicious.

Quinn totally caught Joe and I by surprise when she jumped up on one of the stands and put her arm in the air imitating all the other visitors posing like they were touching the top of the pyramid.  It was honestly so funny and happened so quickly we barely had time to snap the photo.

Quinn totally caught Joe and I by surprise when she jumped up on one of the stands and put her arm in the air imitating all the other visitors posing like they were touching the top of the pyramid. It was honestly so funny and happened so quickly we barely had time to snap the photo.

Quinn and I outside the Lourve.

Quinn and I outside the Louvre.  We did go inside too and Quinn loved the Mona Lisa!

Crossing over one of the many bridges along the Seine river on our walk from the Lourve to meet up with a friend.

Crossing over one of the many bridges along the Seine river on our walk from the Lourve to meet up with a friend.

Quinn "writing" her name on her lock to put with the others on the bridge.

Quinn “writing” her name on her lock to put with the others on the bridge.

Quinn and Joe attaching her lock to the bridge.  Most people throw the key into the water, but in true Quinn fashion she had to do things a bit different and she decided to hold on to hers.

Quinn and Joe attaching her lock to the bridge. Most people throw the key into the water, but in true Quinn fashion she had to do things a bit different and she decided to hold on to hers.

Quinn's little piece of forever in Paris, France.

Quinn’s little permanent mark on Paris, France.

The Lady and the Unicorn medieval tapestries (one from the series) seen in the Museum of Middle Ages.  Quinn is actually familiar with these tapestries from an educational show she watches and was very excited to see them in person.

The Lady and the Unicorn medieval tapestries (one from the series) seen in the Museum of Middle Ages. Quinn is actually familiar with these tapestries from an educational show she watches and was very excited to see them in person.

Another display at the Museum of Middle Ages.

Another display at the Museum of Middle Ages.

Check out the year this piece dates back to.....

Check out the year this piece dates back to…..

Artists square in Montmarte....a seriously adorable area where I could have spent MUCH more time just wondering around.

Artists square in Montmarte….a seriously adorable area where I could have spent MUCH more time just wondering around.

Sacre Coeur- a breathtakingly beautiful church in the Montmartre area.

Sacre Coeur- a breathtakingly beautiful church in the Montmartre area.

Gorgeous view from the Sacre Coeur.  It sits up on a hill and when you walk out from the church the view is remarkable.  Unfortunately it was pretty foggy when we were there...my photo just does not do it justice!

Gorgeous view from the Sacre Coeur. It sits up on a hill and when you walk out from the church the view is remarkable. Unfortunately it was pretty foggy when we were there…my photo just does not do it justice!

The Arc de Triumph

The Arc de Triumph which connects to the famous Champs Elysee.  It was VERY cold on this day so we did the abbreviated tour of the Arc and ducked into a cafe for some hot chocolate nearby.

 

We made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower....the benchmark experience of a trip to Paris.

We made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower….the benchmark experience of a trip to Paris.

View from the Eiffel Tower; not the summit, but the second floor.

View from the Eiffel Tower; not the summit, but the second floor.

Another view from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

Another view from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower at dusk on our last evening in the city.  This is looking down a side street as we made our way to the train after dinner.

The Eiffel Tower at dusk on our last evening in the city. This is looking down a side street as we made our way to the train after dinner.

I feel like I must confess I went in with expectations of rude French people, totally prepared to be made ashamed for not speaking the language and to encounter a general attitude of unfriendliness and unwillingness to help.  I had heard the horror stories from others who recounted tales of snotty Parisians who seemed perpetually annoyed by ‘unsophisticated’ American tourists.  Our time there proved an excellent lesson in stereotypes and generalizations and exactly why not to get caught up in them.  Right off the bat on day one in the city a young man at the train station overheard Joe and I talking and offered to show us exactly where to go since he was traveling the same direction.  He gave us a few tips on getting around, and showed us the best way to get to a few key places we wanted to see.  We had delightful waiters at our first lunch stop as well.  They went above and beyond to entertain Quinn making for a truly memorable lunch.  In general, almost everyone we encountered from waitstaff at restaurants, to shop owners, to people on the street was friendly and helpful.

We had such a great time and even though Quinn is too young to probably remember much of our time there, it was so fun to experience Paris with her.  I would love to go back  with more time to just roam and explore….so many quaint little streets, charming cafes, and oodles of interesting people.  Yes, I could definitely use another trip to Paris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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