We stayed in a family suite at the recently renovated Hotel de l'Empereur which was located right behind Les Invalides and within easy walking distance of many sights, including the rue Cler market and the Eiffel Tower. We soon learned that navigating the Paris Metro with a stroller and 3 kids is a real challenge, so we did a lot of walking.
|Catching a glimpse of the Mona Lisa|
We marveled at the rose windows inside Notre Dame and imagined the hunchback up in the tower.
|The center of Paris. In front of Notre Dame.|
|Queuing up for a delicious dinner|
Day 2 began with a walk through the rue Cler market where we bought the most delicious strawberries to munch on our way to the Eiffel Tower. We ate them so fast I didn't even get a photo- but trust me- they were gorgeous!
It was a clear, sunny day and the crowds at the Eiffel Tower were huge. The wait for the one working lift was several hours long so we opted to take the stairs (nearly 700 to the second level). If only we had known that you cannot leave your stroller at the bottom! Poor Tom not only had the baby on his back, but the stroller in his arms as well. It was quite a workout but the views from the top were amazing. It was definitely a highlight we will all remember for a long, long time to come!
|The view from the top!|
We tromped through the playground at the Trocadero and bounced on the trampolines in the Jardin des Tulieres.
|Well, some of us bounced.|
We saved the best (playground) for last. Sure, you have to pay to enter the playground at the Jardin du Luxembourg- but it is worth it. The kids spent hours running around, riding the flying fox, sliding and digging in the sand. They took a spin on the old carousel and tried to spear the rings with a wooden sword.
It seems everywhere you look in Paris the view is simply breathtaking.
Before meeting up with some California friends for our final dinner, we stopped by Les Invalides where we saw the impressive tomb of Napoleon. My daughter remarked, "That's a pretty big coffin for such a small man."
|Napoleon's Tomb is beneath the gold dome.|
Planning Paris with your kids? Check out these cool city walk cards. We found them really useful and fun!