You know you are in Paris when you have done…

You know you are in Paris when…
Today is day 3 of our 23 day adventure. Day 1 we left Calgary at 3:20 (woke up at 6:30am) . Day 2 we arrived in Paris at 10:45 am (8 hrs ahead). I had arranged a shuttle from the airport to our hotel, which saved significant travel time, so we arrived at our apartment in the 11th district/ Bastille area by 12:05. Our apartment was not ready, so we went for our first Parisian lunch- my first mmmmm… french coffee, Jordan’s first restaurant legal beer, and some YUMMY food with of course OMG good bread!
We got all settled into our apnt, and it was time to go to see the Eiffel Tower. BUT, how do you explain to a 17, 13, and 10 year old (that already know everything) that even though they feel like a pile of #2, that they must perservere, and find the energy to not only find the Eiffel Tower, but take the metro there, wait in line to climb 720 stairs to the second level, so that we can stand in line again to take the elevator the top, so that we can feel the inevitable exhileration you feel once you reach the top of the EIFFEL TOWER IN PARIS!
So after I allowed my family to nap for just over 1 hr while I went for some groceries, woke everyone up, then we did the previous explained steps.
It was a killer- almost (Noah was especially emotional due to the lack of sleep…)
We then had a crepe from a street vendor, and it was exclaimed that we were officially declared to be in PARIS!
We found the energy to go for a nice italian meal not far from our apartment- 2 pizzas, 1 lasagna, 1 tortillini, 2 salads, 1 bottle of wine, 2 beers later it only came to E53!
As well as we had intended on going to bed early that evening so that we could wake up fresh the next morning so that we could be on the train by 8am to go see the Palace of Versailles, we did not set our alarm until 7:20- 33 hours from when I had last slept!
We were up and on the train day #2 to Versailles with our tummies full of wonderful Parisian pastries, and cafe, only 2 hours late. We did not leave Versailles until just after 7pm, our feet aching from all of the walking (especially gaming boy, Noah).
After exhausting the possibility of finding one of Rick Steves recommended restaurants, we sat down in a french restaurant where we had some wonderful things. Kalyna had escargot, Noah had lamb, Jordan and I had killer mashed cheese potatoes with sausage, we all shared pate and creme brule, and swiss ice cream. Of course with beer (Kim and Jordan) and wine for me.
Another late evening with the promise of sleeping in- thank goodness!
Another day of exploring- The Louvre, Champs Elysee, Arc d’Triumphe, Notre Damne, and an attempt at the military museum (a whole other story).
Off to bed so that we can get up to take the train to Carcassonne.
Enjoy the pictures of our first few days! Once they are sent.  I am having tablet issues… with my blog. Love and Blessings to you all!
Trina, Kim, Jordan, Kalyna and Noah

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9 thoughts on “You know you are in Paris when you have done…

  1. Looks like you are having a great time! Good experience for the kids to see how other cultures live! Maybe someday they will want to experience living in another, which again is a whole different learning experience! ( And we could all
    visit)

  2. I love your description of your trip and the great pictures. The kids will be able to read this in a few years and hopefully have great memories.

    Too bad Noah didn’t go into training prior to leaving so it wouldn’t be so hard on him. Gaming doesn’t get you in very good shape. 🙂 He’ll toughen up in a few days.

    Looking forward to your next blog.

    • It has been as good as the pics are, yes. …
      We are off to rent a car to drive to Provence. Wish us luck.
      I have been thinking about you guys constantly while we have been in Carcassonne.
      I hope to blog tonight.
      xoxo t.

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