Seven days in Paris…glorious! And even better…sharing my favorite place with one of my favorite little guys...my ten-year-old grandson! I knew I had to come up with a plan that allowed us to fit in everything that I wanted him to see. Sooo…I decided to concentrate on a certain arrondisement or part of Paris or a certain theme each day. I hope you will come along as I introduce my grandson to the City of Lights! Our plane arrived early in the morning and, since our hotel was just around the corner, we left our bags there and set off to explore the Eiffel Tower and the park at its feet!
I had given my grandson a new camera so that he could record his own version of the trip through his photos and he started snapping away immediately! We had tickets to go up at 1:00 pm…and thus avoid the long ticket line…so we had the morning to ourselves and Monsieur Eiffel! (Click here for information about buying tickets online.)
As you can see, the pigeons of Paris were also the subject of many of his photos, too! It was nice to just sit in park at the Champ de Mars and relax after our long flight! Here, I must say that my grandson is a wonderful traveling buddy and quite the little trooper…no complaints the entire trip!
We headed off to a nearby sidewalk café to have lunch before we went up into the tower. He had a hot dog with a conspicuously missing bun and some real French fries! He says their hot dogs are better than ours!
Not to be outdone, I had some real French onion soup! lol The weather was very pleasant…highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s, so soup just filled the bill! Love that soup bowl!
Afterwards…back to the Eiffel Tower! It’s our turn to go up! I am always surprised each time I see it at just how big it is! A short wait and a quick elevator ride and we make it to the second floor!
However, everyone must stand in the same line for the elevator to the third floor. We entertained ourselves taking some photos from unusual angles! See the little pyramids along the ironwork? Those are the lights! I was interested to learn from the children’s pages on their website that they were installed by a team of 24 mountain climbers! Interesting!
The view of Paris is simply breath-taking! We had been under cloudy skies, but the sun came out just in time to allow us to take some great photos! This is the Champ de Mars…the park where we had spent the morning. Notice the way they trim their trees into a box shape! That’s the Ecole Militaire at the other end of the park…a military school whose most famous graduate is Napoleon Bonaparte!
From the other side of the tower, there is a lovely view across the Seine River of the Trocadéro, which houses several museums and offers a great place to take photos of the tower.
Also an interesting sight is the Ile aux Cygnes…Isle of the Swans…a man-made island with a small Statue of Liberty at its tip. The statue was given to Paris by Parisians living in the United States to mark the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. You can just make it out at tip in the distance.
My grandson counted the Eiffel Tower among his favorites…naturally!
Afterwards, we stop for ice cream in the park before heading to our hotel to get some rest! I have a fun day planned for tomorrow!
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In case you want to follow along, here is my plan for visiting Paris in seven days! I am linking each of the seven days as I complete the posts.
Day One…All about Eiffel! Eiffel Tower/ Champ de Mars park and play area
Day Two…Sightseeing by Subway! Arc de Triomphe/ Montmarte/ Sacré-Coeur
Day Three…Monsieur Monet, I Presume (and a lot of Louis)! Giverny/ Versailles minibus tour
Day Four…The Cradle of Paris! La Sainte Chapelle/ la Conciergerie/ Notre Dame/ Latin Quarter/ the book stalls/ ice cream on Ile St. Louis/ the bâteau mouche on the Seine
Day Five…Art Museum Madness…Plus Play in the Park! Louvre/ Tuileries Garden/ l’Orangerie/ Musée d’Orsay
Day Six…A Phantom, a Fountain and Some History! Opéra Garnier/ Pompidou Center/ Carnavalet Museum
Day Seven…A Tomb, a Tank and a Tower! Napoleon’s Tomb and the Musée de l’Armée at les Invalides/ Eiffel Tower at night
Thanks so much for stopping by! See you next time! A la prochaine!