I left my heart in Paris! (Part 1)
It's been one week since our two week vacation and I'm still on cloud 9. We spent one week in Paris and one week in London and had the best time. This post will be one if many about Paris and then Ill write another post about our time in London.
Have you ever seen those shirts that say "I left my heart in...." well I seriously feel that. I feel like I left my heart in Paris. I LOVED Paris. I definitely left my heart and a part of my soul in Paris and I can't wait to go back. I've never felt that way about a place I've been to before and it's truly life changing.
I came back feeling like a different person and that's not because it was relaxing and I came back refreshed. We walked many many miles every single day. Some days 8 miles, some days 10, and one day we even walked 12 miles! I came back feeling like a different person because of the amazing historical sites, buildings, objects, experiences and vibe from Paris and London. I saw things with my own eyes that I never thought I would see I person.
So let's get into the vacation!
Unfortunately the CoronaVirus is going around right now so I protected my family the best I could. I stocked up on hand sanitizing wipes, spray and masks. We wore masks throughout the airport and on the plane ride there. I really didn't care if we looked crazy, I care about my family's health. Better safe then sorry!
While on the plane Zae drew the cutest photo of her bat she named Bianca James
When we landed we took a taxi to the resort. That was my first taxi ride ever!
Our really good family friends met us in Paris and we got to spend the whole two weeks together. After getting settled into the resort and catching up we got a good nights rest and woke up early the next morning to head out. It was a somewhat short walk to the bus stop but it was freezing, pouring rain and so windy! It was a hilarious and great start to the vacation, all 9 of us were soaked and busting up on the ride to the train station. (You can click on each photo to make them larger.)
Can you tell Zae was thrilled to be up early, wet, and cold? Haha honestly she was such a trooper the whole trip! I cant brag enough about her. She walked the whole time (even on the 12 mile day!) and never asked me to picked up, never complained about the rain (it rained most of the days) and never complained about all the walking. She's a real trooper!
Our first stop was to the Lourve. It's huge! We didn't walk through the whole thing but did see the majority of it. If you ever go I highly recommend getting the ticket time frame for opening because by the time we left it was packed but when we first went in it wasn't bad at all!
The Lourve is home to some very famous pieces of art and I'm still in shock I got to see these amazing pieces with my own eyes. The moment we got inside we headed straight to the Mona Lisa. Yes, the Mona Lisa!!! There was a short line to get up front to see her but it went by really fast, again I think it's because we went in at opening. Its crazy how small the Mona Lisa is. I saw photos before we went on our trip so I was prepared but if I hadn't then I would have been very shocked.
The Winged Victory of Samothrace. This marble sculpture is beautiful! It's said to be one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. It was created in the 2nd century BC! Wow, right? It's amazing that back then they were able to create such beautiful pieces of art. I read on wikipedia that in 1939 the Winged Victory was removed from the Lourve in anticipation of WWII.
Venus de Milo. This was a highlight for me and maybe for a silly reason. My favorite Disney movie is Hercules and in the movie he's the reason why this sculpture is missing her arms. This is one of the most famous Ancient Greek sculptures ever and I cant believe I got to see it with my own eyes! Aphrodite Goddess of love and beauty.
I have so many photos I could post from the Lourve but those are some of my favorites. I loved it there and I hope to go back one day before we move back to America.
After the Lourve we went to a yummy bagel place for lunch and indulged in yummy bagel sandwiches. Just a short walk away was our next stop for the day- Arc de Triomphe!
I'm not sure why but I think this was my favorite site we saw in Paris. Something about it just stuck with me. It's so much bigger than the photos make it look and its so beautiful!
To get to the Arc de Triomphe and walk under it you have to walk through a tunnel that runs under the street.
After the Arc de Triomphe we hopped back on the subway to go see the Eiffel Tower! The subway system in Paris is insane and awesome at the same time. I'm from California so I've never experienced transportation like that so I was blown away. I was also sick every time because I suffer from really bad motion sickness so everyday I was taking Dramamine to ease the nausea I was feeling.
Our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower!
It was super rainy and really cold but Zae was so happy to be riding on the carousel!
I risked my life for this photo! Okay, okay that may be a little dramatic but while we were crossing the road I did leap out there and hurt my wrist in the process! No joke, my wrist hurt for a few days after this but it was totally worth it!
After Zae rode the carousel, drank some hot cocoa and we got a few pics with the Eiffel Tower we decided to go see the Notre Dame! It's still under construction because of the devastating fire that destroyed a big portion of it but it was still amazing to see I person.
Zae and I had our first macaroons fro Paris and wow, they were sooo good! Ive never been one to like macaroons but these were the best I've ever had.
As silly as this photo is, it's one of my favorites from the trip! Look at all the adults (minus me) adulting and getting us to our next location! I know my job and place and thats to watch over the kids and make sure we all make it together. Want a snack? I got ya covered. Need some water or dramamine? I got that too. Want me to take your picture? Im basically a pro. Keeping all the kids together...totally got that under control. Figuring out how to get around using the crazy subway systems in Paris and London? nope! That was totally all Heather and my husband, they're the real MVP's haha! If I had to I could totally get us around but no need for another chef in the kitchen.
All of this was all done on our very first day in Paris! Let's recap: we went to the Lourve, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and saw the Notre Dame. We accomplished so much on that first day.
I won't be doing a blog post for every day but will be breaking it down into a few different blog posts. My next post will be Belleau Wood then after that I'll write a post on Disneyland Paris then a final post on the last few days in Paris then on to London!
I hope you guys enjoyed my first post on our vacation, I really enjoyed writing it and sharing some photos with you all. Thanks for reading!
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