Days 1-3 in Paris
On June 24th we left La Defense, drove through the rain, and found our little side street off the Av. Mac-Mahon, in the 17th adr. in Paris. It is about 3 blocks from the Arc de Triomphe, and the entrance to the Metro. Our official address in Paris is 04, rue de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is the cutest little apartment on an awesome little street with great shopping and little cafes all around us. We are so close to everything we need…… and almost everything we need is at the Monoprix. The Monoprix is a small version of a Superstore, and you can find groceries, wine, clothing, and everything else in between. It has taken me a little bit to get used to shopping everyday for groceries. Our fridge is so small that we make a trip to the Monoprix almost every morning….. it has become part of our daily ‘Parisien’ routine.
Waking up in our new ‘home’ was amazing. It was my first full day in Paris, with just the kiddies as Mike was off to work. I decided to keep it low key so I could ease myself into Paris. First thing – we HAD to hit the Monoprix. Since everything is closed on Sunday (thanks Valeria for the heads up on the crazy shopping hours – though I still wasn’t prepared), we had nothing….. no food, no clothes soap, and NO WINE! Once we got back to our home, and I made the kiddies lunch, we headed out to walk the Av. des Champs Elysees in search of the ‘Wheel of Paris” . Both kiddies fell asleep in the stroller and I stopped at a Cafe for some much needed caffeine. We ended up at an amusement park off the Rue de Rivoli, beside the Jardin des Tuileries. It was here that I heard someone call out my name. It’s weird to hear your name called out when you least expect it…… and to say I least expected it in Paris is an understatement! The person calling out was one of my old chefs from Vancouver…… Mr. Claudio P. It was fitting that it was Claudio, because I ALWAYS seem to run into him in the most unexpected places and times….. Paris so far takes the cake on unexpected places! The kiddies and I had a great day riding rides and the Wheel of Paris topped the day off!
To say that Brodie has been an amazing trooper during our sight seeing adventure would be an understatement. On our second day in the neighbourhood we decided to go and see the Arc de Triomphe. We walked all around the bottom, watched the cars drive by, and admired the burial site of the unknown soldier. Syd was especially interested by the fire that was burning there, and didn’t want to leave the site. We then bought our tickets to the top and when we went to walk up the 284 stairs to the top, we were offered to take the elevator. Brodie said “no thank you, I want to walk up”….. and with that we were off. Syd got the best end of the deal as I carried her until the last 10 steps, when she said she wanted to walk. Both kids loved the views….. Syd was most interested in the Eiffel tower view, and Brodie was super interested in the La Defence view, and I was just so happy to be in that exact moment, soaking it all up with my kiddies…..mini Syd meltdown on the top of the Arc and all!
On our third day we decided to buy a 2 day pass on the sight seeing buses ‘Les Cars Rouge’. The first day was great. We got off at the Palais de Chaillot and the Jardins du Trocadero, to admire the Eiffel Tower and have a quick snack on the lawn under a tree. We then hopped back on our ‘le cars rouge’ and got off at the stop for the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was hot, humid and the kiddies were tired. The lineup to get into the cathedral moved very quickly. We lit a candle for my Oma, walked around and admired the stained glass windows. Syd needed a bathroom break, I needed a coffee and Brodie proclaimed he was hungry, so we left the cathedral, and found a great little pizza place for lunch. Once we were recharged it was time to hit the cathedral, climb some stairs, and go visit the gargoyles atop the Notre Dame. I walked around the side and couldnt see a line up for the top. There was a sign that you needed a ticket past that point but couldnt find out where that was. I asked the guy letting people up the stairs of the proceedure and he informed me it was about an hour wait to get a ticket then about another 45 minutes after that. I said “Oh….. OK” and while carrying Syd, I looked at Brodie and was going to tell him that we were gonna have to come back another day, when the guy asked if it was just the 3 of us. I said yes and he opened the rope and told us to have a good climb! It was the nicest thing EVER….. I could have hugged him! He saved us 2 hours in line, and I didn’t have to disappoint Brodie.
The top of the Notre Dame gives some great views of Paris. Both kiddies loved the gargoyles. Syds favourite was the elephant, when you looked down the centre along the back side of the Cathedral. At the very top, it was Brodies turn for a mini meltdown. All those stairs finally took its toll on the little man, and I wasn’t sure we would ever make our way down. I am happy to say we eventually did and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. After a full day we finally made our way back to the Arc de Triomphe and Av. Mac-Mahon.
On our first day walking down Av. Mac-Mahon from the Metro, I got a bit confused on where we were to turn to get to our street. When we came upon the Noodle Panda I remembered that that was were we were to turn, and proclaimed “oh yeah….. we turn left at the Noodle Panda”. This has now become our catch phrase every day as we head ‘home’ from the Metro. Both kiddes, usually laughing say “there’s the Noodle Panda – turn left”.
Enjoy your Daily Dose
Love our ‘Home’ for 2 weeks.
our awesome red door – love the door handle!
Hallway leading to the street
Wheel of Paris
View from the Wheel of Paris
view from the Wheel of Paris
Batman car at the amusement park
In the neighborhood at l’Arc de Triomphe
The Princess and her tower (dental floss and all)
I have felt like this on more than one occasion so far in Paris
La Defense and the Grande Arch in the distance
Hopped ‘off’ Les Cars Rouge. Photo compliments of Brodie!
Hopped ‘on’ Les Cars Rouge for a quick drive by.
Remember to turn left at the Noodle Panda