This is the second post on a three post series. If you missed out on checking how our travel time went, check it out here.
To plan our trip out, we used an awesome site, Visit A City. This site gets so specific that it gives you the best times for visiting the attractions. We will definitely be using this travel guide for our future travel.
We arrived at Calais around 3:30 p.m. and it was a two hour drive to Paris. By the time we arrived at our Airbnb, it was around 6 p.m. Thank God for long summer days, because there was still so much light. We wanted to accomplish at least two attractions in our first day, so we decided to do the Arc de Triomphe and see the lighting of the Eiffel Tower.
Our second day was an extremely productive day. We started off at the Palais Garnier Opera House. My camera just doesn’t do the justice this architecture deserves. The walls were stunning and I could really feel like royalty if I were ever attend a show here.
Our next stop was to the infamous Louvre Museum. We spent about three hours here and it was not nearly enough. There is so much beauty and the views are incredible. Here are some of my favorites. Stay tuned for Part III, where I’ll share my tips with kids on each attraction.
Our third day wasn’t as busy, and we strolled into Musée d’Orsay at almost 11 am (the kids slept until 0945 and it was glorious). This museum was truly beautiful. The views from the balcony were breathtaking of the city and River Seine. We didn’t get to see nearly all of the art we wanted to, so I know this will be an attraction we will be back to.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
The Notre Dame was simply a site to be seen. Recommend going to see the glorious architecture and sit during a service (which coincidentally was going on during our visit).
Jardin du Luxembourg
Our last day in Paris was spent taking in the beauty at Luxembourg Gardens. The blooms have mostly wilted by this time but it was still extraordinary.