Paris Getaway – Part II – Day Trips

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

Day I

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.

La princesa Sofia looking at the lighting of the Eiffel Tower.

Day II

Palais Garnier

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.

The Louvre 

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.


Musée d’Orsay

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).


Day IV

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.

Our ferry back to the mainland was at 3:00 p.m. so we really made the most of our four days in Paris. There’s always so much you don’t get to see, but that is just an excuse to make another trip back – especially with some family.
au revoir –

7 thoughts on “Paris Getaway – Part II – Day Trips

  1. I love Paris! We went last year and I just wrote about it also. I love that you covered a couple areas I didn’t get a chance to go to though, like the Arc de Triomphe and Musée d’Orsay. Those are definitely on my list for my next trip. You pictures make me want to go back again sooner!


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