Day Two - France

Friday, September 16, 2016

Our 2nd day in Paris was the beginning of our non-stop epic adventure!  We saw A LOT ..... and so much more to see .... we are definitely coming back to the city of lights!

Our first stop was the Notre Dame de Paris.  Dan stood in the line for the tower tour, while Olivia and I explored all the little shops up and down the avenue.  Once through, we climbed and climbed and climbed to reach the top of the tour.  Our friends gave Olivia a treasure map guidebook to Paris and Olivia loved finding all the various clues/sites along the way.  Highly recommend this if you are traveling with children to Europe.  The view was outstanding - we must have spent a solid hour just walking around and around the tower taking pictures and exploring the cathedral. 

After our tour of the tour, we headed to Sainte-Chapelle.  Thank goodness for Dan who was our navigator the entire trip!  This chapel is known for it's infamous and breathtaking stain glass windows.  It literally took our breath away!  Pictures just don't do it justice.  Right outside was the steps were Joan of Arc was captured by the English and later burnt at the stake. 

Then we were off to the Montmartre area and the Sacre Coeur.  To get there we made our first adventure on the metro.  Thank God for Dan, he navigated his way effortlessly ... I just followed!  We explored all over the town and had lunch.  We wanted to see the Picasso museum, but unfortunately they were closed on Mondays.  Afterwards, we climbed the stairs to Sacre Coeur, another fabulous view of Paris. 

We finally made it back to our apartment around 8pm that night - luckily the Parisians eat dinner late so we ventured down our street and had dinner at a little restaurant overlooking the Seine river.  We managed to walk over 24,000 steps on that first day.  Olivia wore her fitbit.  Little did we know that would be considered an 'easy' day of walking ... compared to the next few days in Paris. 

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