We only had a few days left before we met up with a family member in Germany, so we decided on a whirlwind tour of Paris. We rode the bullet train from Nice and booked a cute loft in the Latin Quarter. It’s a dangerous spot: there are multiple Boulangeries full of decadent treats within a minute’s walk!
On our first day in Paris we heard something from the boys that we never thought we would hear. “That was so much fun!” they said. They were not talking about a visit up the Eiffel Tower or a Ferris wheel ride in the park. They were talking about the our visit to the Louvre!
We went on a private family tour with “Paris Muse,” which bypassed the awfully long line and took us on a top-secret mission through the museum. Our guide, Anya, was a young New Yorker who was great with the kids. She kept their attention and filled their heads with fascinating history! At the end they decoded a secret message and got a prize. It was a blast! The bonus was that Rich and I enjoyed the tour just as much as the kids did!
Somehow, I managed to sprain my foot on our first day, which really put a damper on things. But a little Motrin and a few open air bus rides did wonders. We were still able to see a lot of the city. We strolled along the Seine, played in the Tuileries Garden, visited Notre Dame, drove around the Arc de Triomphe, explored the Champs-Élysées and visited the Eiffel Tower.
And we dined, and snacked and dined some more. Thank goodness we only had 4 days or we would have all gone up a pant size!