Our last stop was Paris, France. And Paris is always a good idea! Liana was most excited about seeing the Eiffel Tower. We were glad to be out of London since everything is super pricey there. Our U.S. money was worth very little. The Euro I can tolerate but the pound is just too much.
One of my favorite things about Paris are it’s cafes. I love having breakfast there so I couldn’t wait to take Liana to her first Parisian cafe. We stopped at a spot near the Notre Dame Cathedral to have crepes, cappuccinos and hot chocolate. Yummy…
Next, we stopped at the Love Lock bridge in Paris. What is that exactly? It’s a place to profess your love. Write your names on the padlock and toss the key into the Sienne River as a symbol of your undying love. So, we are not a couple but she is the love of my life so we did it just for fun. Liana drew a picture of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower and then we tagged it up with our names (and branded it JerseyFashionista, of course).
Not too far a walk from the bridge was the Notre Dame Cathedral. This was my second time visiting the historical cathedral. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the new tourist bench (think Times Square!) they mounted in front of the cathedral. My first visit, I remember there being gypsies walking around the area but this time there were none. Just big tourist bleachers which in my opinion, kills the feel of it.
Once you get inside the cathedral, it’s just beautiful. Every detailed carving, the smells of incense and candles lit, it’s all very spiritual. We didn’t go up to the top because it would take up too much of our day and we were only in Paris for a few days.
More walking along the Sienne… Until we finally made it to the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileres (located right next to the Louvre). We didn’t visit the inside of the Louvre museum. That can take up an entire day. Our goal was to really to see some sights especially the Eiffel Tower, shop a little, and visit DisneyLand Paris. I guess you can say, the highlights. Being that it was my second visit to Paris, I didn’t mind at all. I loved revisiting the places I saw and seeing how a few places had changed. After all, Liana is a kid- I wanted to do things she would also enjoy.
Liana had a blast! And of course, bloggers always get to do fun projects while on vacay. So, I whipped out another one of the tutu designs and did a quick shoot using the carousel and then the gardens as the backgrounds. The Eiffel tower had major construction going on so that wasn’t an option sadly (they are making a restaurant in the middle of it!). Either way, we got some great shots.
Look! A rainbow and the Eiffel tower!
Next, we took a rest at probably one of my favorite spots in Paris. So peaceful. My mom loved it too. I think we all needed it after all the walking!
I really love this garden. It’s where I think I appreciate the Parisian lifestyle the most. It’s not like New Jersey at all. People sit, relax, communicate. There’s also a cafe in the park where people stop to eat or have coffee. You rarely see a person walking around with a cup of coffee to go. But then again, in a few years if I should return to visit, I may see that change just as I saw that touristy bleacher across the Notre Dame. I can only hope it doesn’t lose it’s authenticity because it’s such a beautiful city.
We ended the evening with a sparkly tour of the Eiffel Tower. Liana’s dream to visit came true and I couldn’t have been happier to help make that happen for her! She’s such an amazing kid with big dreams and a traveler’s heart.
So, our last day in Paris was spent at Disney Land Paris. I tried to fit as much as I could on this post but I decided to dedicate an entire post to DisneyLand Paris since there are so many pictures! See here. I hope you enjoyed reading about our little ventures to Europe this Summer.