If you read the previous post about our trip to Paris and London you remember we made a detailed plan of our stay in Paris. Here is how it worked out.
June 13 just after noon - departing from Frankfurt, Germany by train 16:50 - arrive to Paris 17:30 - arrive to the hotel 18:00 - dinner Unexpectedly it took us a little bit more than one hour to check in. So we quickly had a snack in the nearest restaurant and went to Eiffel Tower 18:45 - ice cream Because we wanted to visit Eiffel Tower that night we skipped ice cream 19:00 - take subway to Eiffel Tower When we reached Eiffel Tower it started raining and we became wet very quickly. Our kids anticipated to be on the top of Eiffel Tower very much, so rain was not a problem for them. 20:00 20:30 - go to the top of Eiffel Tower Our kids were very excited when they reached the top of Eiffel Tower. Also for several days before the trip our 6 years old son had a wiggly tooth and when we were on the top of Eiffel Tower he lost his tooth. He was the happiest kid around! 21:30 - go back to the hotel
June 14 8:00 - wake up 8:30 - breakfast On this day we arranged to have a private tour around Paris. Unfortunately our tour guide had a baby that morning and he rescheduled the tour for the next day. Because on the following day we planned going to Louvre we decided just to switch days in our itinerary. But ... we found out that Louvre was closed on Tuesdays. So we decided just to explore Paris. 9:45 - ice cream 10:00 - 13:00 - private tour around Paris Here are the places we visited that day
Passed Pompidou museum
Went through yard inside of Louvre, where our son thought that he can safely step on water in the fountain and still stay dry. Well, laws of nature did not work the way he wanted.
Stayed in Tuileries Garden. It was a very nice playground over there.
Stayed in D'Orsay museum for an hour.
Stopped at playground, ate ice cream and visited the shop where they sold a lot of delicious sweets, candies, and croissants
18:00 - Seine river tour It was very relaxing tour after our day of exploration 20:00 - dinner 21:00 - ice cream 21:30 - go back to the hotel
June 15 It was the busiest day in Paris 8:00 - wake up 8:30 - breakfast 9:45 - ice cream Because we had a private tour guide that day we changed our plans again. 10:00 - go to Louvre 11:00 - 13:00 - Louvre 10:00 - 13:00 - Private tour guide around Paris The final stop was Notre Dame, where we ate crepes. To be honest we were not impressed by Parisian crepes. 13:30 - lunch 14:00 - ice cream 14:30 - 16:00 - Louvre We prepared our kids what we would see in Louvre months in advance. I planned our route through the museum, so kids would not loose interest and not become bored. There were ten major pieces that we showed them including Venus of Milos, Mona Lisa, Michelangelo statues among others. Within an hour and a half we were done. 15:00 - 18:30 - playground, go to Montmartre 16:00 - 18:00 - visited Arc de Triomphe 18:00 - 22:00 - went to Montmartre, walked around Montmartre, carousel, ice cream, playground, went to the hotel
After very hectic day we had a very calm schedule 8:00 - wake up 8:30 - breakfast 9:45 - croissants, ice cream, and other delicious stuff 10:00 - go to D'Orsay 10:30 - 12:30 - D'Orsay
We had lunch in a restaurant next to Luxembourg Garden. It was very authentic and we were the only tourists in that restaurant. The waiter did not speak English and to demonstrate some menu items he took food from a table next to us to show how it looked. 14:00 - ice cream 14:30 - 16:30 - walked around Paris, moved towards railroad station 17:30 - departed to London by train