Christy, Miles, and I flew out Tuesday morning. The boys had to work all day and we thought it would be best if we went, got checked in, settled, and ready so the boys could just show up and go to bed.
|Miles and mommy getting ready to board the plane|
|Christy, Miles and I on the plane|
Miles did pretty good on the plane...there was a wee bit of a tantrum at the end of the second leg of the flight when I had to put the iPad away. But overall he did ok considering he had no nap and got woken up early.
We arrived, got checked in to our hotel (which was AWESOME...the Residhome Prestige in Val d'Europe), made a quick grocery run (and found stroopwaffles!!!), and waited for the guys to arrive. They got in WAY late...I had fallen asleep and poor Nathan gently knocked on the door for 10 minutes before he went downstairs and asked for another key.
Wednesday morning we swung by the park to get our Annual Passports (only €20 more than a 2-day pass...and you get a discount on souvenirs and food) and then we caught the train into downtown Paris for a day of sightseeing.
|Miles LOVED being able to run free in Disneyland|
|Family of three at Disneyland Paris|
It was cold and rainy, which at first bummed me out, but in the long run actually helped us out by thinning the crowds EVERYWHERE.
Our first stop was Notre Dame.
It was JUST as cool in person as I thought it would be. I still can't get over seeing all of these famous things in person. We saw the inside and then decided to climb to the bell tower. The stone staircase was narrow and spiral...and VERY worn. It was 444 steps all the way to the top (including the last set to the bell tower). But man alive, the views were worth it!
|View from the top|
|Family of three on the top of Notredame|
|The narrow, windy staircase|
|Feet in the staircase at Notredame|
Next up was lunch. We passed a few places before we found one that had what we were looking for: onion soup, creme brulee, a cheese cart, and escargot. It was an adorable little cafe on the banks of the Seine River. Paris is so romantic, even simple places like that elicit romance.
|Me trying escargot for the first time.|
|Nathan loves escargot|
I tried escargot for the first time, and I liked it. Although (in the words of a friend), what's not to like when it is drowned in butter and garlic?!
After we had ingested too many calories we hopped back on the subway to the Orsay Museum. This museum is built in an old train station. It has wonderful natural light...and a large collection of impressionist art. I am a sucker for Van Gogh and I love to see them in person.
After a quick stop in the Orsay we walked to the Louvre. It wasn't a long walk, but in the rain it doesn't take long to get soaked...even with umbrellas. We decided against going in the Louvre since we were limited on time, but we still took the obligatory shots. :)
We walked the path from the Louvre to the obelisque, which runs through a beautiful park with fountains and lots of statues. It would be a perfect place for a summer picnic...but it was full of puddles and by the end my shoes were SOAKED.
After the obelisque we hopped on yet another subway, made a couple transfers and ended up at the Eiffel Tower. Again...SO cool to be seeing it in person. The golden hue that was cast by the lights made it seem just a little more romantic...if that's even possible.
|Waiting in line for the elevator to the tip top|
|Family of three atop the Eiffel Tower...soaking wet|
|Feet on the Eiffel Tower|
|Love on the Eiffel Tower|
After the tower we caught a cab to the Arc de Triomphe, where we snapped a quick pic and then caught the train back to the hotel.
|Miles was DONE with sightseeing|
Thursday we hit Disneyland Paris at 8am for our Extra Magic Hours. We took Miles on his first ride: Buzz Lightyear's Lazer Blast.
He didn't seem too impressed...but when we went on Small World?? I don't think he blinked the WHOLE ride...and that's a LONG ride!
Nathan isn't a big ride person, so I ended up taking Miles on most rides, and for the grown-up rides I went with Taylor because Christy can't do some of those either. It worked out great.
|Daddy helping Miles with the Sword in the Stone|
|The BEST ride photo EVER.|
|Our little Jack Sparrow|
Our day ended up with meeting the Parisian Mickey Mouse. Miles was a little scared at first...but then he gave him a high-five and a smile.
Thursday night we ate dinner at Planet Hollywood. I know, I know...we were in France and we ate at Plant Hollywood?! It's tradition...and I know it's nerdy but it's us.
|Feet at Plant Hollywood in Paris|
|Planet Hollywood was named for me. Well...kinda.|
Friday we started out at Disneyland, we rode Small World again, Dumbo, and Taylor and I did Space Mountain one more time.
Then we went next door to Walt Disney Studios Park (the other park at the Disney complex). We rode more rides, saw more characters...and while I was on a roller coaster Nathan bought Miles a Lightning McQueen car. It's cute to see how excited Nathan gets when Miles gets excited about cars and tractors.
|Feet at Walt Disney Studios Park|
|My boys watching the car stunt show|
After the afternoon parade we went back to the hotel for a quick nap and then back to Disneyland for dinner at the Blue Lagoon...a restaurant set in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Our creme brulee was served en flambe...which was pretty cool.
|Poor guy was so tired he didn't even make it through dinner|
After dinner we stayed for the nighttime show: Disney Dreams. They used Sleeping Beauty's castle as a canvas and turned it into lots of different things, all set to Disney music alternating between French and English. Miles slept through the whole thing...I was kind of sad he missed it. :(
Saturday Nathan and I headed to Disney Village (like Downtown Disney) to get pictures of Miles in mouse ears and send some postcards.
|He looks SO thrilled...I think by this point he was Disney'd out.|
|Miles is Stitch. Really...he IS Stitch. An intergalactic menace. But we love him anyway.|
Then we met up with Christy and Taylor to head to the airport. The train ride in was interesting. We got to the central station and waited for 45 mins for our connection.
|Tired feet in the Paris subway|
|Operation: Keep the Toddler Entertained on the Flight|
We had a three hour layover in Milan...which was useful because Milan makes you go back through security for connecting flights, and we needed to eat.
|Miles found a friend in the airport|
We had a great time on our adventure...even with the rain, and the blisters, and the thousands of stairs we had to climb and schlepp the stroller up and down. Paris is a beautiful city and I hope Nathan and I can make it back there before we leave Italy.