Saturday, September 1, 2012


We have had plans to visit Paris for a little over a month now.  Going to Paris and seeing the "REAL" Eiffel tower is something that the fellas have wanted to do ever since they learned that we were moving to Europe!  Nate and I went to Paris nine years ago for our honeymoon and were super excited to show the boys Paris.
We had a free apartment thanks to a guy we met while staying in TLA, and we got super cheap tickets on the ICE train.  The catch was that the train left at 8:30 pm, Friday night.  Unfortunately, the train was late and we didn't get into the apartment until after midnight.  Most children would compensate by sleeping in.  Our children were up at 7:00 am raring to go!We had planned on doing the big bus tour on our first day and seeing as much as we could!  
I love this picture of Ethan intently listening while the Concord is in the background.  The Concord is where Marie Antoinette was beheaded.  
 First stop was Notre Dame.  Everyone told us you would get sick of seeing hundred of year old churches....and the boys already have.  Ethan said, "Yep, another Dom (church)."
 The Champs Ellyse and the Arc de Triomphe are my two favorite things in Paris.  I think mainly because I love how Nate tries to say them with his French accent.  
 When I told the boys that we were going to go up 300 steps to get to the top, they laughed.  Then they screamed.  Then they laughed again.  I actually was wrong about the number of steps.  There were only 284.  
 We stopped for a breath and a picture break.  That statue in the back is totally Ethan's exasperated face!  He makes it all the time!  
 The views from the top made the trek to the top totally worth it!
 They had been waiting ALL day to see it!
 We were all red eyed and BEAT!  I think he just stared out into space for a while.
 We switched trains and stopped at the Jardin du Luxumborg, and the whining began.  Poor Link was beat! 
 We wasted some time people watching (and there were enough people to watch).  I guess when there is very little grass in the city,  you sit where you can find some!
After we couldn't stand the whining anymore, we started walking back to the apartment and towards the restaurants!  The boys quickly spied the slowest carousel in the world.  Ethan started kicking his legs trying to make it go faster!  It was hilarious!  
We have BOTH boys in bed and asleep by 7:00 pm!  Everyone should feel refreshed tomorrow for a day at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre!  

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