I have a confession to make… I absolutely fell in love with Paris during our visit there! Now I see why they call it the ‘City of Love’. Not only have I fallen in love with Paris figuratively, but I visited it with my two men in my life who I love dearly. We only had three nights in Paris. It wasn’t long enough to explore this city in depth given all its history, especially with a toddler in tow. However, I will be back to visit in the future for a more lengthy time… and yes, I know this is harsh, but child free! Three nights was enough to tick off the surface of what Paris has to offer and see the great city’s amazing and historical icons. We walked over 20kms per day while we were here, with a toddler strapped to our backs. We sure made the most of the Parisian Autumn sun. Here is what we ticked off:
We climbed the stairs of the Sacré-Coeur which revealed at the top, the most amazing view of Paris! This was free and a good workout, especially with a toddler on your back.
The Moulin Rouge
Unfortunately we could not see a show with a toddler, but we still got to have a look at this famous place. When I am child free, I will definitely visit here again.
Arc de Triomphe
We walked under the historical and amazing Arc de Triomphe and managed to get a selfie.
The Eiffel Tower
This was one of my childhood dreams to visit here. Finally it came true! We took the lift to the top of the tower and had the cliche kiss! What a sight! It was actually a great time to go as it was an Autumn Wednesday out of peak season, so the lines were nothing.
Picnic under the Eiffel Tower
You can’t go to Paris and not have a picnic on the grass looking at the Eiffel Tower. This provides great photo opportunities and selfies.
Eat a Baguette
French are famous for their baguettes. You can’t go to France and not have one. This was part of our picnic under the Eiffel Tower.
Eat a Crêpe
Oh my God! You haven’t had a crêpe until you have had one made by the French! Personally I like them with apricot jam, but nutella is pretty yum in the tum too!
Try French Onion Soup
If you have only had French onion soup out of a freeze dried packet like myself, you will be pleasantly surprised when you try a home made French Onion soup. I had it for dinner in a French restaurant close to our hotel and it had loads of mozzarella cheese in it. It was amazing!
Visit Notre Dame
What a beautiful building this is. The bells were ringing when we were there. It was spectacular.
Visit the Louvre
Because we had a toddler, we just got a selfie outside the entrance to the Louvre. This is a place I need to come back to and visit in depth. Art galleries are something I have a lot of appreciation for, but with so little vision now, it really is challenging. I have great appreciation for large architectural structures that I can still make out and see quite well. Art is something of finer detail and much harder.
Stay at Hotel 34B
This is the weirdest and quirkiest hotel I have ever seen or stayed at. If you are travelling alone or with a partner, I would definitely recommend it. However the room we were in was very pokey for the three of us and no cot was supplied for Archer. It wouldn’t have fit in anyway. Luckily we had a king-size bed. On a positive note we had a balcony with a view of the Parisian streets and the buffet breakfast was just to die for with everything on offer from eggs, veggies, cheese, meats, croissants, sweets, bread, crepes, fruit, yogurt and much more. I made a pig of myself here!
We ticked quite a few landmarks off our list, ate some French cuisine food and had a blast. We may have had a short visit, but I am so grateful to have visited at all and what a privilege it was.