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Paris, Part 2 (deux!)

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On Saturday, we continued our Madeline-themed sightseeing by visiting Sacre Coeur.


We rode the funicular up the hill but walked down the steps in front to get some city views. The girls also rode the carousel.


After lunch, we rode the Metro across town to the Luxembourg Gardens to catch a marionette show. DD1 wasn't sure she would like it, but was won over pretty quickly. DD2 was excited from the start and enjoyed it all. The shows are performed in French, but it wasn't a problem because all the physical humor overcame the language barrier. The puppet theatre is adjacent to the big playground we had visited before, so we spent some more time there before dinner.

The next day was the first Sunday in July, which means free admission at many museums. We opted for the Musée d'Orsay because it would be closed on Monday.


The museum website mentioned treasure hunt activities for the kids. I asked for them at the front desk. The lady said they were in French, but I told her that I read it. She asked for the kids' ages and gave me 2 different hunts: heroes (DD1) and princes and princesses (DD2). Each has 5 works for the kids to find, along with a paragraph explaining the work that was pitched well to the age group--and that turned out to be in English after all. It also gives the room where each is located so we didn't have to wander aimlessly to complete the tasks. Both girls enjoyed the activities.

DD2 had exhausted the batteries of her camera by this time (she'd been playing a lot of games on it), but she snapped this pic at the museum with my phone:


It had been in the mid- to high 80s for all of our time in Paris, but Sunday was even hotter yet, reaching 93. After eating lunch in a hot cafe, we were in need of some AC. We headed over to the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store. Our first stop was the cafeteria for cold drinks. We also wandered through the souvenirs and toys (note: the latter has some toys out for kids in a small play area, but it is aimed at the younger set. DD2 was happy, while DD1 complained that nobody thought about kids like her). Once we had cooled down enough, we went up to the roof for some city views.


We also checked out the cool glass dome in the main building, which is visible from several floors.


By the time we were ready for dinner, the cafeteria and a couple of the other eateries at Galeries Lafayette had closed. The one that was open didn't have good choices for the girls. We also didn't want to wander in the heat for a place that would be open on a Sunday evening. We took the RER back to our neighborhood, ate there, and called it a night.

On our last full day in Paris, we went to the one sight the girls were the most excited to see: the Eiffel Tower! We would have gone earlier, but the pickings were slim when we bought advance tickets a couple of weeks before the trip. DH and I noticed that the security has increased substantially since our visit 13 years ago. We arrived well ahead of our arrival time, so getting through security went smoothly.


As we waited to go up, I learned that the Eiffel Tower gives a shout out to the father of modern chemistry.


The only disadvantage to buying an advance ticket to the Eiffel Tower is that you can't predict the weather. As luck would have it, we got some rain while we were in the tower. Fortunately, it was only a brief shower, so we were able to go inside where the bathrooms and souvenirs are and wait it out for a few minutes. We still enjoyed plenty of great views.


We started at the second level, and took the stairs down (279 of them, according to DD1, who counted) to the first level. Part of the floor of the first level is glass, which is cool--and slightly disconcerting.

For lunch, we grabbed sandwiches at the base of the tower and found a park bench. We had a nice view!


Our afternoon stop was the Pompidou Centre.


I had read that it was a fairly kid-friendly museum. It has children's workshops and a children's gallery. The children's workshop was closed during our visit, but the children's gallery was open. There were foam shapes that you could use to make images on an interactive screen, which was kind of cool.


The girls enjoyed it, though they quickly became interested in building structures out of the foam shapes instead of using them with the screen--but hey, that's art too, right? As for the regular exhibits, DD1 tolerated them fine, but DD2 was done with the art almost instantly. I took the girls back to the children's gallery while DH checked out a few more rooms of the museum. Once he was done, we visited the Igor Stravinsky Plaza and got dinner and souvenirs nearby.


In all, we visited the following Madeline sights (or at least saw the exterior up close):
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame
Luxembourg Gardens
Sacre Cooeur
We also saw the Place de la Concorde from a distance.

We didn't get everything, so we'll have to visit again someday!

Posted by amikulski 09:01 Archived in France Tagged churches art children museums parks monuments playground

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