Monday, March 31, 2014

Family Visit & Paris

We have been super lucky to have already had two sets of visitors already!  About a week after Ryan's mom and dad left, Ryan's older sister, Emily, and her husband, Sean, came out to visit us.  It's amazing how family can recharge your batteries.  :)  We had an extra special time with Sean & Emily because we traveled to Paris with them and celebrated Maggie's 1st birthday.  They got in on a Monday, they went to London on Tuesday and then we all left for Paris on Wednesday.  We were there until Saturday night, and the next day was Maggie's birthday.  Then they flew out on Monday to go back home.  Talk about a whirlwind of a trip!!

We spent part of the Paris trip with Sean & Emily and part of it we let them venture off to have some kid free time.  :)  They won't be able to do that very much longer!  That's right!! Maggie is going to have a cousin in August!!!  We can NOT wait!
Of course our first stop in Paris was to see the Eiffel Tower.  We didn't go up it this time since our main goal this trip was just to try and see everything.  We definitely have another trip in the works to come back to France next year. ;)

I have to say that we got so lucky with the weather in Paris.  It was absolutely gorgeous and didn't need a jacket most of the time.
Sean & Emily the soon-to-be parents!

Ryan & I decided to buy a bus and boat tour pass that was good for two days.  So we could just hop on and off the bus or boat at the locations we wanted to see more of.  On the open bus tour they had earphones to listen to a guide.

This was also nice because if Maggie was done being on the tour, we could just jump off and do something different.  I think she enjoyed it.

I was able to snap some pretty good photos of all the incredible architecture.  It was everywhere.  It's pretty amazing to think they were able to build something like this so long ago.

This was a neat view Ryan captured of the Eiffel Tour near the Louvre. 

Maggie & I on the boat tour.

Notre Dame Cathedral

This was free to go inside but you had to pay to go up top or to get the extended tour.

Since we had Maggie we thought just popping in to snap a few photos was good enough. :)  It was very beautiful.

The other side of Notre Dame.

Pont Alexandre III bridge
We did a lot of walking and covered a lot of ground.  That is one of Ryan & I's favorite things to do.  We feel like we see so much more and can take our time.

Plus it makes it easy to stop and take care of Maggie.  She really did so well on this trip.

One of the things on my list was to visit Lovelock Bridge.

You are supposed to write your love's name on a lock and throw away the key to symbolize unbreakable love.  We put the date on the back.

You can tell Maggie was very interested in this.  Ha!

Since both Ryan & I are not huge museum goers, we decided to just pick one to pay to go into.  I've heard from several people that the Musee d'Orsay was a little bit better than the Louvre.  So that was the one we chose.

It was huge!  Definitely so much to see here.  This used to be a train station.  You could definitely spend an entire day here.  There were 5 or 6 floors and lots & lots of rooms to see.

It was pretty crowded but we got to see the exhibits we wanted to see.  We even got to check out some of the amazing views from the windows.

The last day we were in Paris we actually went to that large building you see at the top.  More on that later in the post.

We did walk by and check out the Louvre.  The gardens and buildings surrounding it are pretty amazing.

Maybe next time we come we'll go inside.

I actually took a year or two of French in high school, and I remember learning about so many of the places we got to see on this trip.  I was pretty excited about walking down the Champs-Elysees street that leads you to the Arc de Triomphe.  It was pretty surreal to see it in person.

The Eiffel Tour from Jardins du Trocadero.  This was a gorgeous area with lots of fountains and views.

Maggie enjoyed getting a little water sprinkled on her.  This made me really excited for when she's old enough to run through the sprinklers.  ;)

Some good friends of ours recommended that we should check out the Montmarte which is located on largest hill in Paris.  It has the most incredible views of the city.  This is also a neat little area known for Moulin Rouge.  We only had time to snap a few pictures but definitely wished we had more time to explore this area.

The stranger cropped Maggie out of the photo.

We had such a blast with Emily & Sean.  Just wish they could have stayed longer!  I guess they will just have to come back and bring Maggie's new cousin next time. ;)


  1. On your return trip, go up a couple more places. We LOVED comparing the views from the Eiffel Tower (we went at night!) to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to the top of Notre Dame (THE STAIRS!). I wish we had gone to Montmarte as well. And good call on the Orsay. :-)

  2. What a fun trip! And the best part is that you guys are just a quick flight away and can go back anytime! Bryant and I absolutely love Paris and Montmarte is one of our favorite neighborhoods - you should definitely spend more time there on your next visit! Just behind the Sacre Coure church is a really fun art district :) And if you want a different perspective of Paris that includes the Eiffel Tower as part of the view, the Montparnasse Tower is a great option (I think it's called Tour Montparnasse 56).

    Congratulations to Maggie on getting a brand new cousin this summer!! :)

  3. I love the selfie of the three of you and Eiffel in the background!! Thanks for the post!


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