Instead, here are 15 things I learned on our family trip just after New Year.
|Eiffel Tower! Just as awesome in real life|
1. Check the hotel address before you go. Using your booking confirmation, not google. This means you avoid going on 3 metro lines to the wrong hotel instead of one to the right one.
|First Croissants in Paris...nom nom|
2. Not specific to Paris, but check toothpaste is toothpaste before using it. Sometimes it is deep heat trying to look like toothpaste. Secondly, deep heat on your tongue does not feel nice.
|Love locks near Notre dame|
3. As much as jumping the queue at Notre Dame seems to go against the principles of the building your entering...do it anyway.
|Inside the Church|
4. It's a long walk from the Gare de Lyon to the Eiffel Tower. But totally worth it. take lots of pictures.
|Nom nom crepe|
|The famous pyramid|
|Place de la Concorde, where they used to execute people|
|Arc de Triomphe|
|French onion soup|
|Flame of Liberty, unofficial Princess Diana memorial and Eiffel Tower|
|The Eiffel Tower! Of course.|
5. Buy your tickets online for the Lourve and enter from the Metro station, even if you don't. The line outside is ridiculous!
|Mum inside the Louvre|
|People seeing the Mona Lisa|
|The Mona Lisa|
|Mary Magdalene made of wood|
|Old medieval towers under the Louvre|
|The building itself is stunning|
|Napoleons Apartments is probably one of the most opulent things I have ever seen.|
|From inside the pyramid|
6. Buy the french hot chocolate. It is like melted chocolate but somehow not too rich. A-mazing.
|Sitting outside a cafe in Paris! Dream.|
7. Maybe don't accidentally buy the 15 euro macaroon....or maybe do? You're in Paris afterall!
|Don't tell Dad...|
|Palais du Luxembourg|
|Me in the gardens|
|Eat all the food|
8. Snails taste somewhat like mushrooms and mussels. Try them.
|Fancy french dinner. Simple but amazing.|
|Creme Brulee. Oh em gee.|
|Our local stop|
9. Line up for the catacombs early. Like. Really early. Don't even bother if you don't! Ok bother, because they are like nothing you've ever seen.
|Creepiness in the Catacombs|
|People from cemeteries all over Paris were moved here|
|The Catacombs hold the remains of six million people|
|They were originally mines where the stone for many of the buildings in Paris came from|
|Original metro sign|
10. Get lost in Montemartre, and duck into small cafe's with piano players and fresh crepes.
|View over Paris|
|Artist square in Montmartre|
|Artists painting and selling their art|
|In a lane in Montmarte|
|Delicious fresh crepes|
11. The Moulin Rouge isn't as fantastic and I thought it would be, but still cool to see, and the street down to it from the top of the hill had the most amazing food.
|Cheese shop on Rue Lepic, and awesome street for food|
|Really great local pastry shop... just to continue the food theme!|
|The Moulin Rouge windmill|
12. Try the cheese. It stinks and you think someone let one rip every time you open the fridge door but it's delicious.
|The Opera House at night. Another stunning building|
13. Get a map for the Pere Lachaise cemetery and investigate who you want to see. It's not as easy as you think..
|Walking through the narrow cemetery paths|
|The style of the graves|
|I took this because Berry is a name that is in my family|
|Oscar Wilde's grave, with glass to protect from lipstick..of all things|
|One of the concentration camp memorials|
|Jim Morrisons grave|
|The grave of Chopin|
14. If it's the first Sunday of the month then you get free entry to lots of attractions. Take advantage of this because it's usually ticket sales that hold up the lines!
|Had to go back by the tower one last time|
|View from the top of the Arc de Triomphe|
|Looking down the Champes-Elysees. Now that song is in my head..|
|The last supper. Croque Monsieur.|
15. Eat pastries. Everyday. And every other kind of French food you can get your hands on. Did you notice I like food...? But seriously. Croissants, chocolate mousse, eclairs... etc etc etc