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Chapter 16. Family visits and being tourists in Paris

Hello all! It’s been too long, I know. I definitely need to get more disciplined about posting weekly or bi-weekly. But I do have an excuse….my annoying mom and little brother were visiting and they were just soooooo demanding!! 😉

Having my mom and brother here for a visit was a great excuse to go ‘touristing’ around the city. Marc and I honestly haven’t spent too much time at the big sights of Paris- we don’t really feel like fighting the crowds, and we have been having a good time exploring our little corner of the city.

Here is the thing… the crowds are there for a reason; some of the sights are really fantastic! I had such a great time being a tourist in my new home city. Here are a few of the things we did:

Arc de Triomphe/Champs-Élysées

I think the Arc de Triomphe is my favourite monument in Paris. It’s so enormous, beautiful, and impressive.

After wandering around the Arc, we went down the Champs-Élysées and got ourselves some macarons at La Durée (a must!). There is free wifi along the Champs-Elysees, so you can see that mom and Andy were very focused on the scenery….

Look up guys!! Haha

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Despite visiting Île de la Cité several times and seeing the church, this was the first time I’d actually been IN Notre Dame. It was really special, such an impressive space with a rich history. We were there right before Mass, so we got to hear the bells ring!

However, as amazing as the church was, our favourite part of this visit was the bread festival tent that was set up in the courtyard. We spent so much time in there watching the bakers making baguettes and (of course!) sampling a load of goodies. The croissants we bought there were easily the best we’d ever had!

Eiffel Tower/ Seine Riverboat

Our next tourist choice was obvious. You can’t come to Paris and not see the Tour Eiffel! Marc and I let mom and Andy go up to the decks on their own- we’ve done it before and didn’t feel like braving the lines. Also, those crazies decided to literally WALK up all the stairs….far too active for me!

We met Mom and Andy at the base and then went to the river and hopped on a boat for the hop-on hop-off river cruise. It was a beautiful (HOT) day and we were so happy to be out on the river! Sadly I don’t have many pictures to share of the cruise. I took several videos but I don’t have the ability to share those on my blog.

Well, that sums up the touristy adventures. I will do another post (soon, I promise!) where I talk about some of the less touristy things we did while Mom and Andy were here. That one will definitely feature some amazing foods, so stay posted!

Lots of love,


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