I’m finally getting around to sifting through the mountain of photos we took during our fantastic week in Paris. There are a lot, so I’m going to post in parts. Here’s the first installment…
For this journey to France, we decided to try the ferry from Dover to Calais. While I suppose it was nice to be able to move about during the trip, we all felt that the channel tunnel was probably the more efficient way to get across to France. We were glad we gave the ferry a go, but we probably wouldn’t do it again!
From Calais, we had about a three hour drive into Paris. It was a smooth journey, but it had been a long day of traveling. We were all glad to finally arrive at the apartment we rented in Boulogne-Billancourt which is in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris. This was a perfect place for us – plenty of space to relax after our days in the city, convenient to metro stops, and it had toys for the boys!
Our first stop was to visit the biggest flea market in Paris: the Marche aux Puces de St. Ouen. Joey was in the market for a telescope, Tommy was looking for an African spear, and Sammy was hoping to find a green bunny. We didn’t end up buy anything other than snacks and some Eiffel Tower keychains, but it was fun to browse through the “stuff” ranging from high-end antiques to cheap trinkets.
From Sacre-Coeur, we continued our exploration of the 18th Arrondissement and found ourself in the Pigalle (red-light) district were we saw the famous Moulin Rouge. The boys were unimpressed with the nightclub, but they absolutely loved the huge air vent that was across the street.
It became our tradition during our week in Paris to pick up baguette sandwiches for lunch at local shops and eat them while sitting in a park or pretty spot. On this day, we purchased our sandwiches for a late lunch and ate them in the little park in front of Eglise de a Sainte-Trinite. This was a perfect location because it also had a small playground.
It was a successful, fun, and tiring first day in Paris. Off to a good start! More posts to come about the rest of the week…