Picnic with a View

Waking up at 6AM, we got ready, packed our bags, decided against a sit down breakfast, instead we used the leftovers from last night to make us a feed and checked out. I was so excited!!

The train ride from where we were staying to CDG Airport was simple, it just took awhile to get there. The family were arriving at 7:20AM, but after customs, etc, we were aiming for them to come out of the arrivals gate around 8AM. When we arrived at CDG there were heaps of people in front of the arrival gate, so Tim being tall, had a look around for them whilst I waited at the gate.

After about 5 minutes we spotted them coming out 😀

Giving everyone a massive hug, we left the busy airport and headed back to the train station where we could catch up properly and I could cuddle my 7 month old nephew Alfie for the first time!!

first cuddle

Training it back to Paris, we caught a taxi directly to our hotel, which happen to be in the heart of the Red Light District. This was great as there was a good night life, shops and pubs were open late and there was a good atmosphere.

Once we were all unpacked and had rested for a little while, we decided to head out and explore the city.

On our walks we came across this lovely church, which we went inside to have a look in.

We then went to the Arc de Triomphe and walked along the Champs Elysees, which I was still struggling to pronounce!

Walking down Champs Elysees Tim saw a shop filled with racing cars, so we stopped for a look around.

After our long walk around Paris and because everyone was tired from flying, we decided to call it a day, grab some dinner and head back to the hotel.

When we got back I hopped in the bath with Alfie and Uncle Tim held him for the first time 🙂

bath time

uncle tim

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The next morning we all woke up feeling refreshed, enjoying our continental breakfast of croissants and cheese, we got ready for today’s adventure. Sacre Coeur, picnic lunch and Eiffel Tower climb.

The Sacre Coeur is positioned on the top of a hill,so was great fitness to make our way up there.

what family are for

Along the way we stopped for some gelati and a rest 🙂

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When we arrived the Sacre Coeur it was packed, we had a walk around and took in the beautiful view of Paris from the top of the hill. We spent about half an hour here, before starting our decent back down.

sacre coeur

Tim and ran ahead as we wanted to buy the goodies for lunch today. We agreed to meet the family at the train station and headed to the supermarket.

Buying some baguettes, pate, camembert, olives, ham, salami, baby cheeses,champagne and a chocolate mousse dessert, we ran back to the train station and boarded our train to the Eiffel Tower.

We thought it would be nice to have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, before it was time to make our way up it.

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Cheers

Cheers

Picnic with a view

Picnic with a view

Once we had all stuffed ourselves silly, we made our way over to the meeting point for the Eiffel Tower climb and collected our tickets.

The view from the top was beautiful, there are building and park lands as far as your eye can see.

View of Paris

View of Paris

We made it!

We made it!

After mum shouted us a beer to celebrate being together again and for making it to the top 😉

Beer with a view

Beer with a view

Once we had finished our beers, taken all the photos that we wanted, we made our way down to ground level again. We then headed over to a fountain where you can get photos with the entire Eiffel Tower in it, so took some more pictures before heading towards the river.

The sun was starting to set, so we decided to wait on dinner and enjoy a river cruise. The cruise line we went with was called Bateaux Mouches and lasted 70 minutes. It  took us up and down the Seine River, pointing out the Notre Dame and other beautiful architecture along the way.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

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Tim and I then took the family to a look out where they would get a nice view of the Eiffel Tower and waited for the sparkling lights to start. We then made our way back to our hotel via the Moulin Rogue to have a look.

 

 

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