Mama OWL Blog: {Summer Bucket List} Tour Paris!

{Summer Bucket List} Tour Paris!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The surprise of the Summer for me was exactly how much I fell completely in love with Paris. Primarily, I really wanted to take the children and show them the sights, but during our whistlestop bus tour of the city I also found myself gazing at the stunning architecture just completely in awe.
It is breathtakingly beautiful, descriptions and pictures just do not do it justice. I wanted to stay and spend hours wandering the streets and soaking in the atmosphere and history, but a few hours was all we had so we made the most of it by hopping on a Big Bus Tour (which is all L would have tolerated anyway, as it was he got a bit anxious half way through the tour & he never would have managed all the walking) and enjoying a guided tour of the main city sights, which cost €147.60 for 4 adults & 3 children (4-12).
We hopped on the Metro (approx €28) and travelled from our hotel just on the outskirts of Paris into the centre for our city tour. I'm not a massive fan of the underground (understatement), but I have to say I found the Metro a lot less traumatic than the Tube for which I was very grateful.

Starting at the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars, we were driven around the city on our open-top bus in the sunshine. We marvelled over the Notre Dame cathedral, L'Hôtel des Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, La Madeleine, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries, Musee d'Orsay, and the Palais Garnier, we travelled down the Champs-Elysées and walked across bridges over the Seine.

It. Was. Amazing.
We were all very much looking forward to a lovely week in the villa, and we had a wonderful time during our week away, but Paris was absolutely the highlight of our trip for me and I am so happy that we were able to take the children there. Now that they are older we can do more 'grown up' things as well as the usual family days out to theme parks & zoos.
Taking them on a city tour to see and learn about architecture and history was not only fun but important from an educational aspect, too - something I think banning holidays in term time will negatively impact. Breaks in the school holidays are massively overpriced and will prevent people from being able to share these experiences with their kids. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel this Summer, only made possible by a certain chap's exceptional organisational skills, and had it not been for him we'd have most likely been spending the Summer holidaying at home and would have missed out on such an amazing holiday and learning opportunity.

Our visit to Paris has given me the city tour bug, I want to take the children to visit as many cities as I can. We're planning a bus tour of London next, we have visited many times but I've never actually shown the children the sights so hopefully they will enjoy it almost as much as we enjoyed Paris - to be honest I don't think I'll ever love anywhere else as much as I love gay Paree!
These are just a small selection of our holiday snaps from Paris, if you'd like to see more check out the hashtag #Eurosheps on Instagram.

21 comments:

  1. What a wonderful place to tour. I had never thought about taking a bus tour in other countries. This is a great idea - and Paris isn't the easiest place to drive around. Thank you for sharing your pictures- there's some fantastic sights.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow it looks stunning, we have been to Disney land but not into Paris, after looking at your amazing pictures I am putting it on my list. If you have the city bug have you tried Barcelona, we love visiting xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow! Fantastic photos! Looks like you had an absolutely amazing trip x

    ReplyDelete
  4. Lovely photos. You have bought back some lovely memories of the place for me - my husband and I went there on our first holiday together. I would love to go back again soon as my 3 year old has developed a bit of a thing about the Eiffel Tower!
    Glad you had a wonderful time.
    #countrykids

    ReplyDelete
  5. The beauty of Paris - what a treat for everyone and the best way to learn about the history and culture. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wonderful.. I have never been to Paris but in my top list. Nice shots...

    #MagicMoments

    ReplyDelete
  7. Paris is amazing, we went twice when my oldest was tiny. I'd love to go again with all three. Maybe in a few years! Fabulous photos of your tour x #MagicMoments

    ReplyDelete
  8. It looks fantastic! I went to Paris a couple of times in my teens/ early 20s and we had been vaguely considering taking the kids there. We went to Barcelona last year, which they absolutely loved, so, like yours, they are obviously a good age for city breaks now.

    ReplyDelete
  9. We took our daughters to Paris on holiday when they were 15 and they loved it.
    It's great to experience sightseeing & culture as well as time on the beach as they get older.
    Thanks for sharing x

    ReplyDelete
  10. Aww really city of love. I love those buildings! thank you for sharing them =)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Paris is such a beautiful city and your photographs are fabulous.

    #MagicMoments

    ReplyDelete
  12. Paris is a beautiful city. I loved living there as a student. What I didn't like was the smell on the tube. Fab photos! #MagicMoments

    ReplyDelete
  13. Paris is a beautiful city. I loved living there as a student. What I didn't like was the smell on the tube. Fab photos! #MagicMoments

    ReplyDelete
  14. Gorgeous photos. I'd love to visit Paris. It really is a beautiful city.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I absolutely love Paris, the last time I went with my ex we spent all of one day doing all the different bus tour routes to get a great feel of all the different parts. Since then I always make a point of going on the bus tours #MagicMoments

    ReplyDelete
  16. Was only chatting to my OH last night about how wonderful it would be to visit Paris. He has never gone and I only went as a child when the school dragged us round churches which at 14 I was not impressed with at all.
    I am so pleased you fell in love a little - the absolutely right city to do it in

    ReplyDelete
  17. What gorgeous pics! We went to Paris last October and also thought it was beautiful, though as a Londoner I have to say that London has just as many amazing sights to see. Hope you'll agree.....

    ReplyDelete
  18. Ah yes, tour bus in Paris (when the weather is fine) are awesome! And what is best, it's that you can stop somewhere, visit the place and jump on the next bus to continue the visit!
    I love your photos!
    #AllaboutFrance is a great link-up.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Paris is one of my Top 5 places in the whole big wide world, having lived there for 10 years I still discover new things and never tire of it. I love that you've caught the city bug with your children. We take our kids on lots of European city breaks and they love them. I think it's such a wonderful way to learn about other cultures and kids are never too young for that. thanks for linking up to my first ever #AllAboutFrance linkup, I hope to ee you back again at the next oneon 5th March.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous whistle-stop tour - the photos show us such a glorious day with stunning buildings. We very much enjoyed our weekend there in November and plan to visit again in sunnier weather. What a great idea to take a London bus tour - I will put that on my list for now too.

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a great post! This makes me so much more excited about our trip to this part of Europe next month! x

    ReplyDelete

Comments are moderated (to prevent spam) but are always welcomed!
If you would like to keep up to date with my latest posts you are able to subscribe by email to have them delivered to your inbox! All details can be found in the Contact Me tab. Thank you for reading.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Proudly designed by | mlekoshiPlayground |