We’ve walked around the Eiffel Tower many times but had never made the trip up it before. My brother and I decided we would like to, so we stood in line and then walked up almost 700 steps to the second floor (there are also elevators, but the wait time is way longer and plus a little exercise is good, right?). The view was well worth all the stairs!
Buying our tickets ahead of time online would have definitely saved us some time, but it ended up being okay.
|My brother on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower with the city of Paris behind him|
While we were climbing hundreds of stairs, my husband and stepdad took our girls on the carousal out in front of the Eiffel Tower. They of course loved it. 🙂 They had also wanted to take them over to the playground, but it was unfortunately closed due to the football tournament going on at the moment.
|My favorite Van Gogh at the museum|
|Our little girl was so excited to find Van Gogh’s self portrait|
The museum was fantastic. We had a great time seeing Van Gogh, Monet, and many others’ beautiful art. Beforehand, we had showed our toddler different pictures of the art that we would see there so she could be looking for it when we walked around. We had already visited Monet’s Gardens last summer, so we focused a bit more on Van Gogh. She was so excited to see his “swirly” art and even drew a few of her own “swirly” pictures beforehand.
|These two did so great all day long.|
Musée de l’Orangerie
This museum was located just across the river from d’Orsay so it was a short walk over. It does not allow strollers, but does have a spot where strollers can be checked. Our toddler fell asleep on the way over so instead, my husband and I just took turns in the museum while the other waited in the front room with our sleeping little one and stroller.
If you only have time to see one thing in l’Orangerie, go see Monet’s giant canvases of water lilies. They’re spectacular and breathtaking and you won’t regret it. The museum has two circular rooms set up with his different canvases wrapped around the walls. I took our youngest in first and both her and I loved it. She loved walking up to the paintings and just pointing at all the colors before running over to the next canvas to see what she could find.
There are other famous art downstairs that’s also definitely worth seeing too if you have the time, but Monet’s water lilies were by far my favorite.
|I love this picture so much|
The basilica is beautiful and has an incredible view of the city from it’s steps. We enjoyed walking through the church and the surrounding area.
|Checking out the view|