Our 2nd Day In Paris with My Wife and Three Kids
Here’s Day 2 in Paris, the second video chronicling our trip across Europe. This is our second day in Paris (technically third, but we don’t count the first night!) where Erika, myself and the kids take in some culture as we explore the basilicas and museums in Paris. As always, there’s more to come here and in our YouTube Channel as we make our way through all the major European stops!
McDonald’s Breakfast Before Hitting Museums in Paris
We start off the day outside a McDonald’s reminiscing about the little café we went to at the base of the Eiffel Tower yesterday. It was a total tourist trap, strategically placed to drain as much money as possible from unsuspecting visitors (like us!). The food looked average at best so we didn’t order any – all we had were two coffees and four bottles of water, which cost as a whopping 55 Euros! Something to keep in mind for first-time travelers to the busy tourist areas in Paris.
Paris Travel Tip – Avoid Overpriced Tourist Trap Cafes
Overpriced tourist trap cafes in Paris are a dime a dozen. They are often located in popular tourist destinations, such as the Champs-Élysées or the Eiffel Tower, and they charge high prices for mediocre food and service.
Here are some tips for avoiding overpriced tourist trap cafes in Paris:
- Do some research before you go. Read reviews of cafes online or ask locals for recommendations.
- Avoid cafes that are located in popular tourist destinations.
- Look for cafes that have a local clientele. This is a good sign that the food and service are good and the prices are reasonable.
- Be prepared to walk a little further to find a good cafe. The best cafes are often located in the less touristy areas of the city.
Exploring Museums in Paris – the Louvre
After energizing ourselves with a little breakfast, it was a quick cab ride to the Louvre. As we reached one of the most famous museums in Paris, excitement filled the air and we were ready to immerse ourselves in a world of art and history. On entering the Louvre, we were pleasantly surprise with an unexpected perk – since we had our baby Emma on a stroller, we were allowed to bypass the queues provided our own private elevator ride. Feeling like VIPs, we stepped into the open-circle elevator and ascended towards the world’s most valuable paintings and sculptures. What’s there to say about the Louvre that hasn’t been said before? It was a great experience. There’s so much to see and learn you need a few days to see it all properly – we unfortunately had a few hours. The kids got to see the Mona Lisa, an Egyptian Sphinx and walk on the ancient foundations of the original Louvre Castle. It was crowded and busy with tourists, but that didn’t diminish the sense of awe and wonder.
Paris Travel Tip – Best Way to Experience the Louvre
The best way to experience the Louvre in Paris is to do your research and plan ahead. To make the most of your visit, it is recommended to plan beforehand what you want to see, check the interactive map on the Louvre’s website, and consider taking a guided tour.
Here are some additional tips for experiencing the Louvre:
- Buy your tickets in advance to avoid the queues.
- Arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
- Bring a water bottle and snacks, as there are no food or drink vendors inside the museum.
- Take breaks throughout the day to rest your legs and mind.
We took full advantage of the sunny weather and bright conditions on our way out by taking a bunch of selfies in front of the Louvre and then met up with Erika’s relatives (who were vacationing in Paris at the same time as us) and took a scenic cab ride to our next destination: the Montmartre district of Paris. On the cab ride there I regaled Erika’s sister with anecdotes of the time Erika and I fell asleep during the intermission of Les Misérables in our last trip to Paris and the time Erika and I fell asleep (for five hours) on a beautiful beach at Messina during our last cruise to Sicily. What can I say, travelling across Europe really takes it out of you, you get your shut-eye where you can.
Exploring Sacré Coeur & the Art District in Montmartre
From the awe-inspiring Sacred Heart Basilica to the bustling Art District, the historic Montmartre District of Paris is a vibrant neighborhood that has plenty to offer visitors. We started off by exploring Sacred Heart Basilica, which is a majestic cathedral sitting on the top of a hill that offers breathtaking views of Paris. After exploring the church, we stopped off for a pizza lunch (that was excellent) and explored the back alleys of the Art District. We spotted some sports cars in the streets which delighted the kids, and ended our day with some gelato. Unfortunately, near the gelato shop were three sketchy men who were pretending to be tourists but were acting very suspiciously – they quickly ran off when Erika’s sister confronted them. Be careful with your belongings, especially in crowded areas frequented with tourists.
Paris Travel Tip – Get Enough Sleep!
Getting enough sleep is essential for enjoying your European vacation. When you’re well-rested, you’ll have more energy to explore, you’ll be better able to handle jet lag, and you’ll be less likely to get sick. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and try to stick to a regular sleep schedule, even when you’re traveling.
- Here are the takeaways from Day 2 of our stay in Paris:
- Watch out for tourist-trap cafes and restaurants near popular sites that over-charge unsuspecting visitors.
- You won’t see everything in the museum in just a couple hours, so don’t sweat it! Enjoy the time you spend there.
- If you have a packed itinerary, you may randomly fall asleep when you have a quiet moment to yourself!
- Watch out for pickpockets in crowded tourist hotspots! Be aware of your surroundings.
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