Myself, husband, daughter (10) and son (7) traveled to Paris 2/21 - 3/3. Backstory - due to covid, we canceled a trip for April 2020 to Paris, Bruges and Amsterdam. We had vouchers expiring in March and April 2022 and had to act fast. I booked flights in mid January and the hotels two weeks before. We decided to stick to one country’s requirements (France) and will be visiting Belgium and the Netherlands in June.
Flying on TAP, we left Boston on February 21st and landed in Lisbon February 22nd with a 7 hour layover at the airport. I was dreading the immigration line having experienced a 90 minute wait in 2019 but we spent only 15 minutes in line and were through. Luckily we had some much needed naps, a little shopping, McDonald’s and half a dozen pasteis de nata to power through. Our connecting flight to Paris was uneventful until about 20 minutes before landing when my son exclaimed “OMG, I can see the Eiffel Tower!” After two years of canceling, waiting, re-planning, and worrying, it was finally real. We strolled out of Orly in 10 minutes and were whisked into a cab to be taken to our hotel in the 7th arrondissement.
We stayed at Hotel du Palais Bourbon which we had booked two weeks before we left. Originally I had planned a hotel in Montparnasse but after dragging my feet it was completely booked and so I had to grab what I could find. Not only was it affordable, it was so quiet, had the best boulangerie across the street (Boulangerie du Musée) and we loved the walkability of our location. Everything was 15-20 minutes away on foot and the Varenne Metro was a minute’s walk. It was very clean and we were the only people there except for one or two nights. Delightful! The Rodin museum was one minute up the street, Invalides around the corner and the Eiffel Tower could be seen as we walked back to the hotel at night. It truly was perfect for us and I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Oh, and extremely comfy beds!
Musée d'Orsay, Seine stroll, Churros and Nutella at Trocadero, Champ de Mars, Eiffel Tower (2nd floor), Pierre Herme macarons at the ET, dinner at Le Dome. Bought cheap black and hot pink berets from a street stand for my daughter and I. Had to do it!
We planned the Louvre this day because it was supposed to rain between 2-5; however, everyone else had the same idea! While we waited we took pictures in a long corridor outside and at the Pyramid before entering and grabbing a quick lunch of ham and cheese baguettes. After fueling up for the Mona Lisa, we headed her way and the kids got right up front for their viewing. We saw a few more highlights and decided to head out after the rain ended. Luckily, it only showered for an hour while we were inside. A quick walk through Jardin Tuileries and we headed back to our hotel. Dinner was at Au Coin de la Rue, a bar/restaurant on our block. They were very accommodating since we had the kids and we loved it, especially the caramel cheesecake - to die for!
Disneyland Park - Tickets from 2020 were expiring March 31st so this was a major reason for going now during February school vacation. Never been to Disney in Florida so this was our chance to get some Disney in Europe and kill two birds with one stone. We were a little worried about the Metro getting there but once we were on the RER it was fine. Wait lines weren’t bad, kids loved it and we had a chilly but sun-filled day. This park was much better than the Walt Disney studios park.