Paris – Prémier Journée

3 June 2010

I wish that I could say that we were up bright and early in the morning, but alas I cannot. Oscar was up with the proverbial lark and I had to chivvy Dave and Felix into getting up. Once we were up though there was no stopping us! We breakfasted on pain au chocolat in the courtyard of the Louvre then headed into the museum to buy our Pass du Musée and show Felix the Mona Lisa, which he was incredibly excited about thanks to an episode of The Sarah Jane Chronicles.

Getting about the Louvre when one person is in a pushchair and another is terrified of lifts is fraught with difficulty and misadventure. I managed to lose my family several times after optimistically waving them off in a lift then rushing to where I fondly imagined they would be getting out!

Oh look, it’s Madame Récamier’s feet!

Anyway, Felix was beyond excited to see the Mona Lisa at long last and I think he is starting to really get into art and history now! He really liked David’s ‘Sacré de Napoléon’ too, which is brilliant. I enjoyed showing him the Mesopotamian lion gates too as I absolutely adore them. He was less keen on the sculpture galleries though – I think the statues reminded him of the creepy Weeping Angels in Doctor Who!

Felix posing with one of the big gates. I love them so much.

When we had had enough of art, I er went to look at more art and paid a visit to my favourite museum – the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, where I ran amock taking loads of photographs of paintings, plates and beds. It was great.

Oh look, it’s me!

Look at these amazing beds – the bottom one belonged to a famous Parisian courtesan, who would appear to have slept on both her livelihood and profits all at the same time.

After this, we went for a walk that took in the church of Saint-Roch and the Place de Vendôme, where we went oooh at all the jewellery before taking a wander to Chanel to buy lipstick. We were much amused by the back room, where a sad faced man seemed to be discussing how he was going to pay for his wife’s handbag.

I fell in love with this necklace in the Boucheron window on the Place de Vendôme.

We stopped for lunch (sandwiches and salad) in the Tuileries gardens before walking down to the Champs Elysées so that I could go to Séphora and then the Arc de Triomphe, which Felix fearlessly went up with Dave. There was some sort of military ceremony going on, which was weird as there was one last time I was there too – maybe they saw me coming? I sat with Oscar and thought about Eugène de Beauharnais, after seeing his name inscribed inside the Arc.

Felix very happily eating a Cornetto in the doorway of Monoprix on the Champs Elysées.

After this we got the Metro from the Arc to the Eiffel Tower, which Felix was very keen to see. He managed to get two free mini Eiffel Towers from street vendors, which is a bit of a coup! The queues were ENORMOUS so no chance of his being able to go up, alas. I don’t think I have ever seen Paris so busy; it’s a bit shocking.

There’s no way that I am going up there!

The boys had a lovely run around the Champs de Mars before we decided that ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH and thought we might get a boat back to the Louvre. This involved an extremely long boat trip with Dave going ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’ every few minutes. I enjoyed it though!

Oscar fell asleep on the boat so we strolled gently back to our flat, stopping at a café (aptly named Le Thérmidor) on the way for salad and crepes, which was fab. I’d better lose some weight this week thanks to all this walking and salad!

I’ve taken hundreds of photographs but am saving most of them for more in depth blog posts later on!