After spending the morning at Disneyland, we hopped on the train and rode in Paris for the afternoon. It was a short 45 minute train ride into the city.
Our first stop, the Eiffel Tower.
We climbed to the second level and although it was raining and hazy (which is why we did not go all the way to the top) the views of the city were incredible. It was amazing to walk the four corners of this massive monument and to see the sites of the city wherever you turned.
By the time we reached the bottom, the skies had cleared and we were able to continue our tour of Paris.
We walked from the Eiffel Tower toward the Louvre but detoured along the way.
Between the 2 arches lies a street of lights. Lit up for Christmas with the Ferris wheel at the end (the Paris Eye as the Sparkman's named it) we walked along the shop stalls pausing to enjoy a hot waffle with chocolate and the trinkets.
From there we continued on to the Louvre and while we did not go inside we marveled at the famous glass pyramid entrance and the vast size of the building. (We have heard from friends who have been that they had almost toured 1/2 of one gallery in the day they went to the museum).
Just a bit further down the road we stopped at our final destination. While the gargoyles were barely visible in the dark and dreary night, the site of the famous cathedral was enough to fill us with awe.
With the rain beginning to pick up, we headed for the nearest metro station (or what we thought was the nearest) for our return home.
While our visit was brief and could hardly do justice to the historical and beautiful city, it was enough to give us a taste that would hold us over until we can return (with older children, or no children and more than an afternoon to explore)