Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Grace Takes on Paris

After the first part of our vacation, we took a train up to Paris for 4 days/3 nights. I had been to Paris before, on a whirlwind of a trip (oh please, if you have never read my post on a fateful trip to the Louvre, go ahead and give yourself a treat. And then my recap of my first visit!)

But this was Ian's first trip to Paris, and was definitely Grace's first trip. And since, as our friend put it "When you've seen one old church, you've seen them all," I think I want to show you the Paris that Grace experienced....

Grace, at the Eiffel Tower. She really enjoyed it when I carried her up over 200 stairs in my arms. What was I thinking? Always use the carrier!
Grace, at Notre Dame Cathedral. Here she was a little perplexed. Ian had given her a mini lecture on the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism and she thought it was a little over her head.
Grace and the Musee D'Orsay, where Grace got to view Renoir, Monet, Degas, Cezanne, and Van Gogh.

She thought she could do better.
We stopped for a "Gout" or afternoon snack and Grace decided it was time for some food of her own. SO, lemon sorbet it was.

Yes, you read that right. I fed my 4 month old daughter a taste of lemon sorbet.

And it was good.
Grace, at the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.

Grace decided to class the Champs Elysees up a bit and had a blow out explosion. I'm sure the shoppers buying their Gucci and Prada appreciated the colorful work of art that she displayed.
Grace at Les Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed. Grace decided this was a snooze fest and promptly passed out. Ian and I got popsicles. And that is all I have to say about this historical monument.

Grace visiting the Louvre. She loved the history and art that she got to see here. She also loved riding around her stroller, aka her chariot.

Ian tried to help Grace out when she became a little over heated.

Turns out, Grace+Air Vents=Not Happy Baby

Grace dined at bistros and cafes, charming the passerbys and waiters alike. She even elicited advice from a kind (NOT!) french woman who told me Grace's headband was too tight.

Thanks lady, thanks alot.
Grace also got to ride all over Paris on the top of a double decker bus.

That is, until our bus driver drove too close to a tree and, like a scene out of a movie, a branch sprung over the entire 2nd deck, taking out all it could.

Scary moment.

I never thought my life would flash before my eyes on a double decker bus.

But, hey, C'est la Vie!

Grace, if she had the ability to control her small motor muscles, would definitely give Paris 2 thumbs up, and we are so excited that she was such a good little tourist!


Emily said...

I love this post and the pictures! Looks like you guys had a great couple of days. So glad that you guys were safe on the bus though, that would be super scary!

Unknown said...

So pleased she had a good time. One for the album!

Kelley said...

i absolutely love how you guys took pictures of just grace at the different places! TOO cute!

The Barker's said...

This post made me laugh!!! I loved how she was just "propped" in all the pictures and yeah!!!!! For tasting lemon sorbet!!! So stinkin adorable miss grace is!!!! I find it incredibly fascinating that not only are our girls born a day or two apart, have some matching outfits, share a common name, but also that I think we have the same car seat lol. If you didn't live in another country, I'd say we were meant to meet up!!! =)

French Lover said...

Hahaha I love those photos !!! Grace is so sweet :D Glad she enjoyed her trip in my hometown :)


Kayla Rae said...

This is hilarious lol.

Jessica said...

This was so cute!! Grace is already quite the world traveler :-)