Return of the Grand Adventure - England & France travel blog

Enjoying the view from the Arc de Triomphe

Enjoying the view from the Arc de Triomphe

Xavier spotting landmarks.

Inside the Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe has a pretty impressive stair case

This was taken from Trocadero

Xavier spotting Notre Dame

Above the river Siene with Notre Dame in the background

Xavier and Josh

Inside Sainte-Chapelle

Inside Sainte-Chapelle

Inside Sainte-Chapelle

Taneisha enjoying a floral ice cream

Xavier the Giant!

Taneisha and Keziah holding the Louvre glass pyramid

The Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

The 9000 year old Aïn Ghazal

Venus de Milo

A fancy subway enterance

Giggling Sisters

We started today with a visit to Arc de Triomphe, then a stroll down Avenue des  Ćhamps Élyseés. We stopped for a croque monsieur for lunch then continued across to Saint Chapelle via  Trocadero to take a quick look at the Eiffel Tower. We plan to go back to the Eiffel Tower at night. Sainte-Chapelle was absolutely stunning, and features an amazing amount of stained glass. There are actually 1113 stained glass windows. It was built in the 12th century to house valuable relics of the passion of Christ including the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.

We wandered through some bustling lane ways, along the Seine through some Friday night markets and ended up at the Louve museum where we saw many amazing pieces including the Mona Lisa. The kids were pretty impressed by the physical size of some of the paintings! They were also surprised that the Mona Lisa was so small and located in a room of extremely large paintings. We saw the Statue of Aïn Ghazal which is a staggering 9,000 years old.

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