Sunday, April 3, 2011

Paris 2011

Well we did it again! We decided to take a last minute trip and this time we chose Paris. Spring time in Paris, what could be better?! The flights were open, so after the state gymnastics meet we jumped on a flight for a quick trip. If you ever wonder how Sawyer handles flying, he is amazing! He loves every minute. With all the flights he has taken he has never been a problem (knock on wood). This is what our row looked like for most of the flight. As you can see, he sets up all the animals, cars, trains, planes and any toy he has managed to fit in his bag and lays them out across the tables. It's really funny! What a trooper! Once we landed in Paris, we found ourselves a hotel and headed out to the shuttle. Sawyer slept really well on the flight and was wide awake ready to take in a country.
Once at the hotel, we showered and got ready for the day. I guess the jet lag caught up with him. As I was getting our "to go bag" ready, Sawyer was waiting patiently by the door. This is how he ended up. One tired boy!It wasn't long before he was wide awake enjoying the subway. He loves all transportation I suppose. He looks out the window and takes it all in. Here daddy and Sawyer are enjoying the ride.Our first stop was Notra Dome. What a beautiful Cathedral! It's always amazing to see such magnificent architecture. Even Sawyer loved it!I know this is a horrible picture but I'm not a photographer. This was the entrance into the Cathedral. It is stunning!All the stain glass windows are spectacular! Here you can see the Rose Window.It rained almost the entire time we were there. We didn't mind it at all. It actually added to the experience. We stopped into a cafe for a bite to eat.We spent most of the first day just walking around the city taking it all in. There is so much to see and do it's almost overwhelming. Here's a new family photo. Pretty cute I think!At the Louve. Another amazing place to see although we didn't go in until day two. This is a good picture of Mark and most of the the museum. Sawyer playing in the puddles in front of the Louve.I love how he just walks around with no worries. He really does love seeing new places and venturing out. He is one amazing boy! He really wanted to play in the fountain like all kids do.Another beautiful picture of Mark and the Louve.Here is the Arch just on the other side of the Louve. The gardens are just on the other side.Mommy and Sawyer walking under the Arch.The gardens are really dark but you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background.I love this picture. I think it is breathtaking. I find it fascinating how different countries are from one another. We have such a small perspective on what's out there. We are lucky to travel as much as we do. Sawyer all smiles! Isn't he adorable!Not the best shot but the Eiffel Town at night time was spectacular! The Eiffel TowerSawyer is taking the lead as he takes us under the Tower. He really loved it, we all did!Just across the street from the Eiffel Tower was a carousel. Sawyer was so excited! We seem to find a carousel on most of our trips. It's almost become a must. Sawyer loves them, and we love watching him."Hi mommy and daddy!"This makes me laugh! Sawyer's eyes are as wide as they can go. Funny boy!The next day we headed back to the Louve to go inside. Both Mark and I love museums and couldn't wait to go inside. Here Sawyer and I take a photo where most people have there hand up pretending to hold the diamond. I didn't know that until after the picture.Mark and Sawyer in front of the Mona Lisa. This is a beautiful piece of art. The Mona Lisa.
Not everything can be serious at the museum, right?!

This sculpture, I believe, is the original "girls next door!" Where is the pool?
Here is the "first coped a feel."The original "moon!"Mark and the "skull." How scary is that. The best part is that I took about five pictures of this and people kept appearing in the background.

Me and Sawyer taking our last picture in what is one of the most amazing museums.After the Louve, we headed back to the Eiffel Tower. We really wanted to go to the top. Sawyer thought the elevator to the top was awesome! He just stood up next to the window and watched as we got higher and higher. Apparently he isn't afraid of heights!Sawyer on the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was cold but amazing.A view from above. I never realized how big this city was. Beautiful!This is one of my favorite pictures from this trip. Both Mark and Sawyer have such big grins. You can almost feel how much fun they are having. I love these two guys!And back to the carousel we go. We couldn't walk by without letting Sawyer ride it again. He was so excited to ride the train while on the carousel. Look at that smile! On the train headed back to the hotel. What an amazing day we had.

We had such an amazing day. We were sad when we figured out the flights had filled up for the weekend and we had to leave the next morning. We were only there two days but two of the best days. We had so much fun spending time together as a family, seeing new sights and continuing our random travels around the world. I can only hope Sawyer will remember some of the exciting places he traveled as a little boy.


Haley said...

lucky!!! jealous. wish i could take some of these trips with you!

Sarah said...

What an amazing couple days it looks like! I am so jealous of the fun trips you get to take, but so glad you get to enjoy them! One of these days I will pack myself in your suitcase and go along!!