Well - we didn't quite fulfill Quin's greatest wish this morning as we only went to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. But, in our defense, it was his choice. When we got there this morning, there were several lines. The lines to walk to the second floor were short (less than 20 minutes), while the lines for the elevator to the top were LONG (over 1 hour). We gave the boys the choice, and they unanimously decided to walk to the second floor (which might have had something to do with the fact that it was too sunny for them to play their DS). Nonetheless, the view from the second floor was spectacular, and Quin was quite happy. Berkley, on the other hand, had not eaten much for breakfast (despite our warnings to him to do so) and so was Mr. Pouty Boy on the second floor (see picture below). Luckily for him, his father was in an indulgent mood and carried him down.
We then got some food and had a picnic lunch at the Esplanade des Indvalides. Since we were right there, we walked over to the Hotel des Invalides, which houses the Musee de l'Armee. Given that this was full of guns, cannons and such, the boys loved it. It was closed today, so we couldn't see the exhibits, but that actually turned out for the best. It was relatively uncrowded (except for the bathroom!), and there were parts of it that we could see. Unfortunately, the Rodin Museum was also closed (Doug somehow missed that in reading the guidebook), so we only got a peek at the butt of the Thinker through the bushes. At that point, we were all beat so we headed in early.
So far, I've learned at least a couple of things:
1) Coca-Cola Light is not the same as Diet Coke. Disappointing when I want my morning fix, but also good, given that I'm trying to pare down to one a day.
2) It's somewhat difficult to shop for food here. The markets are small, and have few of the ingredients we use often. I know - we could eat out, but we're trying to stay on a budget and that involves some cooking at home. Also, when we're out, it's hard to tell from a glance at a menu whether there are enough appropriate vegetarian things for us to eat. So, probably lots of carbs while we're here - bread (of course!), pasta, etc.
3) Paris is a very walkable city. While we've used the metro several times, we've also walked around a lot. Makes for very pooped family at the end of the day, but pooped in a good way.
That's it for now. As always, more to come!