10 June 2012

Red Carpet Market & an evening at the Eiffel Tower

We got to such a late start today. It was a little chilly and it drizzled on and off all day. That made me extra lazy. The kids were also chilled out. They found movies on the iPads, played with Legos, and drew pictures. They seemed in no rush to do anything but relax. Zane also used this time to practice magic tricks that he learned from YouTube. One of his classmates informed me," Zane, took all the Euro coins out of my body except for one, but don't worry he says he'll take that one out tomorrow when it's not so close to my brain.". I laughed so hard and Zane was happy that his coin trick was actually believable! Even though this poor child was content with holding onto said Euro, for another 24 hours I made Zane take it out.

Before leaving the apartment we whipped up a big lunch then put on coats and headed out to see the Eiffel Tower. On the way there we happened upon an open market with a lovely red carpet. Only in Paris could you find a red carpet outdoor market, so sophisticated! We ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the antique furniture, chandeliers, and mink coats. We didn't stay long though because we were on a mission to see the most famous tower in the world.

As we walked I continually searched for it in the sky without success. Then suddenly it appeared almost out of nowhere; it was just as I imagined it would be. The kids were elated. I had no idea that Zane and Dude even cared to see it. They both gave me double the amount of hugs and kisses that I get in a normal day. These two know how to melt a mom's heart! We stopped on the tower's lawns and let the kids run and play, only stopping them for an ice cream break and photo shoots.
We continued to walk under the tower and crossed the street to Trocadero. There we found an awesome carousel and a free concert/ street party. We hung out there a long time dancing and playing. The drizzle didn't bother us at all, we were having too good of a time. At about 9pm (remember that's still daylight here until about 10pm) we hesitantly headed back home, only stopping to grab a quick dinner. As we left our little diner the tower was lite up and reminded all of us tourist why Paris is the world's most popular vacation destination.

The kids ran and jumped back home. They were free in the streets of Paris and at home in the world.

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