Visiting The Louvre in Paris

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During our trip, we made a point of visiting The Louvre in Paris. I could have spent days admiring the works of art in there.

From the minute we walked in, we were lost. The Nerd was our navigator, while I tried my best to wrangle Andrew into staying in the stroller. We were cranky and tired — this was the day before we left Paris. I knew time was running out, and I wanted to make sure we saw everything we could.

We had no idea where we were going (we were trying to find the Mona Lisa!) but we were together, as a family. It was frustrating at the time, but looking back, it was one of the best days of our trip. It’s funny how, in the moment, you expect things to go a certain way. When they don’t, your attitude shifts and the meaning gets lost.

I’m going to try to remember that from now on. But hey, I’m only human, right!?

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I was shocked at how tiny the Mona Lisa was. And how giant The Last Supper was. And the richness of the stained glass windows. And the polished feel of it all. To think that these items were held and created by some of the greatest people to ever live just takes my breath away.

One of my favorite memories will always be visiting The Louvre in Paris. I will never forget our watching our little man, who had had ENOUGH of the stroller, wander down the halls past paintings five times as big as he was. He paid no mind to the significance and the history around him. He was just a happy little boy, doing as he pleased.

We were there. We saw these treasures. Andrew won’t remember, but one day, I’ll show him these photos and tell him about the day. About how he played on the floor in front of centuries-old paintings, how he crawled close to The Last Supper. I can’t wait for that day.

 

Our Trip to Paris in a Few Photos

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It’s been almost two months since we went to Paris, and I don’t know how to tell you just how wonderful it was. I just can’t do the trip justice, so I’ve been hesitant to share it with you.

I posted yesterday about Disneyland Paris and just how great it was. After spending a week at Disneyland, we moved to a hotel in the city, literally blocks from the Eiffel Tower. I could see it from our window.

Don’t get me wrong — I was ready to come home at the end of the trip. Two weeks is a LONG time to spend overseas, especially with a toddler in tow. But I have wonderful memories of the trip with my two men that I will cherish forever.

I could do two weeks’ worth of posts about the trip, but I’ll just sum it up with a few of my favorite photos. I am, however, going to do a separate post on The Louvre (because, how could I NOT?) and a day trip we took to London.

Enjoy!

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Disneyland Paris Disney Dreams!

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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit Paris as a family. It was such an amazing experience and I wanted to share it with you! For the first week, we stayed at Disneyland Paris for Minecon 2012. During our stay, we had to take Andrew to Disneyland!

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Westin Galleria Dallas Staycation

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Last week, The Nerd and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary with a Dallas staycation at the Westin Galleria. Sometimes, it’s nice to just get away for the night.

Our 18th-floor room was really nice. The Aggies were playing in the Cotton Bowl that night, so we decided to head up to the Westin Executive Club Lounge and watch the game. This is an area exclusive to patrons of the Executive Club rooms where hors ‘derves and drinks are served in the evening, and continental breakfast is served in the morning.

The hotel was recently remodeled and now features a spacious pool area with personal cabanas, in addition to spacious and modern rooms. You can even choose a weekend package or shopping package to make your Dallas staycation even more convenient and affordable.

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But the best part (besides the shower) was the view. We opened up the windows and looked down on the Dallas skyline.

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Oh, and the shopping! It’s great to be so close to all the great shopping venues in the Galleria.

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We had a wonderful time, and it was a special anniversary. You can read more of my posts about Galleria Dallas here. Have you ever had a staycation in your hometown?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card for a one-night stay at the Westin Galleria Dallas. All opinions and photos are my own. 

The Eiffel Tower At Night in Paris, France

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One of my favorite things to do while we were in Paris was walk around the city at night. The lights were beautiful and the city was quiet. And the Eiffel Tower at night — oh, it took my breath away.

Our second night in the city, we walked to the tower from our hotel. I’ll never forget seeing it lit up that way. It was pure magic.

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More Paris photos to come!

We Made It!

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Well, we made it!

We left for Paris a week ago — and it’s been a whirlwind of activity since. First we had to get from the airport to Disneyland Paris — that was a feat in itself. Once we were settled, the work began in getting our booth set up for Minecon.

I’ve been working non-stop, with just a few chances to see Disneyland. But now, Minecon is over and we’ve moved to our hotel in the city for the remainder of our trip.

We arrived at our new hotel late Monday evening, and I have to say, I’m in love. The Eiffel Tower is just outside our window.

We decided to take it easy that night and most of the day on Tuesday, taking a rest from our flurry of activity since we arrived in France. We walked to a small market down the street, bought cheese and bread and cookies, and had a makeshift dinner in bed.

It was wonderful.

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Tomorrow, we’re boarding a train to London to spend the day. Then, we’ll spend the rest of our time touring Paris and experiencing this beautiful city.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with our trip. I’ll be posting throughout the week. There are already some photos of the Eiffel Tower!

Be back soon!

Planning Our Trip to Paris

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I’ve always dreamed of visiting Paris, France. So I jumped for joy when the chance for a trip to Paris next month arose for some consulting work I’m doing. We decided to stay a bit longer and tie in a family vacation. Since we decided to go, I’ve been scouring the web trying to plan our trip. But when I found Gogobot, a social travel site that launched in 2010, my search was over.

Gogobot allows you to connect with your friends to get their advice on where to visit, what to eat, and where to stay when you travel. You can use the service to plan things ahead of time, or you can poll your friends on the fly.

It is super-easy to set up a trip and search for popular destinations. You can even filter the results to show people you know who already use Gogobot. Don’t know anyone using the site yet? No worries! You can pose questions and share them on Facebook or Twitter to get responses from your friends!

When I searched for Children’s Activities, I found Départ 104, a museum with an amazing carousel (it has moving bugs on it!) that I can’t wait to show Andrew! I never would have found this place otherwise.

Once you add destinations to your trip, you can view them on a personalized map. That was really handy for me to see where all the different places I want to visit are in relation to each other. It will make it easier to plan our days that way.

I love that there’s an iPhone app for the website, so when we get to Paris, I can still search for info and ask questions.

Take a moment to check out my trip plan and recommend some destinations for us, if you’ve been to Paris!

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What’s your dream vacation? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

 

Disclaimer: Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.

And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.

The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.

 



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