It is not possible to do Paris well in just a few days but we tried our best. You just need to be willing to forgo a bit of sleep to pack it all in :)
A late Fall morning walk through the Luxembourg Gardens was a wonderful way to start the day. Keep in mind that the design of the gardens is perfect for children. You can find a playground, a zip line, a puppet theater and...oh, how Parisians love their carousels. We saw them in every town.
Sometimes they are musicless but always turn and spin with grace. What I found intriguing was the game children play while riding the horses. If you are on the outside horse you hold a small baton or stick in your hand. The attendant unhooks a pear shaped wooden egg and slips little tin rings into the egg. As children race around they try to spear the rings dangling from the egg onto their batons. As the carousel picks up speed it gets tricky for the child to catch a ring on their stick. There is no reward for being able to spear the rings on the stick just the satisfaction of accomplishing it.
Even though Paris has the nickname City of Lights one could add City of Steps. After a metro ride with a transfer there were over 100 steps to get out of the subway to reach the Montmarte (Mountain of the Martyrs) area and then over some 400 steps to reach the Sacre Coeur, a Byzantine looking church. While this 130 year old church was impressive so were the Sunday crowds listening to an impromptu concert.
P.S. Some French recipes acquired along the way will be coming soon. I need to figure out how to convert the ingredients to our American measuring standards.
Hope you enjoyed hanging on to our shirttails as we cruised starting at the Cote d Azur (blue coast area) to Provence on to Burgundy then to Paris.