While we were at Disneyland Paris we took the train into Paris for the day. It is nearly an hour train ride into the city but the trains are efficient and there is a station right at the Disneyland entrance so it doesn’t get more convenient than that.
Our first stop was the Memorial de la Shoah (the French do not use the word Holocaust which is Greek, they use Shoah which is a Hebrew word). It is interesting to see how each country has dealt with this tragic part of their history and then decided to share the information. We have been to museums in Poland, the Netherlands, Berlin and now Paris and each one has shared how events leading up to, during and after World War II has affected their country and it’s citizens.
This wall had names of people who helped the Jewish during WWII. It was a very long monument. Below is the crypt and the only place inside where we were allowed to take a photo.
The memorial was well put together with a lot of information and artifacts on display. My girls are very well behaved while we visit museums but they do get bored so we don’t always get to spend as much time as we would like to thoroughly read over displays but we did get a chance to see everything. I would highly recommend a visit to the memorial if you get the chance. Admission is free and it is fairly easy to get to.
We also visited the Musee Marmottan Monet. We had wanted to visit the Orsay but we didn’t plan well and purchase admission tickets ahead of time. So we visited this smaller, less crowded, more focused museum and enjoyed it. Of course we couldn’t take photos here, either, but I wanted to mention it since it was a nice museum.
After a late lunch we made our way towards the Eiffel Tower, where we did plan ahead and had a reserved time to take the elevator up to the second level. We took some photos from across the river looking at the Eiffel Tower and these may be my most favorite photos from our entire trip! I did not pose them, just asked them to stand there so I could take their photos! I love these so much!
While you are sitting near the Eiffel Tower it looks tall, of course, but it feels soooo much taller once you go up. The first we visited Paris we didn’t go up because one of the elevators were under repair and we didn’t want to wait in line or climb up the stairs carrying 2 and 3 year old kids.
Once in the elevator the ride is quick! I liked the “man” sitting on the outside.
And here is a view looking up from the observation deck.
I could take photos of the Eiffel Tower all day long and as we walked away I kept looking back over my shoulder so I could get just one more look.
I love Paris! The coffee is delicious, the macaron’s are ah.maze.ing! The city is gorgeous! I hope to go back someday and spend more time there.