After spending a few great days in Amsterdam, we took a train to the Paris Gare du Nord Station. We easily got a taxi to Le Pecq, a small town north of Paris where our boat was docked. One thing to remember about Paris cabs is that they prefer cash. It is so easy to use a card, but don’t forget to get plenty of Euros when traveling to Europe. You will need them.
A few weeks before our trip, Viking sent us a welcome packet. It contained a booklet about our trip as well as luggage tags for our luggage.
|Inside the front page of the booklet so we know exactly where we are going. Each page after has detail information about your trip.|
When you book a trip with Viking, you gain access to a website about your trip. The website is where you provide them with personal information as well as book your excursions. They added more excursions the closer we got to our trip. Some excursions are included in the price of the cruise, but some are an additional charge.
|Piano in a field of wildflowers!!|
|Castle with a German bunker to the left- hard to see in this picture.|
|The bunker up close. Dr. T had to get an up-close look at everything WWII related.|
|Our view back at Paris from this “shee shee” suburb!! That is the Eiffel Tower on the left side of the small hill.|
|Beautiful Arc de Triomphe. I learned that the tomb of the unknown soldier is at the base.|
|A little surreal to look out the window of your tour bus and see your kids walking the streets of Paris!!|
|When I was here before, we didn’t go inside. This tour was fascinating!|
|My daughter and I made several trips here back in 2012. Glad I got to see it again.|
|We really weren’t’ hungry, but you can’t go to Paris and NOT eat a crepe.|
Let me just say something about going to the Louvre. It really is one of those things, like the Eiffel Tower, that needs to be seen in Paris. How can you go to Paris and not see the Mona Lisa? It is extremely crowded and extremely big. When I was here in 2012 with my kids, we went in and were so overwhelmed. We did see the Mona Lisa then as well as some other famous works of art. We didn’t even attempt to go in because there just wasn’t time. I made a vow that the next time I’m there, I will hire a private tour guide and spend at least a day in The Louvre. We met the perfect tour guide while on our trip. I have contact information for him and will talk about him in a later post.
|Of course, we got our kissing selfie- We always do!!|
|I included this terrible picture because I’ve always wondered where Princess Diana died. This flame sits atop the tunnel where the car wreck that killed her occurred.|
We chose the Full- Day Panoramic Paris tour for our day. The kids chose to be dropped off for a full day on their own. Other choices were: Highlights of Paris and the Louvre or Scenic Paris & Hills of Montmartre. As you can see, Viking offers many options for you to choose from.
I really liked a blog post I recently read about visiting Paris for the first time. I agree with so much of what is said. Getting Paris Right The First Time