What a dream come true for me! To finally be together on Christmas day after so many years and in Paris... I'm not sure how I'll ever top that in the memory department! :)
Because we got home so late the night before, we slept in and met in the hotel's restaurant for breakfast just before they closed. Of course, they had to have stockings from mom and dad with a little gift inside!
We had to have a photo of the fam before we headed out for the day...
Just about all stores and most restaurants are closed on Christmas day, so it was a good day to explore some more. Our first stop was in Luxembourg Garden. No little sailboats in the fountain at this time of year!
I love that, even in winter, they don't leave bare flower beds but have rows of neatly planted flowers.
The next photo is a reminder of what those same flower beds looked like in mid-October (and will look like again next year!)
The Gardens are home to the Senat, the government building there, decorated for Christmas, too.
French decorations are so different and so pretty in their own dramatic way.
Because most restaurants are closed on Christmas day, I knew we needed to have reservations for lunch and dinner, to avoid wandering aimlessly looking for food. The hotel had suggested this place near Notre Dame for vegetarian food, and it was very good! This was my Christmas lunch - a variety of things to try!
My reservation for dinner at night was my second major mom-meal-fail - I'll share that story tomorrow.
The line for Notre Dame was ridiculously long, so we told Jeremy we would show him photos instead. He was the only one who hadn't been inside.
Hotel de Ville...
BHV department store...
We decided that it was a good time to see the Eiffel Tower up close in the daylight. Brandon is a giant next to the tower!
I saw Becca taking a photo of this statue with the tower in the background, and I had to be a copycat. :)
It was cold! The Christmas Market at the Eiffel Tower was jammed with people, so we decided to skip it and head over to Rue Cler, a pretty street nearby.
Everything was closed up tight, so there wasn't much to see other than the pretty lights.
The trusty little Marche Saint Jacques near our hotel was open, so we popped in for some Haribo and to say hi to the cat. What a perfect French scowl on his face. LOL
We took some time to rest back at the hotel before our evening's adventure... stay tuned for that!!