Ending on a personal note, I took my 10 year old daughter Darcey on this trip (although she didn't come to the markets, I'm working on her enthusiasm). She has dreamt of visiting Paris since a young age, she watches a lot of B&W films and fell in love with Paris before she knew where or what it was.
I have seen the sites before, luckily a few times now but seeing them through the eyes of a 10 year old is by far the best way to do it. I have never thought of looking at architecture upside down, forming a arch under the Arc de Triomphe, stopping to dance with the street entertainers instead of avoiding eye contact and grunting at them, seeing how long it takes to run round the Eiffel Tower as well as looking at the views from the top after spinning on the spot, skipping instead of walking along the beautiful river banks, stopping to read every sticker on every lamppost, admiring amazing doorknockers and peeking through grand courtyard doors. It took the innocence of a 10 year old to remind me that life is amazing, it opened my eyes to things I often miss. I thank Darcey for showing me an entire new side to Paris, an upside down, full of fun and adventure...... Paris
On our last night as we climbed into bed she said "It feels like we've just got here, I don't want it to end", so we chucked on our clothes and we saw the sites by night too (sober which was a first for me) and then when we finally got home she said, "We really did see Paris and it was much more then I thought it would be" ...... for me too Darcey xx